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Learning to rely on God

Scripture reading for August 23rd: 2nd Corinthians 1, Psalm 18, Proverbs 13

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 believers, we don’t get a pass on suffering or persecution. Paul and his ministry team went through a trial where they despaired of life itself. They felt under the sentence of death and that there was no escape. However, God strengthened them and delivered them from the deadly peril. It was Paul’s faith in God that caused him to declare that God would do it again as well. But Paul encouraged the believers to pray for them and bring help as many agreed together. This would bring thanksgiving from those helped through the prayers. Prayer is an amazing help and comfort to those in despairing trials. God is faithful to hear and answer us and those praying for us and with us. To Him be all glory in heaven and on earth!

Psalm 18:4-6 “The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the testimony of these who have gone before me and have suffered in great despair. Your promise of hearing our prayers and delivering us brings comfort and faith. I pray for those in my life that I know are going through despairing trials and what looks hopeless. Use me to pray for them and to encourage them that You are faithful. Thank You for Your amazing faithfulness to us!

Proverbs 13:21 “Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good.”

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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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