2 Corinthians 2:1 How to Conquer Depression

2 Corinthians 2:1 (KJV)
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

The apostle often gave reference to his personal disciplines:

  • He counted gain loss that he might win Christ
  • He pressed toward the mark
  • He kept under his body to bring it into subjection

Here he said he “determined with (himself).”

Paul told us that the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. In other words, none of us have to be driven by:

  • Our emotions,
  • Our temptations or
  • Our lusts

As believers God has given us the power necessary, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, to conquer and put into subjection those things. We can determine to be in charge of them.

I would suggest that in order to do so a few things have to be in order:
We have to determine ahead of time.
To wait until the moment of crisis to choose is to choose crisis.

He have to count the flesh dead
That just means we accept that it has no power except what we give it.

We need to be surrendered to the Holy Spirit
He is, after all, the One with the power.

We need to be immersed in the Bible.
Which is the key to cleansing our way and finding that Christ satisfies.

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2 Corinthians 1:9-10 Saved Forever

2 Corinthians 1:9-10 (KJV)
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

The passage is speaking of some very dangerous situation Paul had been through. It was a situation obviously known by the Corinthians but lost now to us. It was a dangerous enough situation that Paul says God delivered him from it

Paul uses the experience to teach the believers that they can trust God

I do not believe viewing this as a picture of eternal salvation does any damage to the text. Surely the phrase “so great a death” brings to mind the ultimate death, which is eternity separated from God in hell. The salvation wrought by Christ delivers us from the most hopeless situation. We could never save ourselves. This deliverance is so complete that it may fairly be said:

We are delivered
It is a finished work. It is finalized and can never be taken from us.

We are constantly being delivered
The world, the flesh and the devil long to rip us from the hands of the Lord. Daily we are tempted so that, if it were possible, we surely know that we would lose our salvation.

We will be finally delivered
He is able to keep that which He has promised. In the day of Christ, when everything is said and done, we who know Christ will know full and absolute deliverance in eternal glory.

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2 Corinthians 9:4 Be An Example

2 Corinthians 9:4 (KJV)
Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.

None of us like to be judged. Especially is this true when we are being judged concerning what someone else has said of us.

Consider this scene:
Paul has boasted, in his travels, of the generosity of the Christians in the church at Corinth. Paul was so confident that they would give significantly for the relief of the believers in Jerusalem that he had used them to provoke others to do the same.

Now he is making reading to go to Corinth and take up this collection and the thought comes to him, “What if some of those who have heard my boasts come along with me? What if Corinth isn’t as prepared for this offering as I have boasted?

He chooses to send representatives ahead to give Corinth time to be ready lest, Paul says, he “be ashamed.” He specifically placed the shame upon himself and not Corinth should that be the case. He would be his shame, not that he boasted, but that he had not adequately prepared them.

I can hear someone in Corinth saying”

  • Who says we have to make Paul look good?
  • Who cares if others think less of us than Paul boasted?
  • Who says we have to be generous just because Paul has bragged we are generous?

Fact is, none of us care to be held to higher expectations. We don’t like the pressure of others looking at us as examples. We certainly don’t want to be judged for what someone we did not know was looking sees in us.

I think this is the point of the passage. We may not care for it but it is a fact. It is a fact that the Bible acknowledges and instructs us here to bow to.

  • Be an example.
  • Be prepared to be an example and
  • Don’t begrudge being made an example

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