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Our Good and His Glory

Hello again!

Today we’re going from first to second Corinthians. — This is what God gave me today in His word:

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. (2 Corinthians 1:8-10)

God’s strength is shown best when we are weakest. Paul despaired of life itself; he thought he was going to die. Yet God rescued them, thus showing His power. This isn’t a lesson people like to learn, as it gives us a glimpse at just how feeble we really are, and no-one likes that. But, have you ever heard the expression, “If it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger.”? In this case, that expression is exactly right. God won’t let “it” (whatever “it” may be) kill our faith, and thus whatever trial we’re in, will “only make us stronger” in our faith.

In everything, God is sovereign. This includes trails. Though God can never be the author of evil, He does give the Devil permission to do things. So, in this way, what the Devil intends for evil, God uses for our good and His glory. Every trial is for our good, in that when God brings us out of it, we can’t help but trust Him more (“On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”). And it works for God’s glory, by allowing Him to show a bit of His power through us.

That being said, we aren’t to go throwing ourselves at possibly life threatening situations unless we hear, as Paul apparently did, a clear call from God to do so. – on a side-note, God will only ever call us to do something that will build up the Kingdom, so if you think God’s calling you to do something evil, it’s not God calling. – In which case, you should of course, go.

The point being this: even if we think we’re tempted beyond all reason, or if we’re in a life-threatening situation, God will work through that for our good and His glory.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Our Good and God’s Glory

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

Fathers are to bring their children up in discipline. That’s a pretty clear, blatant statement. Nothing confusing about it. Just Paul stating another fact. The thing is that this also applies Spiritually. Fathers are to bring their children up Spiritually, yes, but the job of Spiritual discipline belongs entirely to our Heavenly Father, God. In fact, because the job of Spiritual discipline belongs to God, we don’t have to worry when any hardship comes our way. Let me explain:

Everything, good and bad, is sent by God… At least, by extension. He uses Satan as a tool. Take Job as an example. But that’s not the point. The point is that because every hardship comes from God, we don’t have to worry about any hardship. Everything, good or bad, is meant by God to build us up in some way; everything is meant to train us in righteousness and grow us in Christ. God disciplines, as compared to punishing. Here’s an example of the two; choose for yourself how they’re different:

Punishment: a father beating his kid angrily for something the kid did. This is neither constructive, helpful, or necessary, as I believe everyone would agree.

Discipline: something like a spanking. Done in love, and not injuring the person it’s directed towards. The goal is to make sure they know they did something wrong, not to hurt them. It’s to help them grow.

because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, 
   and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” (Hebrews 12:6)

Christ took our punishment for us. He took the barrier that prevented us from becoming sons of God away; he tore the curtain from top to bottom. This is why we no longer have to be afraid of God except with a fear of His power. Not with a fear that He’ll use said power to vaporize us! Now any hardship we meet, we can be sure is a sign of God’s love for us rather than his hate. Jesus Himself makes this point in John 9:2-3 (i.e. That everything that happens to us is for our good and God’s glory):

2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. (John 9:2-3)

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

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