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II Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived y the serpent's cunning, you minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Could that happen to us? We know we love Jesus, but could we be brought to underplay, to take advantage of, and to eventually abandon our love for Him? Could we be susceptible to false teachers? Paul is alarmed when he thinks about the Corinthians at such a point of trial, and he does everything he can to pull them back and to rescue them. II Corinthians is an attempt to speak to them boldly, yet with all the tenderness he can, to woo them back to Jesus. Lord, keep us safe at Your side. Deliver us from the Evil One. Make us to love Your presence in our lives. Lord Jesus Christ, help us to stand firm.
I Corinthians 1:4
I always thank God for you because of his race given you in Christ Jesus.

Paul is not happy with many things going on in the church at Corinth. He will deal with divisions, arguing, selfishness, insensitivity to others, , and even outright sin of a nature that would shock even the unbelieving world. But he is thankful for the grace of God that has been given to them. He is thankful that they are forgiven for their sins, by Godís grace. He is thankful that sinful habits can be broken, by Godís grace. He is thankful that there can be harmony within the church by Godís grace. There can one day be maturity in Christ Jesus, by His grace. Where there is grace there is hope, so Paul is thankful for His grace. Lord Jesus, work in us by that grace to achieve Your perfect goal.
Romans 6:14
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Deliverance from sin comes alone through grace. The more we try to please God by obeying the Law, the more sensitive we become to areas where we sneakily avoid the severity of the law to make it more ďdo-ableĒ. We water down the commands, and canít really feel good about telling ourselves that we are keeping them. We can never be good enough, so we find ourselves burdened and struggling, no matter how much progress we seem to be making. Grace takes away the burden, making us free to carry on with joy. We end up living much closer to the law than we did before, since we embrace it as a friend to help us on to godliness. To keep free from the old master is a joy. Help us, Lord.
Acts 15:39
They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus.

It is hard to see sharp disagreements among brothers that keep them from working together. We serve the same Savior. We are each working for His glory. We love each other from the heart. But we canít always work together. In Paulís case, it was Godís way of matching him up with Silas, also a Roman citizen with the same advantages Paul had when confronted with the authorities. Barnabas had a mind to work with Mark, who turned out very useful to Paul in the future. But the occasion of their disagreement and parting had to be embarrassing for the church and painful to each of them, personally. Lord, help us to get along with one another and wok together, as much as it can be for Your glory, O Lord.
John 14:1
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

There are many cases where we must control our own thoughts. We must squelch a critical spirit or encourage a bright attitude. We must determine not to go down certain roads in our thought-life. We must put the best construction on certain things we observe and make ourselves employ a euphemism. Equanimity requires vigilance. Jesus says so when He tells us not to let our hearts be troubled. We could worry or we could trust. Lord, help us today to trust in You. You have given us all we need for life and godliness. You have changed our attitude toward your Word and works. We have been given many strong promises. Help us to hold onto these, filled with Your Holy Spirit, that we may reject anxiety and fear, leaning upon You, Lord Jesus.
Luke 5:13
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," He said, "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him.

That Jesus touched the man would be remarkable; it was ingrained into the culture that you did not touch a leper. But Jesus was not afraid. He would not be polluted by this or any other way that He would touch a sinnerís life. Our sins would be imputed to Him, but He would die innocent of any transgression of His own. In this interchange, we are impressed with Jesus willingness to touch the man. We are likewise amazed that He would touch our lives. Lord, help us to feel our own uncleanness , and come to You for the cleansing touch that we need. Thank You for Your willingness to touch the likes of us. Glorify Your Name in the kindness You show to us!
Mark 6:12
They went and preached that people should repent.

The simple message is that people should repent. If they are lost in sin, they should repent and turn to God. If they are sick, they are not receiving anything other than what they deserve, and they should repent. If they are surrounded by mark of Godís goodness to them, it is Godís intention that they repent, for ďĒthe goodness of God leads men to repentance. Turning from our own deeds with loathing, and a determination to live for Godís glory is an attitude of mind Jesus gives to those who follow Him. Grant such a spirit to us today, Lord, that we may live in a way that brings Glory to You. May Your word, as often as it is preached to us, be for us a call to repentance and faith in your Son, Our Lord Jesus.
Matthew 21:16
"Yes", replied Jesus, "have you never read,"From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise"?

Jesus cannot reject the childrenís praise, since God has accepted it with delight. God is wonderfully glorified in Psalm 8, whence this quotation comes, and His glory is displayed through children and infants. Children praise from the heart, without the encumbrance of cogitation. They leave all that must be taken into account to older and wiser folk, and just bubble forth with their personal praise. Could we do well to leave much of the thinking to more mature thinkers and to praise the Lord for what we know Him to be? There is certainly a sense in which we all might do so. The Lord Jesus has told us that unless we become like little children we will not enter His kingdom.

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