Don’t Faint

 Scripture:  II Corinthians chapter 4

Aren’t you thankful for that time you heard the Gospel and it pricked your heart and you became a child of God?  Before that we were among those blinded by Satan and we were lost.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this

world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the

glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

II Cor. 4:3-5

THINK ABOUT THIS:

Because of God’s grace and mercy we became His child.  Praise the Lord!

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined

in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory

of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

II Cor. 4:6

 Now we have a ministry to reach out to others and share the same truth. It’s not always easy to keep going, to keep serving and yet how can we not?  II Corinthians, chapter 4 has a lot of encouragement for us.

It starts out:

V. 1 – Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not. (God showed mercy on us, we can’t faint—we must press on to lead others to God’s truth and mercy).

This chapter also points out a very important principle in several verses.  Our ministry is never to be about ourselves but God.

V.5 – Says “we preach not ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord.”

V.7 – “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of ourselves.”

V. 10 – “…That the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”

V. 15– “That the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”

REMEMBER THIS:

As we come down to the last 3 verses of this chapter it reminds us that no matter what we go through OUR MINISTERING WILL BE WORTH IT ALL.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a  

far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things

which are seen; but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are

seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

II Cor. 4:16-18 

It’s a simple conclusion for us to follow:

DON’T FAINT

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