April 01, 2019: SOAP #3406:   Judges 11-12; Psalm 50; 2Corinthians 1 Scripture:  2Corinthians (NIV) 1:8 We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves […]

April 01, 2019: SOAP #3406:   Judges 11-12; Psalm 50; 2Corinthians 1

Scripture:  2Corinthians (NIV) 1:8 We were under greatpressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that wemight not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He hasdelivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we haveset our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by yourprayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favorgranted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Observation:   Inthis letter to the church in Corinth, Paul writes of a great struggle he had toendure.  It was not pleasant   It pushed him beyond his own capacity to endure.  It appears Paul wished he could die.  How did he make it through?  He quit relying on his own strength andability.  He depended on God.  God had enough power to raise the dead; Godhad enough power to get Paul through. 

Paul remembered how God had delivered him in the past.  God was with him so Paul had confidence thatGod will deliver him from the present trouble. And the God who delivered Paul in the past, and is delivering Paul inthe present, is the same God who will deliver Paul from yet unknown perils inthe future! 

Application:  God's presence continues with me!  He was with me!  He is with me!  And I am confident that He will be withme!  That truth about God, makes merejoice in the memories of the past, makes me have faith in the present, and makesme have hope for the future! 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I remember singing 'ConstantlyAbiding, Jesus is mine.  Constantly abiding,rapture divine.  You never leave melonely, You whisper O, so kind, 'I will never leave thee,' Jesus is mine!'   Thankyou for your continuous presence!   Amen

Pastor Leon
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