1 Corinthians 2 Devotional – Day 3

By January 20, 2021Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

MAJESTY OF GOD Sovereign power, authority, or dignity. It is also a reference to greatness or splendor of quality or character. 

Psalm 8:1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.

Praise God for His Majesty
God is the Majestic King of the Universe. As you praise him, consider changing your posture (kneel, stand in reverence, or bow). Think about the splendor of the heavens, the sun, the moon and stars. Praise God that his splendor surpasses the majestic heavens.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bring your requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Ask God to cause your lost friends to recognize the futility of looking to anything in this world for the rest, and let this reality to drive them to repentance and saving faith.
  • Pray for our new President. Ask God to save him if he is not born again. Ask God to give him wisdom and courage.
  • Pray for those protecting our capital today. Pray for safety and wisdom.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to bring spiritual awakening in the United States. Ask God to bring Christians to repentance and for believers to boldly and clearly proclaim the gospel
  • Ask God to speak to you now as you read  and meditate on the scriptures.

SCRIPTURE READING:

1 Corinthians 2 New Living Translation

Paul’s Message of Wisdom
2 When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”

10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For,

“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach him?”

But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

You can’t read my mind, but I can read my own mind. I can tell you, if I choose, what is in my mind. We cannot read God’s mind, but thanks be to God he has chosen to tell us some of what is on his mind. We have this in Scripture. Do you understand that what you just read, what we call 1 Corinthians chapter 2, is from the mind of God? Does that thought change how you “think” of what you read? I hope it does. Remember that thought tomorrow as you read again.

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