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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

My Study Notes - Chapter 22 TO LIVE IS CHRIST

My Study Notes: To Live is Christ Chapter 22

I come to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling

1 Corinthians 2:3

We might be surprised to know that Paul had insecurities just like ours. He had the same feelings and fears we do. Paul departs from Athens and goes to Corinth.

In Acts 18:9-10 Christ spoke to Paul and said: Do not be afraid, keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you , and no one is going to attack and harm you ,because I have many people in this city.

On the way to Corinth, Paul had many hours to think and he may have become focused on the negative instead of the positive. Aloneness can exaggerate emotions and sensitivities. In 1 Corinthians 2:1 we see that Paul felt intimated by the Athenians and those feelings accompanied him to Corinth.

First Corinthians 2:2 says by the time he reached Corinth he ‘resolved to know nothing…except Jesus Christ and him crucified. ‘ He determined to base his life and ministry on Christ – his one certainty.

By the time Paul had reached Corinth he had lost his confidence. God used Paul’s experience to demonstrate the power of the ‘spirit’ . God often proves himself when we feel we have the least to offer.

Sometimes God opens doors for us, but we have no confidence.

Insecurity can hold us back from the plan God has for us.

Proverbs 3:26 says The Lord will be your confidence and keep your foot from being snared.

God is faithful.

We should not rest on man’s wisdom, but on the Power of God.

‘On Ya’ - ma

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