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Galatians 3

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So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

– Galatians 3:9

Abraham was certainly blessed of God in a unique manner. He is rightly honored as the first follower of God by faith. But we should understand that there is no partiality with God. Which means, if you are a child of God by faith, then you are an heir of the same blessings and promises as was Abraham.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Galatians 2

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“For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

– Galatians 2:18

Are there things in your life that you’ve given up for Christ? Are there liberties that you’ve sacrificed? If so, do not go back. Don’t return to those things you’ve laid down in devotion to Him!

In Psalm 15 King David asks the question, “LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?” After meditation on that question David gives a series of answers in verses 2-5. One of the answers David gives is, “He who swears to his own hurt and does not change.” There are more than a few interpretations on this, but I think (at least) one way to understand it is to say, if there are things you’ve sacrificed in devotion to Christ, press on, even if the commitment to do so is in some ways painful.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Galatians 1

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But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

– Galatians 1:11-12

Revelation is one of the most difficult aspects of the Christian faith, for many non-believing westerners in our day to accept. As a result there are those in the church who either downplay its importance, or make light of it, by rarely brining it up. But the fact is, revelation is an essentially important issue for Christians.

We believe that God has revealed Himself. He has done so, first, through creation and our conscience (general revelation), then through prophets (special revelation), and most importantly through His son, and the Gospel. This is central to Christianity, and that being the case, Christians need to own it, even if it is mocked.

Never forget, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 13

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Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

– 1 Corinthians 13:4

I am truly grateful that the evidence of God’s presence in our lives (i.e. the fruit of the Spirit) is — chiefly — love. And that love is patient and kind. Which means, God is patient and kind. Of course, that’s not a new revelation in 1 Corinthians 13. It’s clear all the way back in Exodus 34:4-6.

I have a difficult time, in and of my own strength, being patient and kind. But I am grateful that God, working in me by His holy Spirit, is able to produce patience and kindness.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 12

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And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.

– 2 Corinthians 12:15

As I said when we opened 2 Corinthians a couple of weeks ago, this is most certainly Paul’s most emotionally revealing letter. It shows us Paul’s heart, which is expressed again here near the close of the letter.

Paul was willing to love in truth. Meaning he would not set aside truth (even painful truth) because he was afraid to challenge or hurt those whom he loved. No, because he loved in truth, he would speak the truth (even painful truth) in love, even if it might temporarily cause strain in fellowship.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 11

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For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

– 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

It should not be strange to us to see false witnesses and false teachers in the church in our day. They were there 2,000 years ago, and they will be there until Christ returns. But though they mascaraed as true followers of Christ, we can and should know them. For Jesus taught, concerning false teachers, “by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20).

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 10

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For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

– 2 Corinthians 10:4

So just what are “the weapons of our warfare” that are mighty in Christ? There are two that immediately stand out. Listed among the armor of God in Ephesians 6, are two offensive instruments: the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and prayer.

Do you know how to utilize the sword of the Spirit? Are you growing in your mastery of the weapon of Prayer? Neither of these will be effective and mighty in your life without persistent practice.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 9

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And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

– 2 Corinthians 9:8

By God’s grace we can “always have all sufficiency in all things, in abundance for every good work.” The superabundance spoken of here is (quite frankly) difficult to imagine. But it is the promise of the grace of Christ, and available to us “in Him.” For Paul wrote in another place that in Him God “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3).

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 8

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For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

– 2 Corinthians 8:9

Have you experienced the riches of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ? He certainly desires that you would. He went to great lengths to make it possible that you might.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 7

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For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

– 2 Corinthians 7:10

We could probably produce a significant list of differences between “godly sorrow” and “the sorrow of the world.” But certainly one of the differences on the list would be that the sorrow of the world tends to be a sorrow over the consequences of getting caught, or the fallout of wrong decisions and sinful actions. The sorrow of the world is that which wells up as a result of painful outcomes of sin, but it doesn’t ultimately produce transformational repentance. Therefore, it is the sorrow of the world that eventually produces death.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon