Paul

Perspective on Afflictions

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This last week, the Lord has brought to mind the following passage related to afflictions:

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)

Paul had learned that afflictions were actually a positive thing related to his future. That is a different perspective than what most of us have toward afflictions.

Take a moment to re-read the passage and reflect on these questions:

  1. What afflictions you are facing come to mind?
  2. What new insights toward these afflictions does this passage provide?
  3. How is the Lord changing your perspective from the temporal to the eternal?

Thank the Lord for all He is doing in your life.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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His Kindness

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In these last few weeks, I have been spending time studying and pondering Paul’s letter to his fellow worker, Titus. The following passage leaves me with hope, perspective and gratefulness for what He has done for me.

Take a moment to read Paul’s words.

“For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)​

Here are some questions to ponder:

  1. What was the Father’s role? The Son’s? The Spirit’s?
  2. What did we do to deserve His kindness?
  3. How does this passage give you hope?

Take a moment to thank the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for their great kindness.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Redeemed for Purity

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I’ve been spending some time in Titus recently. This short letter to Paul’s mentee, Titus, was written to guide Titus in his mission to clean up the remaining churches in Crete which were a mess.

The following passage stood out to me this morning.

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and
Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every ​lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” (Titus 2:11-14 )

There is so much to ponder in this short passage. Take a moment to re-read it and think about these questions:

  1. What stands out to you?
  2. Why did Jesus come?
  3. What is the Lord saying to you from this passage?

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Opposition

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Often we think that if there is opposition to our ministry, we should tone it down or perhaps withdraw. Paul faced much opposition in his ministry.

Here’s what he shared with the Corinthians:

But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. (1 Cor. 16:8-9)

Paul had a wide open door for ministry. Many people were being served, equipped and sent out. Yet the opposition was severe. Paul was not intimidated. He kept at it by the grace of the Lord.​

Take a moment to reflect on this passage.

  1. What door has the Lord opened for you?
  2. Who are the adversaries?
  3. How does the Lord want you to respond?

 

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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