Category Archives: 2 Corinthians

Devotionals from the book of 2 Corinthians

Devotional: ‘People Who Persevered in Prayer’   

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Persistence in praying is found throughout the Bible. This week we have been studying The Parable of the Persistent Widow. (see Luke 18:1-8) But there are other examples as well.

For instance, consider the prayer life of Elijah.

“Elijah climbed to the summit of Carmel, bent down on the ground, and put his face between his knees. ‘Go and look toward the sea,’ he said to his servant. So the servant went and looked, and he said, ‘There is nothing there.’ Seven times Elijah said, ‘Go back.’ On the seventh time, the servant reported, ‘There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.’ And Elijah replied, ‘Go and tell Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” (1 Kings 18:42-44)

Notice that Elijah had to pray seven times before it rained. Even though he already knew what God’s will was, he still had to be persistent in his prayers.

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Devotional: ‘Attitude Determines Altitude’

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2 Corinthians 4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. ESV

Paul often spoke of the ‘outer man’ and the ‘inner man’. (see Ephesians 3:16; Romans 7:14-25) The outer man is a reference to our physical bodies which are plagued with mortality. The Bible says – “It is appointed unto men once to die…” (Heb 9:27) Regardless of how many vitamins we might take, we’re all going to die someday. Whereas the outer man is a reference to our mortal physical bodies, the inner man is a reference to our immortal soul. Paul said that while his outer man (self) was wasting away, his inner man (self) was constantly being renewed – day by day.

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Devotional: ‘Old Men Who Still Think Young’

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2 Corinthians 4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. ESV

I am now in my late fifties. Though I still enjoy a measure of good health, I am also having to deal more and more with some type of physical ailment. Each year there are a few more gray hairs in my head and a few more sags in my body. More and more I experience aches and pains in my joints and muscles, and I find that it is a whole lot easier to put weight on than it is to take it off. If the Lord tarries in His return and I continue to live, my physical condition will continue to weaken. Yet as the Apostle Paul said – ‘though my outer self is wasting away, my inner self is being renewed day by day.’

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Devotional: ‘A Perfect Portrait of Grace’

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2 Corinthians 4:8 We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; 9 we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. 10 We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. CSB

From the very beginning of his ministry, Paul was told that he would suffer. His suffering included beatings, stoning, shipwreck, sleepless nights, imprisonment and hunger. Yet in all of these things he was more than a conqueror. (see Rom 8:31-39) Why? What gave Paul the victory during his times of trouble?

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Devotional: ‘The Love of God’

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When Hudson Taylor was director of the China Inland Mission, he often interviewed candidates for the mission field. On one occasion, he met with a group of applicants to determine their motivations for service. “And why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary?” he asked one. “I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” was the reply. Another said, “I want to go because millions are perishing without Christ.” Others gave different answers. Then Hudson Taylor said, “All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, the love of Christ”. (Source Unknown)

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Devotional: ‘God’s Grace is Sufficient’

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One night while conducting an evangelistic meeting in the Salvation Army Citadel in Chicago, Booth Tucker preached on the sympathy of Jesus. After his message a man approached him and said, “If your wife had just died, like mine has, and your babies were crying for their mother, who would never come back, you wouldn’t be saying what you’re saying.” Tragically, a few days later, Tucker’s wife was killed in a train wreck. Her body was brought to Chicago and carried to the same Citadel for the funeral. After the service the bereaved preacher looked down into the silent face of his wife and then turned to those attending. “The other day a man told me I wouldn’t speak of the sympathy of Jesus if my wife had just died. If that man is here, I want to tell him that Christ is sufficient. My heart is broken, but it has a song put there by Jesus. I want that man to know that Jesus Christ speaks comfort to me today.”  (taken from Today in the Word, MBI, October, 1991, p. 10)

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Sunday Sermon: ‘God’s Amazing Grace – Sufficient for Our Struggles’

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Currently we are in a study that I have entitled – ‘What’s So Amazing about Grace?’ During the 1700’s, a man by the name of John Newton wrote a song called – Amazing Grace. Almost everyone knows the first verse:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

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Devotional: ‘Pride, Humility, and God’s Grace’

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2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. NKJV

Grace is God’s unmerited favor which we have neither earned nor deserve. It is the power of Christ living in us which gives us the strength to do all things. There is nothing in all this world that we need more than God’s grace. It is by His grace we are saved. (Eph 2:8-9) It is by His grace that we are sustained. (2 Cor 12:9-10) It is by His grace that we serve. (1 Pet 4:10)

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Devotional: ‘Grace That Will Make Us Excel’

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The Bible teaches us that our salvation is the product of God’s grace. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God…” (Eph 2:8) It is by God’s unmerited favor that He made a way for our salvation. It is by God’s unmerited favor that He calls us to our salvation. And it is by God’s unmerited favor that He keeps us in our salvation.

Romans 5:2 Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. CSB

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Devotional: ‘Grace and Peace Be Unto You’

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In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul began by expressing his desire that they would experience the grace of God –

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Interestingly enough, he closes with the same –

Romans 16:24  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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