Evil doesn’t always come to us as dark and bad. Sometimes Satan disguises himself to look like something positive, helpful, good, or even wholesome. When in actuality he is there to subvert God’d work in your life.
When someone attacks you, your character, your name, your reputation- it’s war! Our temptation, as people in the flesh, is to attack into realm of the flesh. Listen along to how Paul instructs us to do something different.
Your joy of giving to others isn’t tied to what’s in your bank account. Our joy is rooted in Jesus’ work in our life. That means when your bank account balance isn’t what you’d like, you can still the experience the joy that comes from giving to others because your joy is rooted in something that doesn’t go up & down.
Journey with us as Paul and Titus show us to be in relationship to one another means we are involved in one another’s lives in a way that encourages fruit, challenges us to grow, and corrects us when needed in a loving matter.
Have you opened yourself up to alliances with others who are undermining your faith and mission? You may not even realize your partnership or your ties may influence your spiritual walk with Jesus.
When things feel out of control, the love of Christ should control us.
There is a joy in walking with a person in their journey to find Christ. When their eyes are opened and they see all that Jesus is for them, there is nothing like it. Paul had dedicated his life in response to the call of God so this happens among people who have never known this. He wants more and more people to see the light of Jesus.
Glory is the power and perfection of God through Christ on full display by the Spirit. The freedom of Spirit allows us to give and receive forgiveness, live in love for God and man, and be free from condemnation.
As Paul faces attack on his work in Corinth, he defends not only his own integrity, but the gospel itself.
Don’t waste your pain! This thing that has brought you so much pain could be a place of exceeding joy when you use it to help someone as they walk through their pain. Your pain has a purpose. If you don’t use it, it will be wasted.
How do we return to “normal” without returning to normal? When your circumstances change and things seem to return to your normal, remember who brought you there. Don’t just use God in a time of need. Stay consistent in worship, cultivate a heart of obedience, practice generosity, and assist others in need.
Don’t believe that just because your foundation is Jesus that storms will not come. They come against everyone. Instead, take the words and teachings of Jesus and say “This is how I am going to make decisions in my life. This is what I am going to stand on.”