Tag: inward renewal
Scripture reading for August 1st: Psalm 62-64, 2nd Corinthians 4
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Paul was encouraged and shared how he kept his own spirit up. If he focused on the external things that he saw, he could easily become discouraged. His own body was growing older and wasting away. He suffered afflictions and persecutions. Not everyone that he preached Jesus Christ as Lord to treated him with respect. But he looked at the unseen realities of the spiritual realm and was renewed inside each day! These things were eternal while the visible world was transient!
Psalm 62:1-2 “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He alone is my Rock and my Salvation, my Fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for encouraging me and renewing me inside with vision and understanding of the eternal realities of Your presence and glory. I can say with David, You are my Rock! Amen.
Scripture reading for August 3rd: 2nd Corinthians 4
Paul likened each believer to a “jar of clay” that contained an amazing treasure–the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ! This knowledge came from faith and God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Paul stated that God put this treasure in frail human vessels for a purpose: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2nd Corinthians 4:7) God specializes in using our weakness to show His strength!
Paul explained that persecution and hardship are often the lot of believers and ministers of Christ. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body,” (2nd Corinthians 4:8-10) In spite of hardships and suffering, Christ enables His disciples to keep a good attitude and persevere through the suffering!
According to Paul, the secret of perseverance in trials was to stand in faith and speak faith! “It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence.” (2nd Corinthians 4:13-14) No matter whether they lived or died, Christ would be faithful to His Word!
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2nd Corinthians 4:16-17)
Scripture reading for August 31st: 2nd Corinthians 4:13-5:11
The glorious hope of the believer is the resurrection of the body. “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” (2nd Corinthians 5:1-4)
Our soul and spirit are clothed with our human body. This body is wasting away and decaying with age. The troubles of life take their toll and too soon we die. But for the believer, death is a transition to something better and more permanent. Our souls and spirits will go into the Lord’s presence to await the resurrection body. That body will be permanent. Paul used the analogy of clothes. Few of us feels comfortable being naked before others or especially God. There is a sense of privacy about the body. When we put off this human body at death, we also desire to be clothed with a new body. We also groan in our old bodies as we age and approach death. We long for something more permanent!
The Christian should be careful to use his body to bring glory to God. While in our bodies here, we should seek to live in a way that pleases God. “So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done in the body, whether good or bad.” (2nd Corinthians 5:9-10) This judgment seat will bring rewards for those who have by faith done what God prepared for them. Others will suffer loss because of failure to obey or for squandering their time and talents. This judgment was not for unbelievers!
Are you living today with eternity in mind? What changes should be made to please God today and reap rewards at the judgment seat of Christ? That day may be closer than we think!