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August 22, 2017

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

2 Corinthians 12 (ESV)

I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses—though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strongContinue Reading

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  1. Oh my word…Paul’s continued love for this church astounds me. He receives NOTHING from them, so no one can accuse him of ill motives, praise God. I think many pastors or missionaries would “kick the dust off their feet” (Matthew 10:11-15) and walk away, even “turning them over to Satan” (1 Corinthians 5:4-6), asking God to leave them to Satan to be “sifted like wheat” (Luke 22:31-32).

    Why does he persist in trying to straighten them out, when he doesn’t even live among them? This is LOVE! Love for God, love for the Corinthian church, love for the whole body of Christ around the known world (not just the Corinthians), love for the individual members of the Corinthian church, love for those who may come into the church through them, love for future generations…love, love, love.

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised that Paul was given this great revelation because of all the sacrifices he made for the church. But it is interesting how he doesn’t even say technically that it was him until he talks about his thorn. And how important it is for us to remember that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. As believers we don’t hide our weaknesses, we exalt in them. God’s power will not compete with our power. SO when we empty ourselves, that is the only time God can and will fill us. And when that happens, who is the only one who gets credit? God, right? I think it goes back to what God says in Isaiah, I will not share my glory with another. Because if God did, He would be lying and God cannot lie.

    And boy these Corinthians are a real piece of work…sounds a little like us. Anyone who ministers to people has the joy of their growth and the sorrow of their disobedience and their distancing themselves. And all we are left with is our care for them….

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