Daily Archives: November 10, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:6
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.
5:1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord…
GO TEAM! | Becky Newman
2 Corinthians 4:16-17
This is cheerleader Paul, rah-rah-rahing the Corinthians to find right perspective in their lives, sis-boom-bahing them to put their hope in the promise of heaven and not in this world. We see, feel, touch, taste, and smell this world every day, and it’s easy to get caught up and dragged down by it. But the Spirit is working inside us, growing fruit that will come to light in eternity. GO TEAM!
As my birthday nears, yet again, it’s easy for me to make a list of what’s “wasting away” — my back, my hearing, my brown hair, my teeth, the things I can eat. But if I went back 20 years to when these things at least didn’t feel like they were wasting away, I’d miss 17 of the years of the Holy Spirit renewing me every day and growing fruit, and I wouldn’t have this hope in Jesus. It’s also easy for me to get focused on myself in the wasting away. But Paul makes it clear in these verses in how many times he says “we”, “our”, and “us”. We are in this together. We are a team. When one starts to lose heart or starts focusing inward, the rest of the team should cheerlead and encourage like Paul. Focus not on what’s wasting away or on worldly struggles but on how the Holy Spirit is growing and sustaining us into the promise of eternal life where there is no wasting away or hardship or struggle.
Lord, thank You for the constant renewal of my thoughts this week as my sinful nature was so trying to drag me inward. Thank You for my husband and friends and even my kids who pray for me and encourage me. Help us to work together as a team, helping one another, encouraging one another.
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