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Addicted to Jesus
1Co 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1Co 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.
1Co 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, ye (know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
Always take heed to symptoms of withdrawl from God by responding with more than occasional overdoses of inviting the Holy Spirit’s presence into your daily living.
Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; -Ephesians 5:18
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I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
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O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Get addicted to praising God...
I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Get addicted to prayer...
Pray without ceasing.
Get addicted to fellowship in the assembly...
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
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And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
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How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
Addiction to Jesus is the solution for you to live a godly and holy life. Don’t go through withdrawl from God, get addicted to Jesus.
Jam 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Jam 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
Jam 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
1) clean, pure
1a1) purified by fire
1a2) in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
1b) in a levitical sense
1b1) clean, the use of which is not forbidden, imparts no uncleanness
1c1) free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
1c2) free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
1c3) blameless, innocent
1c4) unstained with the guilt of anything
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: of uncertain affinity
The tone of verse 13 is like that of a general’s directing the troops. "Stand fast!" Paul, the apostle of faith, exhorts the church to overcome personal temptations.
He knows they can only do that by faith. Faith can perceive moral dangers. Faith can alarm the mind, and keep the believer’s integrity in tact. Keeping yourself unspotted from the world (cp. Ja 1.27) is an integral part of following Jesus, and serving Him.
Faith also helps the church in overcoming evil that plagues our society. Evil influences are those things that seduce, invade, and wreck our witness in the world. Christians have to learn to stand against these things. Faith that is strong will do that which is necessary. Jesus warned the Laodicean church against being lukewarm (Re 3.14-16),
Proverbs 30:15-16 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
• The leech is the symbol of an insatiable appetite because it sucks blood through its two suckers (here called its “two daughters” who cry “Give, give!”). It is found in stagnant waters everywhere.
• The author of Proverbs 30 is “Agur the son of Jakeh.” He gives several lists, including this in v.16:
FOUR THINGS WHICH ARE NEVER SATISFIED:
1. THE GRAVE
• Proverbs 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
• Hebrew word “Sheol” – translated “grave, hell, pit”
• Greek equivalents are “Hades” and “Gehenna” – translated “hell”