Some Christians try to function independently because that’s easier than living in humility, gentleness, and patience with fellow believers. But we need each other. The fellowship of believers is an important part of God’s design for our spiritual growth.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 15, 2019.
Witnessing is not a matter of persuasiveness or verbal skill. Rather, it’s an overflow of your love for Jesus Christ, along with a desire to invite people to know Him. As you allow the Holy Spirit to increasingly express His life and power through you, your joy will overflow and touch others.
The In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 11, 2021.
God tolerates no competition and will not allow idolatry to go unpunished, (Deut. 32:21; Jer. 25:6,9; Rev. 21:8). Idols and the things sacrificed to them have no spiritual nature or power in themselves (1 Corin. 8:4,8), but they do represent the demonic. If pagan worshipers believe an idol was a god, demons act out the part of the imagined god (2 Thess. 2:9-11). There is not a true god in the idol, but there is a satanic spiritual force (Deut. 32:17, Psalm 106:37).
“Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons”, 1 Corin. 10:20.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 10:19,20,22.