9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
God’s grace can be counter intuitive. Our intuition tells us to be strong, but God’s grace tells us to be weak. It says we have power in our weakness. It tells us to boast in our weaknesses and not our strength. It tells us to be weak so that we might be strong. It tells us to embrace our weakness so that we might be embraced by Christ and that Christ may dwell in me.
God’s grace goes against what our sinful nature thinks it should. At its nature, God’s grace embraces us and forgives us in the midst of our sin. We do not deserve this grace. We deserve the punishment it rescues us from. We have shame over our sin, but God’s grace provides forgiveness and love. God’s grace is so amazing. It is greater than all of our sin.
Sometimes we suffer, so that we might experience it. Paul learned he had to embrace his failures in order to know Christ more. We learn to cling to Him, because we know we need Him. When we admit our weakness and need of Christ, we get His strength and power. In humility we admit our weakness and we take up Christ and His strength and boast in that.
God’s grace is greater than our intuition. It is much better that we deserve, but that is what God gives us in love.
Dear God, thank you for Your grace and forgiveness. Help me admit my weaknesses and be strong in humility. Help me to embrace Your power and strength. I am weak and need You. I cannot do life without You. I need You Oh God. Amen.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
There is a war going on all around us. It is war we cannot see, but it is a war we definitely feel the effects of. Our lives are impacted by it. It is a spiritual war. It is not of our flesh.
Our lives are impacted by this war. It shapes our attitudes and our feelings. It shapes how we act with other people. We are at war, but most of us never fight. We roll over and take shot after shot from the enemy. We never dress in the armor described in Ephesians 6. We do not learn to use our weapons, instead we cede ground. The outcome of the war has already been determined, but each battle has not.
We need to learn how to fight. We need to learn how to use our weapons. We need to learn how to defend ourselves. God’s word is our teaching tool. We can learn all we need to know in it, but we need to be in it. The war is raging…it is time to fight!
Dear Jesus, help me to remember that a war is going on, even though we cannot see it. Help me to learn how to use my weapons and fight back. Help me to learn how to defend my self. Amen.
Job 16:19 “Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is on high.
For those us who in Christ Jesus, we have an advocate in Heaven. Jesus is as the Father’s right hand, interceding for us. He is there helping us. All because of what Jesus did for us, we are able to enter the Holy of Holies and pray directly to the Father. We are able to have an intimate relationship with Him. All because of Jesus.
Satan goes to Heaven to accuse us, but we have the best defense attorney. Jesus re-butts Satan, saying that he has no ground to accuse us, because the sacrifice made by Jesus. We are completely forgiven because of this. Our sin is wiped off of our record. Our slate is clean. All because of what Jesus did for us.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being my advocate. Thank you for interceding for me. Thank you for forgiving me. You are the one and only reason I will go to Heaven one day. You did it all. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.
1 And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain – 2 for He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION “-
Today is the day to be saved, if you are not. Today is the day for you to settle it once and for all. You are not guaranteed tomorrow, in fact this could be your last day on earth. Once you have died, you have no second chances to change your mind. The question which needs to be answered is the same one He asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?”
That is a question we all must answer. Choosing to not answer is an answer in itself. We must decide as Peter did, that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God”. Only that answer will get you into Heaven. If you do not believe that Jesus came and died to pay the penalty for our sins and rose on the third day, defeating death. He is our only hope to be saved. No one else can save us from the punishment our sins deserve. It is Jesus or nothing.
Today is the day to choose. To believe Jesus or not. I urge You to believe in Him and put Your faith in Him.
Dear Jesus, help us those who have not chosen You, to do so today. I pray that they will feel this urge, until they settle it. Please work in their hearts and open them to You self. My today be the day of their salvation. Amen.
2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
Way too much money is spent to try to stop the aging process. People take shots, apply cream, get surgery, and go to many other lengths to try and look younger than they are. It is all a waste. No matter what people do, they are getting older and their bodies are decaying. Sin is killing our bodies.
While we put a lot of effort into preserving our dying outsides, the part that needs the main focus is the inner person. That is the part which will live on forever. God is interested in this part. The growing of the inner person is called sanctification. Once we are saved, that is the journey we embark on for the rest of our lives. It is the process of becoming more like Jesus. It is this part we need to put our focus on and not the outer. God does not care what you look like, but He does care who you really are. Invest in this and not some miracle drug to make you look younger!
Dear Jesus, help me to focus on the right area. Help me not to worry about trying to look younger, but instead to focus on growing the inner man. Sanctification is day-to-day process, which we are renewed in every day. Help me every day to grow to be more like Jesus. Amen.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
No matter what we are going through, God is with us and God is comforting us. No matter how quiet He seems at times, He is right there by our side. We are not alone. He is comforting us, even when we do not even realize that He is. He is holding our hand, seeing us through.
His gives us peace in the storm, in order that His great name might be praised. When we go through tough times and we are comforted by God, we are witnesses of His. That peace and comfort are noticed by others and they notice that they are missing it. We are granted His comfort that we might pass it on to others.
God wants to use you to comfort others. Open your eyes and see the suffering people, they are all over the place. They are in need of comfort and compassion. God has us here to provide that for them He gives us the means to do it, so we need to do it. A lot of times to comfort someone means to simply listen to them. Hear their hurts and pains. Other times it means to provide a meal or some other thing to them. God will reveal to you what he wants you to do. He gives to you so that we might give to others.
Dear Lord, thank you for being the God of all comfort. Thank you for being there for me and comforting me. Help me to comfort others. Forgive me for the times I do not pass it on. This is a suffering world and a lot of people are hurting. Lead them to Yourself, that they may find Your comfort. Use me Lord to lead them. Amen.
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.
Imagine what this world would be like, if we all acted in love. If every action and word were done out of love for the other person. We would not have bitter feelings. We would not aggravated with others. The world would be a grand place, but that is not really how the world is. Most people do act out of love, only it is out of love for themselves. We find it easy to love ourselves, but no so much others.
Jesus did all that He did out of love for us. He is our example. We, as Christians, need to do stuff for people because we love them. When we do, we testify about Jesus and His love for us. Jesus said that people will know that we belong to Him, if we love one another. Love is to be our motivation. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty Fame sums it up as easy as to “love God and love others”.
Dear Lord, help me to love others. Help that to be my motivation. May all that I do be out of love for You and others. Forgive me for the times when this is not true. Amen.
1 Corinthians 15:57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I do not know about you, but I hate to lose. That feeling is even worse, when I am spectator, having no ability to affect the outcome. Thankfully, in the game life it is God who earns the victory and that victory is assured. If you have accepted Jesus as your savior, you are on the winning team. Victory is ours, because of God.
Without Jesus, defeat is certain. There is o such thing as participation trophy. To not win with Christ, is to lose big time. If you have not accepted Jesus as your savior, you have no victory. I am sure you have heard the saying “to the victors go the spoils”. And is this case, the to the loser goes to Hell for eternal punishment.
You have no chance of victory on your own. I have no hope of victory on my own. Victory only comes from Jesus. He defeated death and sin and provides victory to us over both of them. He is our only hope. No one else can win the victory over death, only Jesus.
Dear God, thank you for giving me the victory. I deserve defeat and to go to Hell. You alone are able to save me. I thank you for saving me and rescuing me. Amen.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
As we grow older and become an adult we are supposed to put away childish things. We are supposed to mature. Our thinking and reasoning should become deeper and more thought out. It is a process which we all need to go through. We will never get anywhere in both life and our walk with Jesus if we do not grow up.
Sadly, not everyone does. So many people never grow up. They remain childish in their thinking. They never mature and always act like kid. In fact a lot of times they act worse than a kid. They keep doing the same dumb things over and over again. They continue to speak foolishly as a child would.
It is time to grow up and be an adult. Stop acting like a kid and start acting like a grown up. Man up (or woman up) and do what you are supposed to do!
Dear Jesus, forgive me for the times I still act as a child. Help me to move on and grow up in those areas. As we go, we are supposed to grow. Help me to that. Lead me in the ways I need to be led. Amen.
13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.
Those of us who in Christ have one body. Inside of that body, we have different roles and functions which provides the essentials for the whole body. God made us all different, with different talents and abilities. When we put those to use for the body everything works well. When one does not use their ability, the body suffers. We need to accept our role and fulfill it.
Sometimes we do not like the part God has given us. Paul points out how foolish this attitude is. If the whole body was eyes, then how would body move or her. If the whole body was an ear how it would see. God has given us our roles for a purpose. It is important for us to our part. God has placed us there for a reason and we must trust His reasoning. God is the One who caused the body to function and He knows what all must do to be a well oiled machine.
Dear God, I thank you for the talents and stabilizes You have given us all. Help us to put them to work for Your Kingdom and Your glory. May it all be about You and not us. Forgiven us for the times we feel we should be a different part of the body. That hurts the whole. Amen.