Posts Tagged ‘ paul ’

Day 92: A New Creation in Christ

Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6:2
Key Verse:
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

What is faith?  I like Paul’s definition in Hebrews 11:1 which states, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.  This means that faith gives a reality to things we cannot see.

Today many people live primarily for things which are seen, such as wealth. However Matthew Henry has commented, “Faith is for this world and sight is for the next world.”  As we walk by faith each day , we must “keep on, keeping on”, confident of things to come and with the hope of heaven in our hearts.

If you are going through a difficult time at present, knowing your future is secure in God is an encouragement when you suffer. (Wiersbe)

So, let us not be like Thomas, who thought seeing was believing, but rather entrust our ‘mustard seed faith’ to Jesus and remember that all we have seen should teach us to trust God for all we have not seen.



Day 91: The Most Excellent Way

A fresh insight of some ancient truths.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end
Love never dies.

1 Corinthians 13:3-8 MSG

Day 89: All Scripture is God-breathed

Passage: 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8
Key Verse: “Preach the Word” 4:2

Distraction.  We all face it.  Whather its buying that hoodie from the internet we dont need , or watching that TV programme we never sat down to watch ,or just thinking about ourselves and how good we are ; we always get distracted from the main thing.

In this passage Paul is focused, and makes it clear to everyone.  Morover he tells us to have a sharp focus – Preach the Word. That Word is Jesus . He tells us to be prepared always , even when we dont feel like it or face distraction. He commands us to be resonable in all situations and to keep telling other about Jesus, even when it is tough.

Spend time today at the feet of Jesus. Focus on Him and ask Him to help you complete on the task Paul gives.


Day 88: Good Soldiers of Christ

Passage: 2 Timothy 2
Key Verse: 
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal” v8

I find it so easy to get diverted; to be concerned by peripherals and consumed by details; to lose the plot and lose sight of the essential. Which isn’t to say that peripherals and details aren’t important; they are – but in their place! The examples Paul uses to encourage and inspire are all groups whose success depends on single-minded focus; soldiers, athletes and farmers.

So what blurs our focus? Well obviously the temptations that reflect our inner desires  (v 22) but the recurring warning seems to be about words. Quarrelling about words; godless chatter; and foolish and stupid arguments. Why is it always easier to find time for these diversions than it is for reflection and prayer and seeking the insights that God promises (v7)? And why do I forget it is so dangerous – gangrene is a deeply unpleasant image!

Prayer: Lord help me to keep my focus on you the living Saviour so that all the other diversions of life will be in their rightful place.

David McC

Day 87: The Love of Money

Passage: 1 Timothy 6:3-21

I own lots of things. In global terms I am incredibly wealthy. And yet I have to ask myself, ‘Have I learned that godliness with contentment is great gain.’ (vs. 6).  How easily I have fallen into the trap and into the many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men (and women and young people) into ruin and destruction.  Paul warns the rich and those who pursue wealth, who ‘love money.’  I try to convince myself that none of this applies to me, but it does.  The other side of the coin is Paul’s command to pursue (make a big effort, try hard, work at) righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (vs.11).  It is in God we have our hope, not money.

I am struck by Paul’s final instruction to the young Timothy –“guard what has been entrusted to your care.” What is that?  I think it is the good news of Jesus Christ who brings real life to all.  We are commanded to guard the truth faithfully and to pass it on to others, young and old.


Day 86: Elders & Deacons

Passage: 1 Timothy 3:1-16
Key Verse: “Now the overseer is to be above reproach…” 1 Timothy 3:2a

Leadership is important. It matters that those who lead are people of integrity…especially within the church.

The really obvious thing to look for in a leader is whether people follow them. In order for this to happen, the leader needs to be someone worth following! And so it is vital for a leader to be a person of good character, integrity and humility.

Above all else a leaders lifestyle should be one that is an example to those following. For me, this is more important than gifting or charisma or skills, because, more than anything it’s attitudes and actions that rub off onto the follower. For me, this creates the biggest challenge and responsibility of leadership.


Day 85: The Supremacy of Christ

Passage: Colossians 1:1-23
Key Verse:
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

What a passage? Two huge subjects; Prayer and the Supremacy of Christ.

Is Paul not the ultimate man of prayer? I often wonder how he kept up all his prayers for so many people. Paul did not just pray idle prayers. His prayers were always full of desire and the best for others. It was never that they would be rich or that things would work out for them but they were always full of a desire that his friends would grow in spiritual understanding and growth.

Any passage that speaks of the supremacy of Christ must be good for us to read, for it draws us heavenwards and reminds us why we are on earth and what Jesus has done for us. The end result of that must be to give us a greater desire to live for him until we see him face to face. At least that is the effect it has on me.

David C.