Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 9-10
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…
A companion reading for today would be Ephesians 6:10-17. Notice verse 12. On the human level, we are to make no defense, and no offense. We are not to defend ourselves when people attack us with false accusations, nor are we to attack others with accusations which may even be true. The devil is the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10). Jesus is the best example in His response to Satan. He quoted the Scriptures (Matt. 4:1-11). Spiritual warfare is one very important reason for this discipline of reading and meditating on God’s Word. This daily discipline should provide us with God’s protection and His armament, “the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” Chapter nine is more about giving to God’s cause. I’m impressed at the amount of time spent on the matter of our support for God’s work. No doubt, that is because, “where your heart is, there will your treasure be also” (Matthew 6:21). The way we handle money may be the greatest indication as to what is really in our hearts.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I ask that by Your Spirit You will help me to be equipped with weapons which will destroy all attacks by the enemy of my soul. I’m attacking his “strongholds” with Your Word right now as I read and speak it. You are making me “more than a conqueror” (Rom. 8:37). I pray this in and through the Person of Jesus, the One who is the ultimate Conqueror. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I struggled for a long time with the concept of supporters making pledges for future support of God’s work. I preferred the softer approach, which was called a “faith promise.” Finally, after 15 years of TV ministry (’62 -’77), where I did not use the word “support” on TV, I realized that people needed to know about the need in order to respond. I also learned that the Crossroads Board needed to know the level of support in order to plan for the future. I finally got the message that in order to “count the cost” (Luke 14:28-30), I must know both the expense side and income side of the budget. Paul had no problem asking the people of God for support: “Your bountiful gift which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity, and not as a grudging obligation” (2 Cor. 9:5b).
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