1Corinthians 8:13- Therefore if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to stumble.
I look at this scripture and the first thing that comes to my mind is stumbling block. How many times have I been this stumbling block or brick in another person’s path and not even know it? This scripture is talking about what we eat can cause someone to fall into sin, but it’s resembling the things of the world that can be a temptation leading into a greater sin or as we know it a “stumbling block”. I usually never know when I am doing this because I’m so focused on self and insensitive to others around me.
What is it that you and I do that makes us be this hick up or preventer in someone else’s life? I believe it is a variety of things but there are just a couple that I want to mention. The first which I already mentioned is that I am focused on self and I that we forget that there are true people around us with true emotions and feelings that at the sound of a certain song brings them back to that exact point of time of where they were. But to many times I want to fulfill my momentary pleasures which In return could cause someone around me to fall. I am to act in love and the law of love therefore to him, requires me to deny myself rather than to be the occasion of leading him into sin. 1 John 2:10 says” anyone who loves their brother or sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
God deals with everybody differently and this causes everyone to be in different seasons and stages with God. Some learn faster than others, some may have a harder time in a certain area than others and the freeing of sin takes longer than it did for you. Being sensitive to the walk their on with God would be the next lesson to adhere when not trying to be a stumbling block. Ask questions, get to know the person, learn their story and see how their walk with The Lord is and this should be a huge help in how you can be an encourager and not a stumbler. Isaiah 57:14 tells us to build up and prepare the road! And remove the obstacles out of the way of His people. We are to uphold our brothers and sisters in The Lord to make their path suited for their walk.
Application- I need to show more love to my team so today I will pray individually for my team.
You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
3 years the disciples spent day in and day out with Jesus, the early mornings, their mid days and their evenings into the early mornings only to do it all over again. The disciples and Jesus were inseparable and were always together, when you saw Jesus in His day most likely He always had one of His disciples by His side. Now can you imagine hearing “I am going away and where I am going you cannot come?” these disciples had no idea what He was saying and I could just imagine the thoughts going through all their minds some maybe thought he was just saying things because He was tired maybe some were scared, some maybe started to doubt. I’m sure at the least they were confused. Now then in this verse Jesus says I am going away and I will come to you. “Ok so your leaving then coming back? I don’t get it”. At least one of His disciples had to say this most likely peter. Jesus even goes on to say you should have rejoiced. I do not know about you but for me I would not know what to do or think I would be so confused, angry, anxious in what was going to happen next.
What these disciples were missing is that Jesus was going away so He could send the Holy Spirit, which was going to be the one who guides and directs their life. If Jesus never left them then the Holy Spirit would not have come. God has been taking me through this season of really showing me how important the Holy Spirit is in my life. I know He is there and I know He is always with me but still I do not obey Him. When I know the conviction still I go the way I want, when I know He is telling me to do something still I justify it. All these things I have been experiencing in my life recently and God has been showing me that He is not first in my life, that I am still leading my own life and making choices and decisions that please chris and not God. What these disciples and I are not getting is that Jesus had to leave us to send us His spirit to live in us so that it may draw us closer to Him. But so often I forget about the Holy Spirit that its self that is trying to draw close to God and doing this on my own strength will always end up with negative results. The power of Gods Spirit is so much Stronger than what I claim Him to be, I lower the standards and justify His power and strength that I always end up on the short of the stick. My only hope is with God and not using my own strength and wisdom, the Holy Spirit is the one who leads and guides us into all truth. (John 16:13)
Application- Ask the Holy spirit to convict me of an area of my life today where I am not obeying Him