FEBRUARY 21

Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 4
     Job 21
     Luke 7
     I Corinthians 8
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ." (I Corinthians 8:12)
 
ARE THERE LIMITS OF CHRISTIAN LIBERTY?
            It is clear from Scripture that truth brings freedom and that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. In our verse today, Paul is teaching us that there are, indeed, limits to our liberty in Christ. He is discussing the issue of eating meat that has been sacrificed to an idol. There is nothing about this meat that is hazardous to the health. A more mature believer realizes that this meat cannot hurt him and he can probably acquire it at less cost. The problem is that some were so immature they were greatly offended by the eating of this meat. Their willingness to eat that which was offensive to their weaker brother was a sin and even a sin against Christ.
            The major question that confronts us is this; ''Where do I draw the line with activities and associations as I consider my weaker brother?'' John McArthur suggests the following checklist.
Excess: Is the activity or habit necessary or is it merely an extra that is not really important? Is it perhaps only an encumbrance that we should willingly give up? (Hebrews 12:1)
Expedience: Paul said ''all things are lawful for me but not all things are profitable," or expedient. (I Corinthians 6:12)
Emulation: Are we doing what Christ would do? If so, it is not only permissible but good and right?
Example: Are we setting a good example for others, especially for weaker brothers and sisters?
Evangelism: Is my testimony going to be helped or hindered? Will unbelievers be drawn to Christ or turned   away from Him by what I am doing?
Edification: Will I be built up and matured in Christ? Will I become spiritually stronger? Paul said, ''all things are lawful, but not all things edify." (I Corinthians 10:23)
Exaltation: May the Lord be lifted up and glorified in what I do. God's glory and exaltation should be the supreme purpose in everything we do. ''Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (I Corinthians 10:31)
Consider everything you do today in light of what Jesus would do and how this will affect your weaker brother.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
On my first visit to Antigua and Barbuda, more than 20 years ago, we experienced a great move of God in revival. It seemed to touch the entire island. Today, however, there is a lethargy and indifference that pervades these islands that require our prayers.  Some of this, sadly, is because of improper western influence from America. Antiguans are almost all Christian in name with many evangelicals among them, but there is a sad complacency. Strongholds of sin such as drug-dealing, violence, gambling, prostitution, and a growing kidnapping industry need to be broken down. There is a great need for oneness in fellowship, and vision of what God can do.  Pray for these islands in the Caribbean.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Beware of reasoning about God's Word - obey it."
Oswald Chambers