Sunday, March 5, 2017

DO NOT LOSE HEART

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 4-5

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

Ruins of ancient Corinth. These buildings were temporary. Paul wrote, “We have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.” 2 Corinthians 5:1

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: 2 Corinthians 5:1, 17

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

 

The tent-maker, Paul, calls our bodies “tents.” Our new dwelling is a “building…a house…a new creation.” He uses the present tense. Faith says that the new is already ours.

Seven times the word “therefore” is repeated. This word could be replaced by “as a result” or “the conclusion is that…” (1) “We do not lose heart.” (2) “We are renewed day by day.” (3) “We are always confident.” (4) “Our aim . . . to be well pleasing to Him.” (5) “Now we know Him.” (6) “All things have become new.” And (7) “We are ambassadors for Christ.”

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian believers produced the desired result, a correction in their doctrines and in their practices. This second letter, we may be sure, also produced the desired results. A result is something brought about by a cause. Our reading today is producing in us strength, courage, confidence, inspiration, and a resolve to live to the fullest measure of our potential in Christ. AMEN!!!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You are the pure, holy, sinless Son Of God. Yet I read in 5:21 that You were made to be the very embodiment of sin itself for me. I’m overwhelmed by this truth. Enable me, I pray, to live the “new creation” life, which You have provided for me by taking my sin upon Yourself. Amen! Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I noticed a Latin inscription in the picture below and wished I could find my old Latin textbook from 60 years ago to help me figure out what it says. Instead, I emailed my friend Dr. Paul Maier, Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, and asked him what it meant. He replied right away with the following…”The inscriptions are incomplete, hence the brackets in this attempt at translation: ‘Built by N.P. Caesar, [descendant of] the divine [emperor] Antoninus Pius [and] grandson of Minerva.‘” Dr. Maier explained that Antoninus Pius was Emperor of Rome from A.D. 138-161.

It’s interesting how many of the Roman Emperors claimed to be divine, or a god. Jesus said to Pilate, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). The Roman-appointed Jewish leaders said to the Roman Governor, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend” (John 19:12). I’ve just read from John 18:28 to John 19:22 (click here).

Yours for daily soaking in God’s Word,

David

This inscription was discovered in ancient Corinth and was likely above a main entrance to a building. The translation of the inscription is in the “100 Personal Words” section above.

12 thoughts on “Sunday, March 5, 2017

  1. Soaking in God’s Word, daily, with you David and fellow saints of the Lord. Blessings to all, as we come together today, to worship You!

    From Streams in the Desert, March 5th

    “In the bitter waves of woe
    Beaten and tossed about
    By the sullen winds that blow
    From the desolate shores of doubt,
    Where the anchors that faith has cast
    Are dragging in the gale,
    I am quietly holding fast
    To the things that cannot fail.

    “And fierce though the fiends may fight,
    And long though the angels hide,
    I know that truth and right
    Have the universe on their side;
    And that somewhere beyond the stars
    Is a love that is better than fate.
    When the night unlocks her bars
    I shall see Him—and I will wait.”
    —Washington Gladden

    Worship with Don Moen
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyRfdgs0CvI&list=RDGyRfdgs0CvI#t=0

    • God bless you Donna! One of my many favorite songs; by Elvis no less! What a voice! Can you imagine if he had lived how his music would have been such an encouragement; actually I believe it still is very encouraging!
      Yes, I am going through some very harsh issues right now! I need a reliable vehicle, I pray someone will be moved to donate a car for me!
      Thank you again Donna, please continue to pray for me!

  2. I spoke to a prayer partner who had 5 vehicles donated to him in his life time, what a blessing! I pray God will send the right vehicle to me! Blessings to all

  3. Saints, we need urgent prayer for Marc, my best friend Beth’s spouse, who has been in ICU again, all week-end. He is desperately in need of a liver transplant. Lord God Jehovah Rapha, come to the immediate aid of Marc with the medical intervention he needs, and breath upon him, oh Holy Spirit, that he may be renewed and made whole and healthy again. In Jesus’ precious Name, we pray, amen, amen and amen.

    • we have the Holy Spirit that enables us to do more than we ever dreamt! Lord send the medical intervention that Marc needs! Yes Holy Spirit breathe healing upon Marc, thank you Lord that we are able to come to You for help of all kinds!
      Lord we humbly come to You for all our daily needs; give us this day our daily bread; forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power and the Glory! Forever and ever AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN

  4. happy birthday to my oldest daughter; Lord I pray for a financial breakthrough, enough to clear debts, send monies to my children & grandchildren; buy a good used car, help a mission in my church, purchase a small condo, sell present home & invest for a better income, serve others and help my family TY Lord,
    thank you for swimming; grant healing to all who are ill; grant them a good rest; bless our families; our leaders, our Pastors, all who are involved with this blog and all its’ blessings in Jesus Name we Pray AMEN

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