Tag: 2nd Corinthians 1:8-11

Learning to rely on God

Scripture reading for September 16th: Isaiah 60-63, 2nd Corinthians 1

2nd Corinthians 1:8-11 “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves, but on God Who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

As Paul begins this second letter to the church at Corinth, he informs them of the difficult trial that he and his ministry team had in Asia. They were under such an attack, that they felt they might die. It was not pleasant, but it also worked in their lives for their good and increased their faith. It taught them to press deeper into trusting God for Whom raising the dead is not a problem! Paul was confident that God would deliver them yet again, but asked the church to pray for them. Prayers of others in agreement have great power and bring answers and thanksgiving to God, the Deliverer!

2nd Corinthians 1:18-20 “As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been yes and no. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not yes and no, but in Him it is always yes. For all the promises of God find their yes in Him.”

Prayer: Father God, You are so amazing! How you work everything out for our good and blessing and draw us closer to You is something to thank You for each day. You have delivered me from perils many times and often I didn’t even realize it. I trust that You will deliver me yet again this day! Lead me to pray for those under sentence of death and in hopeless situations that many will rejoice and give thanks.

Isaiah 63:1 “Who is this Who comes from Edom, in crimsoned garments from Bozrah, He Who is splendid in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength? “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save!”

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Strength in deadly trials

Scripture reading for September 16th: 2nd Corinthians 1

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 1:8-11 “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God Who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians came after the church and Paul had experienced some difficult trials and persecution. Disciples of Jesus and ministers of His Gospel will suffer persecution. Jesus did not tell His disciples life would be easy. He told them that the student would not be above the teacher, as He would suffer and even be crucified, so they would also suffer. Paul and his ministry team suffered in Asia such that they felt they were going to die. But the suffering worked in their favor. They learned to rely on God Who even raises the dead. They also relied on the prayers of the saints to help them and God answered prayer and delivered them. They placed their hope in God and were not disappointed!

Matthew 24:9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My Name’s sake.”

Faith declaration and prayer: Father God, I have set my hope on You alone! Thank You for sustaining me through life’s trials and tests and allowing me to share Your great comfort with others. Help me to continue to trust in Your faithfulness and to pray for my brothers and sisters who are also going through fiery trials. I know we will not be disappointed!

2nd Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

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Learning to rely on God!

Scripture reading for July 28th:  2nd Corinthians 1

Key scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 1:8-11  “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia.  We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.  Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.  But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.  He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us.  On Him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.  Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”  

Paul wanted the Corinthians to understand some of the hardships that he and his missions team endured as they ministered and preached the gospel in Asia.  It was not easy!  In fact, they had despaired even of life–expecting that they would die!  They were in over their heads and their ability to endure, but as they learned to lean on God, He delivered them.  Paul encouraged the Corinthians to pray for them because by prayer and faith of God’s people, God would continue to deliver them and His work would move forward!

Observations for over-comers:  Living a life fully consecrated to God doesn’t mean we won’t face trouble or hardship.  Persecution and hardship are part of the package!  But God calls us to rely on Him and the prayers of God’s people for deliverance and victory!  “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees.  The law from Your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”  (Psalm 119:71-72)

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