Read thru New Testament Devotional – September 18, 2017

Paul’s defense of his Apostolic ministry-part 2 (10:1-13:10)
2 Corinthians 10-He tells them that he doesn’t want to exert his Apostolic authority when he comes...but he will if necessary.
2 Corinthians 10
2 Corinthians 10:1-Apparently, there were some in the church that claimed to have a authority higher than that of Paul. He calls them “false apostles” (11:13; also cf. 10:7; 11:20,22). Paul tells them that they are merely looking at things from a human perspective (“flesh”)...but that his authority was of a spiritual perspective (:4-5), and that he was ready to enact discipline against them (:6). Paul says that this group says that he is all talk, that his letters sound strong, but that in person he is not what he appears to be (:1-2, 10-11). They are even critical of his personal appearance and the way he talks (:10). Paul says that these men try to make themselves appear to be important by comparing themselves to other people. However, Paul's authority comes directly from God and it is evidenced through the results of his ministry.
Prayer: Father, please help me to have authority in my life that comes only from You. Don't let me fall for the trap of comparing myself to other people...but to see myself in Your eyes and to find my authority for ministry in You. Please give me the faith to serve You in the power of Your authority and nothing more.

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