Plea for Grace August 21, 2022

2 Corinthians 4:7-18 ESV - 
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 
8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 
10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 
11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 
12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. 
13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, "I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak, 
14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 
15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 
17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 
18 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.

Perspective . . .

Who (or what) am I going to believe?

Just follow your heart —

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV – 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Trust in education, culture, science (fill in the blank) —

Proverbs 3:5 ESV – 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Please hear me. I am NOT saying that your conscience is of no value, or that education, culture, science are always wrong. However, what do I do when these collide with what God says in His Word?

Psalm 18:30-31 ESV – 30 This God–his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 31 For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?–

Psalm 119:30-32 ESV – 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me. 31 I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame! 32 I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!

More tomorrow . . .

Prayer for the Persecuted Church–OpenDoorsUSA

Day 7: Pray for the role the church plays in ministering
to people. Thank the Lord for their determination to
continue sharing Christ with the lost. Pray for wisdom
and courage

Daily Wisdom
Psalm 21, 51, 81, 111, 141
Proverbs 21

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