Scripture--2 Corinthians 13
Observation: Wallace often says, "I can't expect unless I inspect". And although we like to cut up, I am keenly aware that Wallace says many brilliant things. This is one I will keep and use! See, we try hard to be good. We work hard to be Christian. But sometimes its easy to put yourself into autopilot. How do we know if we are loving enough if we don't check sometimes. Now, this whole book has been about admitting our weaknesses, about letting God be strong in us, about remember that we don't have to be perfect. And I agree with that. I'm weak so Christ can be strong. I am saved by God's grace, not by my works. I do good BECAUSE God loves me.
With that being said, there's also something to be said about checking yourself. So this verse hit me: (13:5) "Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Test yourselves".
Observation: Have you tested yourself lately? Have you checked your "faith-meter"? How is it going? Are you feeling close to God? Have you heard Jesus speak lately? The spirit move? Have you spent time in prayer and reflection? Time praising God? Then today is the day to start! Examine yourselves, don't worry, we won't fail the test!
Prayer: God of great love, We want to be closer to you. To love you more. Show us the way. Teach us to pray. Love us as we walk along the way. With open hearts we offer ourselves to you! In your amazing name we pray. Amen.
August 3--Galatians 1-Galatians 3
August 4--Galatians 4-Galatians 6
August 5--Ephesians 1-Ephesians 3
August 6--Ephesians 4-Ephesians 6
August 7--Philippians 1-Philippians 3
August 8--Philippians 4-Colossians 2