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Weekly Devotion:Death to Life

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(As you come before the Lord today, try and bear your soul before God as you come into God’s presence through today’s devotion.)

Today’s reading is from the second letter to the Corinthians. Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-16 out loud to yourself.

2 Corinthians 4:7-16

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[a] Since we have that same spirit of[b] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Ask yourself the following questions as you meditate on God’s holy word:

– In what ways can I see myself as treasures in clay jars?

– Even if I am not driven to despair or persecuted in my own life, how can I make the life of Jesus visible in my body?

– God is working through me, extending His grace to those I meet. Can I think of a time when I felt God working through me to reveal the treasure of my inner nature to the people in my life?

Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-16 out loud again and listen for the Holy Spirit prompting you towards a posture of faith.

2 Corinthians 4:7-16

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[a] Since we have that same spirit of[b] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Pray to the Lord whatever is in your heart, holding onto the belief that the “all-surpassing power” comes from God alone. 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.

Peace,

Edwin+