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2 Corinthians 4 (NKJV)
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

Psalm 44 (NKJV)
You are my King, O God; command [or, Who commands] victories for Jacob.
Through You we will push down our enemies; through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.

Psalm 44 (NIV)
You are my King and my God, Who decrees victories for Jacob. [or, King, O God; / command victories for Jacob]
Through you we push back our enemies; through Your Name we trample our foes.

May we pray, wait on the Lord, fast, do whatever the Spirit of God is prompting us to do so “the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body”.

It is true that Christ is in all believers—but are the Presence, Authority, and Love Christ being seen through us?

We may not always see or know how the Lord Jesus is using us.

If we are totally surrendered and consecrated to the Lord, we will "see and follow" the Holy Spirit very closely as did the Perfect Man, the Lord Jesus, and as did the apostles in the NT.

Galatians 2 (KJV)
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

God has decreed victories for Jacob, i.e., has commanded victories for Jacob.

May we truly enter into the GLORY of Christ so we are a living letter, a living doorway to the Glorious Presence of Christ. May we always pray for the peace of Jacob (i.e., Israel) as a nation. Israel’s enemies, no matter who, will fail.

Psalm 44 (NKJV)
But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us.
In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever. Selah

May we pray for the spiritual Israel as well.

Galatians 6 (NKJV)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

May we pray for many Arabs, as well as other Gentiles, to come to truly know the Prince of Peace.


Missed this back in Matthew

"And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one." NIV

I always thought a later scribe added "one" after evil - from the scribe's own line of thought for clarification.

Turns out that "evil" in Greek is "poneros" and it is being used in the nominative case in this verse. Jesus is naming/giving a title to "evil".

"The word is used in the nominative case in Mt. 6:13. This usually denotes a title in the Greek. Hence Christ is saying, deliver us from "The Evil", and is probably referring to Satan."

Guess the scribe was correct in adding "one" to the text :) Just adding to my list for reality of entity known as - satan. Posting for others that might be doing the same.


Mercy--not getting what you do deserve / withheld punishment

Grace--getting what you don't deserve / unmerited favor
Paul realizes that he has been shown God's mercy. Since he is divinely called, will he also not be divinely enabled? Thus Paul can have confidence in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul preached boldly (with no fear), humbly (message of the cross/it is not about mankind), truthfully, and with integrity.

[NOTE: Paul did not complain of what he did not have, but rejoiced in what he was given. Can we say the same?]
2Cor4:4a "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers..."

Age or world can be interchanged. But - Who is the "god of this age"? Satan, the concept of false idols, or something we concentrate (and hence worship) more than God? Or "all of the above". Realize that Satan uses idols and outside interests to detract and diminish God - anything to keep people from seeking God.

Satan has no power to blind peoples minds. God does, but Satan does not. So how does he do this "blinding" of Gentiles? Through "lies and deceit".

John 8:44 "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." NIV

It is all a big "con" job with satan. Think about how a "con man" operates. A con man does not steal your money - he gets you to give it to him. How? By creating a scenario that is very believable (but not true), in that scenario the "con man" appeals to the "victim's" pride, intelligence, greed,etc. The victim falls for the story, and hands over some money. In the end - the victim is separated from his money, and left with nothing.

satan works the same way. A scenario is created that comes close to God's plan, but does not include Jesus or concept of grace. The victim has his ego stroked. Your a smart guy. You can figure this out. Doesn't this make sense to you? In the end, one is left not separated from money - but from God.

How many people do you know that have it all figured out? Have something that works for them. Makes sense to them. Gives them a participatory role in their going to heaven. The problem is they are self-centered - focusing on what they know, what they can figure out. As long as they are looking inward for the solution, they will always be blinded. Until they turn to God and quit looking inward - they will never find the "truth".

In essence, Satan convinces one to blind himself from the truth. That is the ultimate "con job".
I like in verse 6 that Paul references Genesis:

"Let light shine out of darkness"

to give us the idea that we are a new creation".

Not ming dynasty valuable vases, but jars of clay. The treasure is not the jar - it is common everyday vessel - but in what is inside the jar. So that it would be evident to anyone who had eyes to see that the work was being done by the power of God, not the power of the vessel.

Paul keeps refering to the death of and life in Christ. If we did not have Christ's death we would not be able to have the "life in Him". The two are intertwined.

I need to keep an eye on this next year in readings, but a commentator mentioned - whenever Christ talked about his coming death in the Gospels - he also always refered to the resurrection. The two go hand in hand.

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