chronological day 335 :)

Today, we’ll read 2 Corinthians 11, 12, 13, and Acts 20:7-12. Just a quick highlight today – what’s yours? 

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So many times we mistakenly equate our happiness or comfort with God’s favor. Look at Paul’s description of his life: 

“I’ve worked much harder, been jailed more often, beaten up more times than I can count, and at death’s door time after time. I’ve been flogged five times with the Jews’ thirty-nine lashes, beaten by Roman rods three times, pummeled with rocks once. I’ve been shipwrecked three times, and immersed in the open sea for a night and a day. In hard traveling year in and year out, I’ve had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. I’ve been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. I’ve known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold….” 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 MSG

Favor has nothing to do with those external things – favor is the Lord’s presence and it is enough. Times for Paul were hard, but he was never alone – and THAT is favor!


Finished 2 Corinthians!

3 thoughts on “chronological day 335 :)

  1. Ralph Madrigal says:

    2 Corinthians 12:9
     Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

    So many of us can relate thinking that our weakness makes us less holy. In my daily walk with the Lord I’ve come to find that it’s our inadequacies that truly bring us closer to GOD. That is when I started to see the love and Grace presented to me. What has always been there was never noticed by me. It takes a dark cave to see the smallest flicker of light.

    When I read 2 Corinthians 13 I noticed starting on verse 4 Paul is using the word “We”, can you explain who Paul was referring to in the “We”? Was he taking about he and GOD? He and Jesus? He and the other apostles?

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    • jenniferwspivey says:

      Great question – and good catch! Wow – noticing those “little” things (like a change in the pronoun) can make a big difference. I believe that Paul is referring to “we” as him and the believers in Corinth – and by extension, us as believers today!

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