Verses of the Day — 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

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Hey guys!

Today’s verses read, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

On June 28th, 1991, in Las Vegas, Colorado viewers witnessed the greatest show of strength and endurance many of them have probably still ever seen. On this day, “Iron” Mike Tyson and Donovan “Razor” Ruddock faced each other in a well-anticipated rematch. In the previous match, Mike Tyson pummeled Donovan so hard that the referee finally had to call the match. However, in this new match, Ruddock was not going to take that. Even though he lost, he endured until the end and the match didn’t have to be called. They fought out all 12 rounds and Mike Tyson only won based on the judges’ decision. So, what’s so interesting about this match? Well, in the third round, Ruddock was actually grounded with a broken jaw. Now, I know some of y’all might be thinking, “But I thought they fought all 12 rounds?” Well, that’s exactly right! And THAT’S what’s so interesting about this match. Donovan “Razor” Ruddock suffered a broken jaw in the third round of the match, but he still endured to the end and actually finished stronger than he started. This is an awesome show of staying power, but in the church these days, this kind of endurance is rarely seen. One of the problems with the church today is that we quit on God. And we quit on God because we’re not using the right weapons. We have to stop using physical weapons and start using spiritual weapons because the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”

In our text, we can see that there is a clear difference between us and unbelievers. The unbelievers are vying for a crown that’s going to wither away and die. Theirs won’t last. But we as Christians are striving for a crown that will last forever. Isn’t that a blessing? We don’t have to waste our time trying to get something that won’t last. We get to spend our time and energy on something that will last. And that’s not a waste. But it only works out this way if we actually make our goal the heavenly crown. A lot of Christians today have the wrong goals. They’re trying to please man and do things for man’s glory and leaving God by the wayside. But God tells us in His word that this is not right. The Bible says that our focus should be on things above and not on worldly things (Colossians 3:2). Listen to that again. Our focus should be on things above and not on worldly things. Focus. The definition of focus is a main purpose or interest. Striving towards God has to be our purpose! We have to be interested in God and not interested in the world. Once we get to that point, we can begin growing in Christ.

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better. Be better.

Verse of the Day — 1 Corinthians 2:9

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Hey guys! 

Today’s verse reads, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Today’s verse is simple for encouragement. The only thing to take away from this verse is purely what it says, so make this a verse that you memorize.

In this chapter, Paul begins by telling the Corinthians that he did not come to them acting all high and mighty and preaching using fancy words. He says that he came very humble and weak and the only thing he knew was about God and his power. For this, Paul was grateful so the Corinthians’ faith might rest on God’s power rather than man’s wisdom. Paul then clarifies that they do, however, speak a message of elderly wisdom. Then he starts talking about the Spirit. Paul says that the Spirit knows all things, even things of God. He says that we have the Spirit so that we may have some understanding of the things of God. Paul talks about how people without the Spirit consider the words that we speak that come from the Spirit to be foolishness because they do not have the discernment that only the Spirit gives. Paul ends by telling us that we have the mind of Christ 🙂

So, God has a mystery prize for us! How exciting is that? And the only thing we have to do to get the prize is to love Him. That makes me happy, because it is easy to love God. I say this because He does so many good things for us and He loves us unconditionally. To know that you have someone who wants you to be the best you that you can be and that continually puts things in your path so that you may achieve that…how could you not love them?

Something that I would like to point out is that God has already prepared these things for us. Past tense. There is nothing that we have to worry about because God has already provided for us everything that we need. The blessings that we receive from God are unknown to us because they are so great! It’s so amazing that God knows us so well that He gives us something to look forward to. He knows that life here on Earth can be hard at times and sometimes we may just feel like quitting. But He gave us something to look forward to and that is amazing.

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better. Be better.