KG Nov. 13-19

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November 13, Sunday

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Beholding and Becoming — Twelve times in these 12 verses, the word “glory” is used, centering on two main categories.  First, there was the glory of ministry, contrasting the temporary glory of God’s hand-carved commandments on tablets of stone (“the ministry of death”—v. 7), versus the permanent glory (v. 11) of the message brought through Jesus.  The NT message is not only more glorious than the OT in terms of permanency, but also in purpose.  The former message was a “ministry of condemnation,” while the latter message was a “ministry of righteousness” (v. 9).  It was a shift from blame to blameless, from despair to hope, and from dullness to understanding.  The focus on “glory” in this passage applies not only to ministry, but also to freedom: “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (v. 17).  In this freedom, “we are very bold” (v. 12) in our relationship with others because we have entered the freedom of “beholding the glory of the Lord” (v. 18) in a way that changes us as we concentrate on Him.  There was an initial transformation when we first surrendered to God for salvation, but it continues now “from one degree of glory to another” (v. 18) as we turn to God in prayer and in His Word.  As we behold Him, we are becoming more like Him.

Face to Face with Christ My Savior – YouTube

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November 14, Monday

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Seeing the Light — In the beginning of Creation, “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3).  In this gospel era, God “has shone in our hearts … the light of the knowledge of the glory of God” (2 Cor. 4:6).  The Apostle John wrote, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).  The Creator of physical light is also the eternal Source of spiritual light.  Those with physical eyes can see physical light and those with spiritual eyes can see spiritual light.  Both are available to all, but sometimes there are hindrances of physical or spiritual blindness.  Physical blindness may have many causes, but spiritual blindness comes from the activities of “the god of this world … to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel” (2 Cor. 4:4).  What a blessing of grace it is that God has thwarted Satan’s plans, so that we have seen the light of His glory and turned to it!

Arise, Your Light Is Come – YouTube

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November 15, Tuesday

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Jars of Power — This passage is filled with contrasts between the weakness of man and the power of God.  We humans are the fragile “jars of clay,” but those jars contain “this treasure … the surpassing power [that] belongs to God” (v. 7).  What a combination!  Our weakness contains God’s power.  The same power that raised Jesus from the dead (v. 14) also enables us to go through troubled times, and each “affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (v. 17).  Remember that!  Memorize verse 17!  It will help you anticipate the good things God is doing through your trials.  God delights in showing His power through the most unlikely people—weak jars with God’s power.

Earthen Vessels – YouTube

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November 16, Wednesday

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Better Than Ever — The question many Christians have about heaven is not only what the place is going to look like, but what are we going to be like.  We have been given only hints in Scripture about both.  Here, Paul shows us another glimpse of “our heavenly dwelling” (v.2), speaking of our physical body.  First, it is said to be “a building from God” (v. 1); God is the architect.  He did a pretty amazing job of making our present physical bodies, and we should expect even more for our heavenly bodies.  Secondly, it will be “eternal in the heavens” (v. 1b); it will never deteriorate and never die.  Using a clothing metaphor, Paul suggested that our heavenly bodies will be of even better quality than our physical existence: “…what is mortal … [will] be swallowed up by life” (v. 4).  This seems to be speaking not so much of time, but more of value.  Finally, God, “who has prepared us for this … has given us the Spirit as a guarantee” (v. 5).  The indwelling Holy Spirit is only a taste of what is to come in heaven.  If you came to know Christ as an adult, you remember the drastic contrast between what you were before and what you quickly became, internally.  That internal change serves as God’s guarantee that what He has promised for us in heaven will definitely take place.  The best is yet to come.

A Charge to Keep I Have – YouTube

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November 17, Thursday

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Given to Giving — Our generous and joyful giving brings pleasure to God: “God loves a cheerful giver” (v. 7).  When we give like that, we are imitating God, and it brings Him pleasure to see His children following His example.  Generosity is an important characteristic of God.  Also, our giving brings out more of God’s generosity, in that He gives us more to give: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that … you may abound in every good work” (v. 8).  He is generous to us so that we can be generous to others: “He … will multiply your seed for sowing” (v. 10).  He has given so we can be giving.  Understanding that concept should weaken my selfish attitude that considers the things I have as “mine.”  It all comes from God, and He has given some of it to us to use us to help supply the needs of others.  We also see in this passage that God benefits from our giving, in that the result of our giving to others will bring glory to God: “… will produce thanksgiving to God” (v. 11).  People will be blessed by our generosity, and they will thank God for supplying their needs through us.

For the Fruits of His Creation – YouTube

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November 18, Friday

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Power in Weakness — We like to think of God as a fixer of our problems.  He often does that, but He also sometimes lets them remain in order to produce something good for us or to teach us something about Himself.  Here, Paul seems to show that his “thorn in the flesh” was allowed to remain so that God’s power would be displayed: “…my power is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9).  This is a lesson of dependence.  When we recognize that we are helpless in our own strength and abilities, then we can turn to God so that He can demonstrate His strength and ability.  That goes against our human nature and against our surrounding culture.  Its early evidence may be seen in the toddler who demands, “Me do it!”  That attitude did help us to learn how to do things, but it also shows our tendency to depend on ourselves rather than upon God.  We need to go against our human nature and our culture to discover the available, amazing power of God and His willingness to do things in our lives—His power in our weakness.

Let Me but Hear My Savior Say – YouTube

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November 19, Saturday

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Suppressed Truth — God’s creation demonstrated “his eternal power and divine nature” (v. 20).  We all see the evidence, but most people do not admit that God is the source of it all.  Unbelievers look for other ways to explain what they see in nature and in the skies.  Why do they do that?  Paul said that the reason is because they love sin: “…by their unrighteousness [they] suppress the truth” (v. 18).  We all know people who have known the truth and believed it, but who drifted away and now claim to not even believe in God.  What happened?  It is likely that their involvement in sin led them away.  Therefore, “they are without excuse” (v. 20); the evidence is still there, but they have chosen not to acknowledge God in it.  Therefore, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven” (v. 18) and “God gave them up” (v. 24) to their chosen sinful path with its disastrous result.  Look around you today and wonder at the amazing creative ability of God that points to Him!  Then, praise Him!

So Will I – YouTube

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