Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day 54~ 2 Cor. 1-3

“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.” (3:12)

Are you bold in your faith? I think that question gets a lot of people squirming.  “Oh no!”  She is going to tell me I have to be confrontational; go to street corners yelling at passerbyers the four spiritual laws!” 😖

No,…I’m not…so relax.

However, it is a good question to ask yourself.  Because…if you know that you aren’t bold in your faith…you need to look at the first part of that statement…. “since we have such hope.”  Do you truly have that hope that Paul is talking about; the hope and trust in the unfading glory of the ministry of the Spirit? (3:8)
Can’t the referee of Paul’s statement be true, if you truly have that hope, you will be bold?

This is a good time to self reflect…
Are there doubts lingering in your mind regarding certain issues that keep you from fully embracing the whole Bible?  If so, that will affect the hope you have and ….rightly so….make you less bold in sharing your faith.

So, how do we get more faith? 
“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (10:17)
I am so glad you are reading daily with me!  What better way to learn and know what you believe?!   You are preparing yourself to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have (1 Peter 3:15).
In regards to those areas that you grapple with…pray like the disciples did….“Lord, increase my faith!” (Luke 17:5)  Therefore, isn’t the logical conclusion….increase your reading?!  

Look into those matters that confuse you.  The answers are in the Bible, you just need to read in order to find them!🤓

3 comments:

  1. A commonly quoted Christian trope is that "God will never give you more than you can handle", something often used as a source of comfort or encouragement. Believe it or not, this phrase doesn't appear anywhere in the Bible. It is a re-phrasing (misinterpretation?) of the verse 1 Corinthians 10:13, which states "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." This verse is referring to struggle with sin, and that God will not allow you to be tempted so much that you can't avoid sin. But, as a pastor I once heard put it, God will always give you more than you can handle. This is so that you are always fully reliant on him. Paul writes of this truth here, in 1:8-11 he says "We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers." Paul, a hero of the faith and a rock to many believers, says here that he was despairing of life and that he could not endure the persecution they were undergoing. But he goes straight back to the point that it is only through full reliance on God that we can make it through anything difficult in life. I pray we can always remember to look to God during trials and let Him lead, strengthen, and deliver us.

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  2. That was good, Matthew!
    Yes, I have seen people people take 1 Cor. 10:13 out of context. I have never heard the application with 1:8- 11. That was a good point that pastor made!
    Thanks for sharing! And amen to your prayer!

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  3. I think that some also interchange the words temptation and trial.
    1 Cor. 12:13 uses temptation. I like to read James 1:13 with that verse to give it some perspective.
    Either way, temptation or trial, it is by God's grace and mercy that we can persevere.

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