August 5, Reading 3 – 2 Corinthians 12:1-13

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SAA Notes

This is the only occasion where an Apostle lets you into his private spiritual experiences. This uniqueness should give us pause. The human heart is too easily impressed and led astray by the self-proclaimed spiritual experiences of those who would lead. Such experiences should be treated as we should treat those of other intimate relationships such as marriage – with a jealous privacy, modesty and respect!

SJA Notes

* Lord God, please teach us today.

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

We are reminded again of the worth in submission under God’s will. In the situations He places us in. Situations where we might be insulted or suffer calamity.

“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

It is an upside-down logic for any worldly understanding, because we are so far from God.

But He has come near to us in Jesus, and brought us bear through Jesus – So that in our weakness He can be glorified. There is worth in our weakness!

This can be a hard thing to dwell on, but important to wrestle with.

* Lord God,

Thank You that even though we are weak, Your strength is shown through us Your people.

Thank You for Jesus, our Saviour and King.

Please help us each day to be more like Him.

Please show us today from Your word that You would have us know.

Amen.

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