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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We are ever thankful for today’s scripture, time of quiet reflection, and being uplifted in His presence. Let us boast in the Lord and the power of His strength as we fight difficulties with the sword of Christ. We fear not, for His precioius blood washes over us with divine protection. Thank You Lord, for the gift of prayer for one another, the blessings of new babies born and successful surgeries and healing. We are blessed to pray for each other’s needs and to be a gracious support system for each other. However, let us not lose sight of the need to remain first in the Word, as David set this daily bible study up to achieve that routine. I worry sometimes that is being lost and pray for it to be strengthened in each of our lives, in Jesus’ mighty Name. Wishing all saints, a blessed day in the Lord.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 ESV
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Thankful for all the Prayers of the people;
Thankful for Your Presence Lord, in all of our lives,
and as Beverlee Kay mentioned, we are so thankful that You have revealed Yourself through Your Eternal Word, made flesh. Lord God, may we praise You, honour You and walk in Your grace and truth, and always aim to seek Your Will, for Your Glory.
Amen, Laur. Amen!
Our Father who art in Heaven, be glorified and honoured throughout this world. May Your Word go out throughout the world, bringing Life wherever it goes. In Jesus’s great name, amen
Amen, Rob. Amen.
The Word comes first, then David’s Comments.
Then to pray requests and encouragement. That is how I do it daily. I always prayer for the requests even though I don’t always post them.
The lLord is the must important person in my live and I have seen answer so many prayers of the saints.
I thank you Beverlee for your comments I am sure God put them on your heart.
Gods Blessings on all today. Eleanor M.
Amen Rob & Beverley.
Amen Beverlee and Rob. We must never lose sight of the the Word as we pray to lift others to you for salvation, healing and other needs
Amen saints. Am staying faithful reading the Word and posting the video version on my fb page although don’t see much response but trust they are reading it anyway. May the Lord touch all our physical bodies today and give us renewed strength to do His will.
Amen and amen to all above prayers.
Baby Jack and his parents are all back at home now. They are tired but doing well. God bless!