Devotions for August 13, 2014

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2 Corinthians 4:1-7

Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. 2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.

3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

5 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Have you given God complete lordship, supreme power or rule, over your life? If you believe that Jesus has bought us with His blood, do you want to serve Him freely and enthusiastically? Do you want to surrender all that you are to Him? Can you give up your own pleasures if that is what is needed to please Him? What stops you from giving your all since He gave His all?

Q: How are you being a “light in the darkness” in the way you live your life? When it comes to how you speak on topics like marriage, sex, or immorality, are you testifying the great power of God, or are you talking about your feelings and decisions?

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