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COMPETENCE with GOD

March 29, 2017

Wednesday

 

2 Corinthians 3:4-5

 

Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus Christ had given Paul “confidence” that the changes that the gospel had produced in the Corinthians validated his apostolic credentials. That confidence was not merely the product of Paul’s imagination.

 

Paul did not want his readers to confuse this “Spirit”-inspired confidence with the fleshly human confidence that comes from feeling adequate or self-sufficient. Our service is actually God working through us, rather than our serving Him. God is the One who makes us adequate servants. Paul was contrasting God-confidence with self-confidence. Christianity is not the natural life lived on a higher plane. It is a divine life manifested in the energy of the Holy

Spirit.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 22:6

 

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

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