Daily Archives: October 5, 2019
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Join us in October as we do a 31-day theme study in God’s promises from the Bible. Shannon from the Sweet Blessings blog put this reading plan together. Check it out HERE.
You can join us in this 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. Feel free to share your SOAP in the comments too! 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 are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:19-22 (Context vs. 12-24)
Paul’s Change of Plans
12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?
18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.”
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
23 I call God as my witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.
The Divine Yes! | Kathy Page
2 Corinthians 1:19-20
Paul is telling the Corinthians they can trust God with His promises. By yes and no, Paul is referring to how people change their plans to suit their own desires. They do whatever pleases them. This is not how God acts. God does not change His mind to suit the circumstances. He does not say, “I don’t know, or maybe.” The promises of God are Yes in Him; they are fulfilled, carried out, in our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the divine Yes! God made the promise and Jesus declared YES to the promise. And, by the authority of His name, we say Amen! That settles it!
What is my attitude toward God’s promises? Do I believe them? Do I trust that it will happen? When we walk in intimate fellowship with our Lord Jesus, we can be assured that every promise God made in Scripture is available to us. We have an amazing God who not only keeps His promise but has greater plans than we can imagine. A God who doesn’t do things our way, but will do them the right way. A God who no matter what your situation might be, you can rely on Him to get you through because He has promised to always be with us till the end of time. We may not understand what is going on in our lives, but we can know that in the end, God will not only keep His promise, but amaze us at how He did it.
Thank You, Lord, for Your precious promises. Thank You for reminding us that Jesus is the “divine yes”, the affirmation of all of Your promises. Help me to sense and experience Your love behind every promise as I trust in You. Help me, by Your Holy Spirit to pray with confidence because I know that not one of Your promises will ever fail. I praise You that You are the promise keeper. I believe, Father, forgive my unbelief. In Jesus’ Name.
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