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OVERCOMING DEFEAT

December 15, 2015

Tuesday

 

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 

 

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul pointed out four specific ways in which the weakness of his earthen vessel contrasted with God’s power. He may have been thinking of himself as a gladiator or a soldier, in view of what he wrote. He had been on the ropes but not trapped in a corner. He was without proper provision but not completely without resources. He was a hunted man but “not” totally “forsaken.” Finally, he felt “beaten down “but “not destroyed.”

In these respects his life, representing all believers who herald the gospel, was very like our Lord’s. Paul’s numerous escapes from defeat and death were signs of Christ’s power at work in him. To be at the end of man’s resources is not to be at the end of God’s resources; on the contrary, it is to be precisely in the position best suited to prove and benefit from them, and to experience the surplus of the power of God breaking through and resolving the human dilemma.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 8:28

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