Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Catalyst-Known: A 21 Day Journey”. It is 21 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
2 Corinthians 1:1-11
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”
As you seek to understand God’s calling for you, let’s turn around. Let’s look back and remember those experiences when God used you. What have people affirmed about you? When have you felt God was really working through you? Keep in mind that many times God’s calling is a process. We go with what we know now and continue to be open to God’s direction. Sometimes that requires trying certain opportunities to see how God works.
Main Passage: 2 Corinthians 1.1-11
Write down 5 to 10 experiences when God used you. Do you notice any trends? What do you feel as you look back?
Do you feel like you still need to explore serving in a specific area? If so, which one and what is your next step?
Thank God for these experiences and for the clarity he provides.
What are some experiences that God has used you? This may be tougher to answer for some than for others. I know my writing for this website could easily fill 5 to 10 experiences alone. If I needed to spend more time serving then it would have to be at my church. They always need help and I am always available. Well not always, but a lot of the time. I do want to thank the Lord for the work He has done in my life and the healing He has given me. I am a new man because of Him and no longer am the boy I was before.