We are hard pressed, on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed-Always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NKJV
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. What treasure?
The Gospel is the treasure. It is carried about by the people of God. We are the body of Christ. The glorious God of creation lives in us and through us today!
We hear so often how important it is to surrender our hearts and lives to Jesus Christ. Why is it so important? So God can accomplish His purpose in us and through us!
When the Lord revealed Himself to Paul God sent Ananias to pray for him. God told Ananias, He (Paul) is a chosen vessel of Mine. I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.
Paul did suffer greatly for the Name of Christ. We all know that. I do not think any of us can explain exactly why he had to suffer so much. Peter’s suffering was shorter and less painful. John lived a long full life. So why did Paul have to suffer so much for his faith?
It does not matter why Paul had to suffer so much for the Gospel. What matters is how Paul suffered for the cause of Christ.
Paul suffered trials troubles and tribulations. Paul was not crushed beneath the weight of them. He was confused by them but never gave up hope. Paul was persecuted by men but never abandoned by God. He was beaten and left for dead but God sustained him!
Paul carried about the death of Jesus everywhere he went so the resurrected Christ could be manifested in him and through him everywhere he went!
Paul never did anything in his own strength or power. Almighty God lived in and through Paul to will and to do of His good pleasure!
You may be hard pressed on every side by trials troubles and tribulations today. You might be confused by them. But you do not have to be crushed by the weight of hardship. Do not give up hope. God has not abandoned you. Jesus will sustain you!
God lives in you and through you to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is His good pleasure to use you for His glory. It is God’s good pleasure to love you!
Do not give up, do not give out and do not ever give in. Surrender your heart and life to Jesus Christ so the Lord can use you to bring other people into the Body of Christ!
You are a chosen vessel of Jesus Christ. God can and will accomplish His purpose for your life. The Lord can use you for His glory and honor today!
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