10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
(2 Corinthians 5:10)
It’s important that we take hard stops in the midst of our busy lives, to refocus and be intentional. It’s easy to get our eyes so fixed on the temporary things of this world, that we forget — there is an unseen world and an eternal life awaiting us after death. One day, we will see Jesus face to face and what a wonderful day that will be!
3.) God loves a cheerful giver.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
(2 Corinthians 9:7)
God is a cheerful giver and he wants us to be like him and give cheerfully as well. The word cheerful here means hilarious or to be happy. God does not want us to give reluctantly or from outward pressure but instead to be happy givers.
When we give our offering, it should not feel like a tax that is forced. Instead, it should come from the overflow of a happy heart. This verse does not say that God loves when you give but that he loves a cheerful giver. God is looking at your heart. Now consider your bank account and the money that you have recently spent. Usually, how we spend our money reveals the things we love. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Are you a cheerful giver?
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
(2 Corinthians 10:4,5)
Though we live in the flesh, the war of the mind is not against flesh but against spiritual strongholds. There are those who argue and debate the truth of God, who give their lofty opinions. They come against God in our minds. Our flesh is powerless against the enemies lies, so we must take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.
Paul tells the Corinthian church to take “every” thought captive.
Pause for a moment and reflect on your thoughts – take them captive. What ungodly opinions and arguments have you come up against lately? Have you struggled with fear, bitterness, anger, lust, greed, jealousy or other sinful thoughts? What thoughts or lies have you held on to, that need to be changed and made obedient to Christ?
Your thoughts have consequences. We were made for relationship with God –to bring his truth into our minds. So stay in God’s word every day.
5.) God’s power is seen through our weaknesses and struggles.
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
(2 Corinthians 12:8-10)
Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” to keep him from becoming prideful and to keep him dependent on God. He said that it came from Satan, but God used it for good.
The Lord was more concerned with his power being displayed through Paul’s weakness, than with removing the thorn. Instead of removing Paul’s thorn, God gave Paul more grace and more strength to keep going.
We do not know if Paul’s thorn was physical, spiritual or emotional, but we do know that it hurt, and that Paul had prayed and asked the Lord to remove it. God allowed him to suffer with this thorn, so that God’s power would be seen through his weakness.
Do you have a thorn in your life that has humbled you and been used by God to reveal his power in your weakness? God is gracious in the midst of your suffering. He is with you and he will strengthen you when you lean on him.
What have you learned during your time in the book of 2 Corinthians?
Thank you for taking this journey through the book of 2 Corinthians with us! It has been a blessing to study alongside of you!
On Monday, November 2nd we will begin the
11th annual Making Your Home a Haven Bible Study
titled: Delight in the Lord!
More details and resources for this study will be posted soon!
If you are looking to do a Bible Study
during our break here’s a few I recommend:
Ecclesiastes – Wisdom for Living Well
A 6-Week In-depth Bible Study with a Free Video Series
With over 150 5-Star Reviews on Amazon – this is my most popular Bible Study! It is a verse-by-verse in-depth study of the book of Ecclesiastes. You can find all of the free resources for this study along with the video series —-> HERE.
Ruth – God’s Amazing Love for You
A 5-Week In-depth Bible Study with a Free Video Series
This is my second most popular study. It is a verse-by verse, in-depth study of the book of Ruth.
You can find all of the free resources for this study along with the video series —> HERE.
Rest and Release
A 4-Week Bible Study with a Free Video Series
You can find all of its resources and the free video seres —–> HERE.
Other books of the Bible
You can find all of the books of the Bible we have already studied together and the free resources to go along with those studies on this page —–> HERE.
I encourage you to pick a book of the Bible and study it on your own and I’ll be back in April to study a new one with you!
The 3-Month Habit Trackers are also
available on Amazon . These are a great tool!
Find all the details including interior pics and a blog series to go with them —-> HERE.
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