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Bible Challenge – 1 Corinthians 16

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” v.13-14 (NLT)

This is one of those champion verses as believers we highlight in our Bible’s. We feel the conviction/leading of the Holy Spirit and eagerly desire this and rally around the though of it, but then we shut our Bible’s and sadly forget about the two verses that spoke so vividly to us.

But what if we didn’t forget and we really believed this beyond highlighting it or posting the verse on Twitter or Facebook? The impact would be HUGE! It wouldn’t only affect us, it would affect the people around us.  Isn’t this the essence of the Great Commandment and Great Commission? In these short 2 verses Paul instructs us to do 5 things.

1. Be on Guard!
We often forget that we have an enemy that wants to kill, steal, and destroy as Jesus stated in John 10:10. Standing guard means that we are watching for his attack. When we see the attack/temptation coming, we can better defend ourselves.

2. Stand firm in Faith!
There will be times that our faith will be tested! This testing can and will come from all directions and at times it will seem like we can take any more. But in those times, stay focused on Jesus and cling to his promise in John 16. “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” v.33

3. Be Courageous!
Courage also described as bravery, fortitude, will, and intrepidity. It literally means to have the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. It’s the place that causes us to be bold for Christ by taking that leap of faith, instead of shrinking back in fear like we often do. Like Joshua, we need to be “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.” Joshua 1:7 (NLT)

4. Be Strong!
Our real strength isn’t physical but spiritual. The Bible says that one day “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11 (NLT) Now that’s strength. We are only as strong as our relationship with Jesus. That’s why in the same paragraph that Joshua was commanded to be strong and courageous he was also instructed to “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9 (NLT)

The fact is, we need stronger Christians who will be Strong and Courageous!

5. Do Everything with Love!
I’ll be honest, sometimes its hard to love others, let alone to think others will love us. But the strongest person to ever live, was also the one who showed the most love. From all walks of life, we see Jesus loving people! When we get this out of place, we become rigid legalistic pharisees that push people away from the very things we say we believe. Remember the Words of Jesus, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)

These 5 things say a lot about our relationship with Jesus. They also say a lot about what we are called to do as believers. May prayer is that it will be more than a memory verse, but it will become a way of Life!

Today, how do you need to make this verse come to life? What areas do you need to grow in and where do you need to be strong and courageous all while showing the love of Christ?

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