Daily Prayer

How many of us must realize that those who live in the house with us have a special blessing from God to get along with us! There are some dear women and children that would rather go into a bear pit than have to meet some of you before you have had your morning cup of tea or coffee. Does your family sigh with relief when you leave for a religious convention or a Bible conference, knowing that they will have a week of peace in the house with you away? The Lord never meant that any Christian should have to growl a later apology to husband or wife, saying, “Perhaps I did roar a bit, but I wasn’t fully awake, and you know I am not responsible until half an hour after I am out of bed.” The Lord will do away with all of that for you, and every side of the bed will be the right side of the bed for you to get out of, when you have committed your mind and your tongue to Him for those first moments of contact that you will have with others.

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Seven times a day do I praise You because of Your righteous judgments.” (Ps. 119:164)

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Paul, the Bold -- Part Three

Paul, the Bold
2 Corinthians 10:1-18
Theme: Strength under pressure.
This week’s lessons teach us how to handle criticism in a God-honoring way.

Lesson

The Greeks had a certain standard of eloquence that came from a tradition of oratory going way back to the Greek golden age. Then along had come the public lecturers and the politicians who won their way by having the right word and the dramatic flair. Paul's critics were assessing him by those high Greek standards. They said Paul was a weak figure, and that even though he came across strong in his letters, in person he was not of leadership caliber. It was in the face of all this that Paul goes on to demonstrate how to handle criticism.

A Heart Turned to Praise

Once the mind has meditated on Christ, then the heart naturally turns to praise. For Christ, recognized, exalted, and enthroned in the life, will live the same life of praise and intercession within us that He is living in Heaven.

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“Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! (1 Chronicles 16:9)

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Paul, the Bold -- Part Two

Paul, the Bold
2 Corinthians 10:1-18
Theme: Strength under pressure.
This week’s lessons teach us how to handle criticism in a God-honoring way.

Lesson

Paul’s critics were apparently people who had come in from outside, the same way Paul had come originally. These were the people who were stirring up trouble. Paul writes about them in quite a different way than he writes about the Corinthian church itself. He has very hard words for these people who were disrupting the church. Secondly, they came with great boasts of authority, presenting themselves as "super apostles" and claiming to have greater revelation and far more authority than even Paul.

Resting with Jesus on My Mind

Many people know from sad experience that the mind frequently drifts to thoughts that are utterly of self, and its interests and desires, in those half-asleep, half-awake moments that end our days and begin our nights. I have discovered, therefore, that it is of great importance to capture this half world of the mind for our Lord Jesus Christ.

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“I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.” (Psalm 3:5)

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Paul, the Bold -- Part One

Paul, the Bold
2 Corinthians 10:1-18
Theme: Strength under pressure.
This week’s lessons teach us how to handle criticism in a God-honoring way.

Lesson

It is a difficult thing to be a leader, I suppose, or to be prominent in any way because the more prominent you are, the more criticism you get of one sort or another. That is certainly true of politicians. They are criticized by their opponents. Then if they are elected to the office they are seeking, they are the butt of constant criticism until eventually somebody displaces them, and they return to a normal way of life.

Cheerful Givers -- Part Five

Cheerful Givers
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Theme: Gratitude.
This week’s lessons teach us that we should give willingly, generously, and cheerfully.

Lesson

The final aspect of this matter of motivation for giving comes at the very end of chapter 9, verse 15, where Paul says, "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift." What Paul is doing here in this very last statement about this offering is to lift the eyes of those to whom he is writing up to God and his great gift of salvation to us through the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the indescribable gift.

Who Dares Condemn the Elect?

An accuser of the brethren would bring his charge against us for the very sins we come to confess, but the Judge knows how to treat a disbarred accuser. Then the Father reveals His heart of love; I try to tell Him what I feel, but there are things that He will not let me say.

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“Who shall bring any charge against God's elect?  It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn?  Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised.”
(Romans 8:33-34)

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Resist…Submit

It must be realized that Satan will bring up his heaviest reserves to resist the child of God at this point. If the enemy of our souls can keep us with unconfessed and unforsaken sin in our lives, then he has succeeded in nullifying our Christian life, making our Christian witness ineffective. If ever we wrestle against the principalities and against powers, if ever we have to do with the rulers of this world’s darkness, if ever we contend against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenlies, it is at the moment when we attempt to seek the Lord for forgiveness and cleansing.

Resist...Submit

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

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Cheerful Givers -- Part Four

Cheerful Givers
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Theme: Gratitude.
This week’s lessons teach us that we should give willingly, generously, and cheerfully.

Lesson

The third blessing Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians 9:8 has to do with the example of God in his giving and our motivation. The very fact that God multiplies back our gifts is to motivate us. We spoke about these three marks of giving - generous, willing, and cheerful. When you begin to think of that in terms of God, it obviously applies. We speak of generous giving, but God is generous - abundantly generous. We talk of willingness - God does not give reluctantly or under compulsion. We talk of cheerfulness - God gives cheerfully.

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