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Is What I am Doing Helpful?

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NKJV)

In the Book of 1 Corinthians the Apostle Paul gives an amazing Christian principle for living a victorious life.  He says, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Cor. 6:12)  In essence he is saying I may have been given great freedom by God, and even by the law of the land for how I can choose to live, but with this freedom comes great responsibility. 

Some Christian believers will use this Scripture as a license to live in such a way as to excuse their sins—they believe this verse implies they have the freedom to live as they please.  Even though some actions are not sinful in and of themselves we must be careful not to abuse our freedom to the point of hurting others or ourselves.  Take drinking alcohol for example — it is not a sin to drink a glass of wine, but the very act of drinking can lead to drinking too much, and this can lead to alcoholism.  In the same way a sporting activity is not sinful, but the place it holds within our heart can be—we might find ourselves giving it a greater place than the things of God, and therefore giving our greatest resources, time, and effort to it as a result.  

I believe this is the very principle Paul is speaking of when he says, “Hey, it’s okay for me to do this, but I am going to guard myself so I don’t become in bondage to these things.”   Paul knew there could be a chance of our freedom leading us to stumble, or perhaps stumbling another person. 

But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)

We must continually be on guard against anything tempting us to stray from God’s perfect will for our lives, especially when it comes to our Christian liberty. We should probably be asking ourselves,

· Is what I'm doing helping my Christian walk? 

· Is what I'm doing drawing me closer to God?  

· Is what I'm doing honoring to God?

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about using our liberty?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there anything in your life that you have allowed to control you, or is there anything you may be doing causing others to stumble?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make a choice each day to glorify God in your body and in your spirit. Don’t allow your Christian freedom to cause you to become in bondage to the enemy again, or to potentially cause others to stumble.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for the freedom You have given to me.  Thank You for allowing Jesus to die for me and cleansing me from my sin.  Help me to use this liberty in a way that brings honor to You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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