Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10-13. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
In 1 Corinthians, we read about how the believers in Corinth were struggling with their environment and the sinfulness around them. They were surrounded with corruption and many sins, feeling the pressure to adapt. When Paul learned of the peoples’ struggles, he wrote a letter to address their issues and answer their questions. Paul was letting the people know that they should live like they believe, which is very important. There were false teachers who denied Paul’s authority and said false things about him. That is when Paul wrote the Book of 2 Corinthians in order to defend his position and confront those who twisted the truth. Follow along as we read 2 Corinthians 10-13, as Paul defends his authority, boasts about his sufferings, has concern for the Corinthians, and gives final warnings!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
We, as humans, are weak. However, God is right by our side when we are going through struggles and battles in this life. God will give us the mighty weapons we need in order to fight Satan’s strongholds in this world. In life, we are all exposed to ideas or opportunities that could possibly lead us to wrong desires; however, we each have a choice. We must recognize the danger and turn away from it. We can always ask God to give us the discernment to keep our minds and thoughts focused on Him and His truth. Our Heavenly Father should be our first priority in life. Many times, we can lose our focus by allowing our lives to become overcrowded. We must make the time for Him daily, staying close to Him. God wants us to pray, believe, and trust. Paul had prayed for healing but did not receive it. Others around him had seen God at work in Paul’s life. God has a plan for each and every one of us. When we pray for healing, we must trust God and His care. Nothing will ever separate us from His love. God is our strength in our times of weakness. We must take the steps to grow closer and close to God, applying the principles of the Bible.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of 2 Corinthians, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.