Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 9-10
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Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…
A companion reading for consideration today would be Ephesians 6:10-17. Notice particularly Ephesians 6:12. On the human level, we are to make no defence and no offence. We are not to defend ourselves when people attack us with false accusations, nor are we to attack others with accusations which may even be true. The devil is the “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10). We recognize the source of slander and lies. Therefore, in the realm of spiritual warfare, we fight. Jesus is the best Example of this in His response to Satan. He quoted the Scriptures (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus did not have to go and get His Bible; it would’ve taken a wagon to carry all the scrolls. He knew the Word of God as a result of reading the scrolls at the synagogue and listening to the Rabbi’s teachings. We have a distinct advantage in the Bible before us now, and in sitting faithfully under the preaching/teaching ministry of our Pastors. Spiritual warfare is one very important reason for this discipline of reading God’s Word and meditating on what God says to us. This blog, if read daily, helps to provide us with God’s protection and with the weapon with which we attack, “the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
Chapter nine is more about giving to God’s cause. I’m impressed at the amount of time spent on the matter of our support for God’s work. No doubt, that is because “where your heart is, there will your treasure be also” (Matthew 6:21). The way we handle money may be the greatest indication as to what is really in our hearts.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I ask that by Your Spirit You will help me to be equipped with weapons which will destroy all attacks by the enemy of my soul. I’m attacking his so-called “strongholds” with Your Word right now as I read it and speak it. You are making me “more than a conqueror” (Romans 8:37). I pray this in and through the Person of Jesus, the One who is the ultimate Conqueror. Amen & Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I struggled for a long time with the concept of our supporters making pledges for future support of God’s work. I was well aware of the softer approach, which was called a “faith promise.” Both terms, pledge and faith promise, mean the same. Finally, after the first 15 years of TV ministry (’62 – ’77), where I did not even use the word “support” on TV, I learned that even the most godly people need to know about the need in order to respond. I also learned that Crossroads needed to know what I might expect in the giving of God’s people, so that I could give leadership in planning for the future. Jesus said that we are to count the cost first (Luke 14:28-30). I finally got the message that in order to “count the cost” I must know what to expect, not only on the expense side but also on the income side of the budget (from donations). I realized that Paul had no problem writing to the people of God these words, “Your bountiful gift which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity, and not as a grudging obligation” (2 Corinthians 9:5b). For me, the Board of Directors would approve or not approve the policies and budgets that the Chief Financial Officer and I proposed, and as the Chief Executive Officer, I was then responsible to carry out those policies within the budgets approved. I look back over the decades and realize that God did marvelous works as a result of the beautiful co-operation between supporters of the ministry and the board and management of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.
Yours for the work of God done in God’s way,
P.S. In the light of today’s reading, please pray for Crossroads and give as God prospers you. Amen and thank you, thank you and thank you!!! Click HERE to donate online.
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God has been leading me towards a stronger commitment of donating to Crossroads, David, which I will abide by, with deep thankfulness of your work for the Kingdom and the joyfulness of this blog. Yes, we, the saints, take the whole armor of God over our bodies, with truth, righteousness, and the gospel of peace. With our shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit—the Word of God—we stand protected by You. Amen! Blessings fellow saints in the Lord! And Happy International Women’s Day to all sisters in Christ!!!
The blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened.
Chris Tomlin – Jesus (Lyrics And Chords)
There is a battle going on about the nonbiblical content of the book and movie, “The Shack” right now. It was my privilege to donate to the Prayer Centre at Crossroads yesterday as the battle heats up in this world between the forces of good and evil. Blessings to you Pastor David and fellow bloggers.
Hey Ger, I read the Shack book years ago. It certainly is mythical and not biblical. What are your feelings on it?
Yes, truly it is a spiritual battle!! Jesus showed us the greatest spiritual weapon;
“It is Written”!! And unless we have that weapon within us, we lose, but
The Sword of the Spirit which is “The Word of God” we are “More than conquerors”
The helmet in the photo resembles the face of an Egyptian warrior! The arm photo. reveals strength!! A great gift, depth of vision, Reynold!!
Beverlee, I missed your question yesterday but I agree with you that it is nonbiblical. I started to read it but could not finish. Rev. Joseph Youssef preached a whole sermon about it lately with thirteen points why it was not biblical. Also if you click on Rev. Lindsey Burtt, Pastor in St. John you will find his assessment which is excellent. Thanks for asking. God bless.
Thankful for Crossroads, 100 Huntley Street, 100words.ca and today’s message. We are protected by God’s armour and sword of truth, and as God’s children, we cast out the devil in rebuke. There is no greater power than You, Lord. We claim You, in victory!! Wishing all saints a blessed day in His love, peace, and grace.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:13, NLT
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