Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.
1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read 2 Corinthians 1 – 3 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
- What is the main point of this portion?
- What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
- What insight am I given about myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
- What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
4. Gain some insight on 2 Corinthians by reading the link below…
A reflection on today’s reading…
WOW! WOW! WOW! 1 Corinthians 13 used to be my favorite of all the words written in the two books of Corinthians, but I have to tell you that HOPE rose so strongly in my heart while I read chapters 1 – 3 of 2 Corinthians…I just had to start praising and thanking God for the precious words He had Paul share with us in these verses!!!
There are so many verses that spoke to my heart that I am not going to be able to just share one of them today. I think I am going to have to break them down and meditate on each section as I write today.
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Yesterday I shared a devotion from my Bible that tells us that we are to thank God in all things, even when our lives are troubled. The scriptures above offers up another perspective on our suffering…He comforts us in our troubles as an example for us to provide the same comfort to others. Don’t miss the opportunity to be His representative with skin on to someone who is hurting!!
9 “In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead”. 2 Corinthians 1:9
When we come to the end of us that is when we find God!
19 “For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. 20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:19-20
All of God’s promises to His people were realized through His Son and it is because of Jesus that we were gifted with the YES and are able to say the AMEN to give God the glory!!!!
14 “But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. 15 Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. 16 To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?” 2 Corinthians 2:14-16
A friend of mine shared a picture on facebook today that I believe speaks to this verse, very well. It became a personal YES and AMEN moment for me…it is our greatest calling to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume!!!
16 “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
The veil has been taken away and Jesus can shine the light that comes from the transformation of the Spirit inside of us and the promised covenant we received from God. We can glow like Jesus and spread His light into the lives of others. The greatest gift we have to offer to others is introducing them to Jesus…the Giver of eternal life.