1 Corinthians 10: Are You Running from Sin or Getting Comfortable with It?

Begin each devotional with a prayer that God would open the eyes of your understanding. 

Day 1

SCRIPTURE:  1 Corinthians 10:1-13

OBSERVATIONS: 

  1. Based on verses 6 and 11, why were the failures of the Israelites written down for us? 

  2. Fill in the blank from verse 13 (NIV). “But when you are tempted, he will also provide a _______   _______”

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 10:13 in the ESV. Fill in the blank in this statement. ….”but with the temptation will provide the way of ____________________ also,”

APPLICATION: 

1 Corinthians 10:13 makes it clear that when we are tempted, we are to look for a way OUT or a way of ESCAPE. The problem comes when we stand on the edge of sin like a child daring not to touch a line defined by their parents, while still trying to see how close to the line that they can go. 

  1. When your friends are doing or saying things that displease the Lord, how do you usually respond? Do you join in, sit by quietly, walk away, speak up?

  2. Can you think of a time when you wanted to be part of a group so badly that you allowed yourself to be around sinful things more than you ought to have?

PRAY:  You may find it helpful to write out your prayer. 

Day 2

SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 10:14-10:22

OBSERVATIONS: 

  1. What specific sin does Paul warn the Corinthians to flee from in verse 14?

  2. In this section Paul makes it clear that we should not be participants with God (the Lord) and what other spiritual beings? 

APPLICATION: 

Halloween is just around the corner, which means that our world will be open to embracing dark things as just a matter of fun and games. In verse 14, Paul narrows his focus of fleeing (escape, get out) from sin in general to specifically those things with demonic influences. 

  1. In what ways do you see the world embracing dark things during the month of October?

  2. Demons are real, and will use any means available to influence people’s lives. What commitment do you need to make this month to avoid the influence of dark things?

PRAY:  You may find it helpful to write out your prayer. 

Day 3

SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1

OBSERVATIONS: 

  1. What does Paul say that the believer is to do if an unbeliever invites them over for dinner?

  2. Under what conditions does Paul say that the believer should not eat what is offered to them? 

APPLICATION: 

At first his may seem confusing, but let me give you an example to help you understand. Let’s say that you go visit a missionary in a foreign country where they have different language customs than the U.S. And without realizing it, you say a word that would be considered crude there. It may be a word that you use at home all of the time without any thought of sin or conscious. However, once someone makes you aware that it is considered crude, you have a choice to make. You can exercise your freedom to use that word or respect that it may cause others to think of sinful things. Finally, you also risk being viewed as a Christian who doesn’t care about avoiding sin, possibly giving weaker believers permission to do the same.  

  1. Have you ever been in a situation where someone dared you to say one curse word, just take a sip of something, just take a drag of something, tell a little white lie, etc? 

  2. What motivates a person(s) to dare someone to sin?

  3. What kinds of justifications do they give to rationalize it?

  4. What does it say if you give in? If you do not?  

PRAY:  You may find it helpful to write out your prayer. 




Kim Catron