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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
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  • #But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. II Cor 9:6,7

    Be it tithing or grace giving we have been given the principle for giving. God calls giving sowing and reaping. Therefore the more we sow the more we reap. God wants us to give joyfully and not out of necessity. For the Lord loves a cheerful giver. So just laugh out loud when you give for this pleases the Lord very much.

  • #Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord but also in the sight of men. And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellow helper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches and the glory of Christ. Wherefore shew ye them and before the churches, the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf. II Cor. 8:20-24

    Paul was thankful for the abundance in the Corinthian churches and admonished the brethren to provide honest things in the sight of the Lord as well also in the sight of men. Titus was sent along with our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things and much more diligent, upon which I have in you. Titus was a fellow helper concerning you if the brethren enquired of and they are the messengers of the churches to the glory of Christ. What a joy to be a messenger of the Lord and on fire for Jesus Christ to the glory of God. So Paul wanted the churches to show the proof of their love, so they could understand our boasting on your behalf.

  • #For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. II Cor 8:9 

    Jesus left the ivory palaces in glory to give us the greatest redemption story. He stepped into time and became a man so that he could go to the Cross to pay our sin debt. By so doing he became sin for us, so that we could become the righteousness of Christ to God. We became rich while he became poor for our sakes. O praise God for sending his only begotten Son into the world to redeem mankind from sin and win us to God forever.

  • #Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus because his spirit was refreshed by you all. For if I have boasted anything to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so, our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth. II Cor. 7:13,14

    Paul is comforted greatly of Titus that he boasted in the truth about him and his spirit was refreshed by you all. Jesus is the truth and everything we do must be of the truth. For the liar will not tarry in the sight of God. Titus was like a son in the gospel to Paul and he knew of all the trials that the church in Corinth was going through and the obedience that they had done to the teaching of the apostle Paul. We can learn a lot from this church on how they confronted conflict with other believers, especially to the point of going the court against other Christians, which Paul warned them not to do. As Christians, our yay must be yay and our nay must be nay. That is what our Lord told us on the Sermon on the Mount and we must be obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that if you are struggling with this passage to ask the Lord to clear your heart to receive the truth of the gospel so that you may obey all of the teachings.

  • #For, behold this selfsame thing that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea what indignation, yea what fear, yea what vehement desire, yea what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things, ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you. II Cor. 7:11,12

    Paul had written to the church in Corinth about a brother who had taken his father's wife and there was great sorrow in the church about this deed. So it is godly sorrow that leads to repentance unto salvation and so there was a rebuke of the brother who had done this thing. Therefore, it was this reason that Paul wrote so that everyone would see the care for your insight of God, would appear unto all. The believers were approved to be clear before God in this matter and they ultimately forgave the brother lest Satan would take advantage of them through unforgiveness.

  • #For, when we have come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were feared. Nevertheless, God that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. II Cor. 7:5-7

    Paul had come into Macedonia and had no rest for his flesh, he was troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were feared. Yet God who comforts the cast down comforted the Church with the coming of Titus; How thankful I am to God for the coming of Bessie Prickett, who has given me great consolation in Christ and I pray for her missionary journey in Cairo, Egypt that the Lord will bless her on her contract. Just as Titus comforted Paul and the Church when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. For, God is the God of all comfort and he comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort others who are going through trials. Let us continue to fight the good fight, keep the faith, and finish the race. For there is a crown of righteousness waiting in heaven for all those who love the appearing of Jesus Christ.

  • #Having, therefore, these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. I speak this not to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you. Great is my boldness of speech, toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. II Cor. 7:1-4

    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day everyone, as we continue our study let us put away all the filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Just as Paul had wronged no man, we too have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. This is the secret to all of this, the joy of the Lord is our strength and you are in our hearts to die and live with you. Therefore I am filled with great boldness of speech toward you and I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but that we would obtain salvation. So no matter what you are suffering this day, be it the separation from a loved one, we can rejoice in the Lord always, cause God is the source of our joy. and salvation my Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • #Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. II Cor. 6:17,18

    We must live a holy life by being separate from the unbelievers of this world. We must be in the world without being apart of this worldly system. Touch not the unclean thing but keep your eyes on Jesus Christ and God our Father will receive us as sons and daughters. We can say Abba Father which is Daddy in Aramaic.

  • #O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye is the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them and I will be their God and they shall be my people. II Cor. 6:11-16

    Paul is telling the Corinthians to watch how they walk, for our mouth is open unto you and our heart is enlarged. This passage is quoted many times in regards to marriage: be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? We must be consistent in our lives as Christians, for we can not say one thing and do another. Have godly relationships and that will glorify God in your life. For, God has no fellowship with unrighteousness and there is no communion with light and darkness. For God is light and there is no darkness in him. If we walk in the light as he is in the light we will have fellowship one with another.

  • #Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers and yet true; As unknown and yet well known; as dying and behold we live; as chastened and not killed; As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing and yet possessing all things. II Cor. 6:3-10

    Paul is listing the trials and affliction of the minister of the Lord Jesus Christ and I witnessed this in my father's ministry, as well as mine. It is a noble calling to serve the Lord and the body of Christ. Ministers are always misunderstood for the many things that they do and one has to experience it in order to appreciate it. James admonished to be not many teachers for we will come under great judgment. So desire the gift of prophecy, but know that it is a great responsibility to the body of Christ.

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