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What should we do when we are motivated to serve God and others, but the hindrances and roadblocks are wearing us down?
2 Corinthians Ch. 4 Don’t lose heart when ministry involves struggles.
v.1-2 Because God has mercifully entrusted to us a great ministry, we neither lose heart nor do we damage that ministry with shame or deceit.
v.3-4 Satan works against the ministry of Christ’s gospel, and he uses various devices to hinder the knowledge of it in the minds of unbelievers.
v.5-6 Our purpose is to preach Christ, not ourselves; God has given us knowledge of Him that we may pass it along to others.
v.7 This treasure of knowledge has been entrusted to us as vessels who have imperfect knowledge and a vulnerability to death, that the power of God in us may be made obvious.
v.8-9 God sustains us through the trouble that comes with preaching His Son, so that we are not crushed, not in despair, not forsaken, and not destroyed.
Application: God is our hope, our comfort, and our sustainer.
v.10-12 We share in sufferings as Christ did, so that people may share in eternal life.
Application: Suffering for Christ goes hand in hand with proclaiming Him, for we bring a message of light into a dark world.
v.13-14 We can’t lose, because even if we are killed for speaking what we believe, we know that God will raise us up to be with Jesus.
v.15 Everything we do is for the people who will receive God’s grace, and for God who will receive their thanks.
v.16-18 We do not lose heart for three more very good reasons: God is daily renewing our inward man, our light affliction is only the cost of a greater usefulness to God, and we keep our focus on unseen things that last for eternity.
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