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Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 1:1-17.

God's Word Sustains

It’s that time of year when routines fall back into place. We’re back to school. We’re back to sports. And best of all, we’re back to studies — Bible studies!

Team 365 kicks off a new Bible study today on First Corinthians. Paul wrote this letter over two thousand years ago, yet the issues he faced then are still just as real today.

As I’ve prepared for this study, I’ve noticed the theme of unity is a key focus throughout Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. His letter is a response to a report that’s brought to him about the church. There are quarrels among them. Factions of people. And a pervading sense of disunity.

Can anybody relate?

One of the most painful seasons in my life came as a result of a serious division in my home church. It happened years ago, but I still remember it like yesterday. The sides were at a standstill. Neither wanted to budge. Each side just wanted the other side to leave. And the rift widened as individuals banded together only with those who agreed with them.

Few things can damage a church body more than disunity. Which is why we need to remember who the real enemy is. We’re not fighting against flesh and blood. There’s a real enemy of our souls, and he doesn’t fight fair.

But our God is greater.

I watched — and prayed — as God used this painful season to refine His people. I witnessed how Light penetrates darkness. How Truth bears testimony to reality.

The one thing that sustained me through this season was God’ Word. I clung to His words each day. I needed God’s truth more than ever. And God revealed Himself in ways I never could have imagined.

This difficult season showed me the need for unity among God’s people combined with the purity of the Gospel. But more than anything, it taught me how God’s Word can sustain us through any season of change.

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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