1 Corinthians 4:15-16

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Grieving Sin

1 Corinthians 4:15–16 NKJV
15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
Left off with Paul telling us to imitate him as a Father:
We bear the responsibility walking as one worth imitating
How would we want to be treated in grace?
How would you like someone to respond to you when you blow it?
Be correctable
We need to be willing to be corrected
Be open to hearing what you need to correct
Ask the Holy Spirit to bring correction to your like
If you have people that you trust in your life ask them to give you correction
Be ahead of the game and have them give you insight to your life
1 Corinthians 4:17 NKJV
17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
I’m going to send you someone to remind you of how you’re supposed to conduct yourself
Honest mistakes:
Most people’s mistakes are honest missteps
I lot of our errors especially if you’ve been saved a while, aren’t deliberate disobedience
Aren’t ones of rebellion
but the fact that we have forgotten
Human nature is to forget things some of us more than others
My wife send me to the store without a list:
I’ll show her what I think
I forget stuff
It’s not often that we knowingly rebel against God, we can sometimes forget what his word says
Forget to acknowledge
Proverbs 3:6 NKJV
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Don’t be in such a hurry that you miss his direction by not giving him the acknowledgment
Above everything we have to have a realization of the Holy Spirit in us in everything we do
Not only in communion (HE Says REMEMBER ME)
In your circumstances REMEMBER ME
In your fear
In your anxiety
In your Pain
In your offense
In your loneliness
Remember ME
Hebrews 12 tells us to look to Him
Hebrews 12:1–4 NKJV
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
Jesus kept the end in mind mindset:
What is the picture of your desired outcome
What is it For?
Keep a clear picture of your desired outcome
Remembering combats discouragement
There’s discouragement if failing
But we keep pressing with the end in mind
For the Joy that was set before Him he went through hell
Gotta grow through it
Vs. 3 King James Lest ye be wearied and faint in your mind
Discouragement will get you to quit if you don’t keep the end in mind
Youtube discouragement
Hebrews 12:5–8 NKJV
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
God corrected me and now i’m getting a new phone lol
THE NKJV of vs 8 says you have become bastards if you’re not willing to be corrected:
Chew on that the next time someone tells you to do something lol
Correction Keeps us Focused
1 Corinthians 4:18–19 NKJV
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.
It’s easy to act a fool without people holding you accountable
1 Corinthians 4:20 NKJV
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
It’s the things done outside of your own capabilities
What the Holy Spirit does in us and through Us
What does that power look like?
Demonstration, healing, the manifest power
Usually what we all want and are looking for
The Power of transformed, rededicated, delivered lives
The longest lasting affects of the Holy sprit is a lifetime of commitment to God
you’re given a complete new identity
I used to lie a lot
1 Corinthians 5:1 NKJV
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife!
Old king James is Fornication
Anything sexual outside of the marriage union between a man and a woman
In Corinth and other places, the gentile did not know the meaning of chastity
They did whatever they wanted
The church of Corinth was surrounded on all side by sexual and other immorality
A little island in the middle of a raging see of sin
It was so difficult to constantly be around culture that it became hard for them to resist it any longer
IF the church wants to be and remain pure they would have to say goodbye to their old ways
What brought you popularity before in the old world is no longer what does in the kingdom
A Particularly shocking case had arisen:
A dude is sleeping with His stepmom
Paul was appalled by the sin but even more so by the churches response
1 Corinthians 5:2 NKJV
2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
They complacently are accepting the church to go of the rails
You should have mourned of this should have brought you grief
Pantheo- should have grieved like someone had died
Complacency eventually leads to compliance:
Do not comply with sin in your life
Don’t put up with it
An easy going attitude to sin is dangerous
Our security against sin is being shocked by it
Much like the church of Corinth we’re becoming desensitized to sin
We allow ourselves to watch it on tv
On our phones
In our music
In the books we read
Slowly but surely we become numb to the shock and awe of it
Thomas Carlyle a Scottish historian said “ We must see the infinite beauty of holiness and the infinite damnablility of sin.”
Without a serious view of sin, we are in a perilous position:
It’s not the question of being critical and condemning: but rather the answer of being wounded and shocked
Does anything shock us anymore?
We must remember that it was sin that crucified Jesus
What is the Holy Spirit asking you to put filters on in your life?
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