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August 20, 2017

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Reading along with us in 2 Corinthians? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Corinthians 10 (ESV)

I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Look at what is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed. I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters. 10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” 11 Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present. 12 Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.Continue Reading

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  1. How can any part of the body of Christ boast about itself or any other part of the body? Imagine your arm boasting about itself as you drive a neighbor who has no vehicle. “Did you see me turning the steering wheel? Yeah, that was all me.” And then, even worse, boasting about the way the hand curled around the steering wheel, too. “See how the hand was used there? Yeah, that’s because it’s attached to me. Hey, Hand, tell them!”

    In the meantime, the rest of the body is just working together in unison, quietly, doing what it’s designed to do, and only doing so because of the love and compassion given by the Spirit to minister to the neighbor in the first place. Even the vehicle you drive is a gift from God.

  2. Thinking about Pastor’s teaching on spiritual warfare: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”

  3. I don’t know that there are many principles more important in our lives today than 2 Corinthians 10:5. Why do we presume that every thought we have is a good one? Hopefully we don’t assume every thought presented to us is right and good, whether it be from a human or nonhuman source. What a privilege and a responsibility we have to take our thoughts captive! What a privilege to have a divine source of truth that guides and defines what thoughts are true and good and to know that God stands with us in the midst of that mental warfare ready to help with power and conviction!!!! What thoughts, feelings, mental and physical duress we would be spared from if we would just learn to control our thinking with God’s word, Spirit and power. How our relationships would improve as well as others glean the benefit from the wisdom, peace and control that would come from our souls.

    And I wonder if 10:18 hits you between the eyes as much as it does me? It’s God’s opinion that counts, no one else’s.

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