Daily Bible Podcast Day 078 – Joshua 3-6, 1 Corinthians 4

January 17, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” ~1 Corinthians 4:18-20

Observation:
Paul is warning the Corinthian church against their factions and their arrogance. He is concerned about their talking and is wanting to see the power they have. Talk is cheap, as the saying goes, but the proof for Paul is in the Power.

Application:
Does the American church have more talk than power? In what ways does God’s power manifest itself today? Am I all talk or do I have the power of Christ as well? Is it driving-out-demons kind of power, or does power over oneself count? I don’t usually feel terribly powerful and I worry what this could say about my closeness to God’s kingdom.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t often feel powerful. I’m good at talking, but Paul tells me that isn’t worth much. The early believers had the power to heal and drive out demons. Help me to know what Your power looks like so that I can recognize it when I see it. Also, I ask for Your power so that I am not all talk and far away from Your kingdom.

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