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(297) 24 October : Proverbs 17v23 / 2 Corinthians 3v1-6v13 / Psalm 69v14-18

BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
There should be no question of turning away from the gospel, whether to Judaism or any alternative belief. Paul's point is that the ministry of the gospel is greater than that of the old covenant of Moses. Why then, don't more believe? He answers it is because they are blinded by Satan, whereas God has granted faith to Christians by revealing Christ to them by the Spirit. And the encouragement to conitnue in faith is significant. No matter how much hardship or persecution may come, we do not lose heart because we know all will be judged by Christ and resurrection and life awaits those of faith. This is why Paul continues in the "ministry of reconciliation" Christ entrusted to him, appealing to his hearers to be reconciled to God. Although we are not apostles, it is why we should share that concern for evangelism too. As you read note the various things we have as Christians.
2 Corinthians 3:1-6:13

Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.

Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.

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