The Real Thing

Paul faced opposition at Corinth from false teachers. In 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, he lays out his concern for the Corinthians. They were being deceived by false teachers into thinking their way was the best way rather than true devotion to Christ.

The church at Corinth was being destroyed from within by false teachers who thought they had all the answers. Their way was complicated with all these rules to follow. Their way was so complicated that they couldn’t follow their own rules.

Rather than be blessed with the gospel message of Jesus, these false teachers made up their own way to salvation. The message taught by Paul was simply about Christ as the way to salvation. Those who believed in the way of Christ were no longer a square peg trying to fit through a round hole. With Christ, they become well rounded and fit in.

If we know the real thing, we can recognize a counterfeit. Therefore, we should daily study the real thing or God’s Word. We should store up what is good for our soul, choose to be transformed, and live a fulfilling life through Christ.

This picture below is of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe which is the largest alpine lake in North America. Not only is it large in area but extremely deep (1,645 feet). Like Lake Tahoe that stores up massive amounts of water, we should be a reservoir of God’s Truth so that others can be refreshed with the pure authentic Gospel, the True spirit, and the real Jesus.

Lord, this day we choose to take in what is good for our body and soul. The pure, simple, and refreshing gospel message will transform us. We can now forgive instead of hold a grudge, we hunger for Your food for the soul, seek freedom, and live a fulfilling life through Jesus. We are thankful that we can study, practice our faith together, and depend on the Holy Spirit to apply our faith. Amen.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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