Questions for Reflection for Study of 2 Corinthians 12-13

Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some thoughts and ideas from the journey through 2 Corinthians 9-11. The first thought was how God initiates in our heart the eagerness and enthusiasm toward giving. The gift of Christ inspires in us the desire to give as a thanksgiving for what we have been given.

Not only is it important to share in our material blessings but there is also a need to share in our spiritual blessings. As a team member for God, we can step ahead of hate, iniquity, and other corrupting influences in the world that keep us down. Instead, we can desire the authenticity, sincerity and certainty that God provides using technology to make a positive impact on your life.

Just a click away are scriptures, sermons, Christian blogs, and uplifting music available at any place or any time just by using your phone, mobile device, or computer. There is unlimited power when we work together. Lay claim to the ONE who unites us all. Together, we can gain advantage over the enemy and achieve the standards set by God in His Word.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been made aware of Paul’s courage in standing up to the negative ways of the world. He was devoted to being a servant of Christ even when in danger, imprisoned, and facing tremendous pressure. As we journey through this life, impossible situations may be a part of our future too but the weapon we can use to face these situations is the power of the Holy Spirit. The indwelling Spirit will provide what we need to step out in adventurous ways with a courageous vision.

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.

The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable to sharing about God’s word. As I share about my study of the next few posts, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with God amazing!

Questions for Reflection

2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Why can Paul be content with personal weaknesses, insults, hardships, etc.? How and when can a weakness become a strength? How can you be content with your weaknesses?

2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Why has Paul spent so much time acting the ironic fool? To whom has Paul’s defense been directed? Can you think through possible relationships with friends and family when you could gladly spend for their benefit? What are the reasons for Paul’s apprehension regarding his forthcoming visit to the Corinthians?

2 Corinthians 13
How will Paul act toward the Corinthians when he comes? What is Paul’s concern in challenging the Corinthians to examine themselves? How can you conduct your life so that you can claim to do nothing against the Truth? What must you do so that the God of love and peace will be with you?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.  

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print. 
“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. N.p., n.d. Web.  <http://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.
“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.
Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.
“Bing.” Microsoft. N.p., n.d. Web. Images >.
“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.
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