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Our Daily Bread 19th July 2018 Devotional – Through the Cross

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Our Daily Bread 19th July 2018 Devotional 

Topic: Through the Cross

Read: 2 Corinthians 4:8–18  Bible in a Year: Psalms 23–25; Acts 21:18–40

Scripture: [Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39

Message: My coworker Tom keeps an 8″ by 12″ glass cross on his desk. His friend Phil, who like Tom is a cancer survivor, gave it to him to help him look at everything “through the cross.” The glass cross is a constant reminder of God’s love and good purposes for him.

Our Daily Bread 19th July 2018 Devotional – Through the Cross

That’s a challenging idea for all believers in Jesus, especially during difficult times. It’s much easier to focus on our problems than on God’s love.

The apostle Paul’s life was certainly an example of having a cross-shaped perspective. He described himself in times of suffering as being “persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:9). He believed that in the hard times, God is at work, “achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen” (vv. 17–18).

To “fix our eyes . . . on what is unseen” doesn’t mean we minimize the problems. Paul Barnett, in his commentary on this passage, explains, “There is to be confidence, based on the certainty of God’s purposes for [us] . . . . On the other hand, there is the sober recognition that we groan with hope mingled with pain.”

Our Daily Bread 19th July 2018 Devotional – Through the Cross

Jesus gave His life for us. His love is deep and sacrificial. As we look at life “through the cross,” we see His love and faithfulness. And our trust in Him grows.

Prayer: Father, teach us who You are. Increase our trust in You. Fill our minds with Your perspective.

Thought for the Day: Look at everything through the cross.

Our Daily Bread 19th July 2018 Devotional was written by Anne Cetas (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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