April 04, 2018: SOAP #3044: Judges 19-21; 2Corinthians 4 Scripture:  2Corinthians (NIV) 4:8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of […]

April 04, 2018: SOAP #3044: Judges 19-21; 2Corinthians 4

Scripture:  2Corinthians (NIV) 4:8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

Observation:    Pressures from the outside try to crush us.   Issues we do not understand can make us lose hope.   Persecution can make us feel abandoned.   Being criticized, we feel like giving up.    But Paul was not crushed, not in despair, not abandoned, and not destroyed!  Why?   Because he had the life of Jesus INSIDE!   And as these things happened to him, as the outside of his body seemed to be broken, the inside became visible; what spilled out of the broken vessel was the life of Jesus!

Application:    What flows out of me when the outside is broken?   Feelings of despair or hope?   Do I feel like I am all alone, or can I still rejoice because the life of Jesus is in me?   When my body, or my emotions, are broken, what do people see?   Do they see anger and revenge or love and forgiveness?

Prayer:      Jesus, when the outside of me is broken, I want you to be seen.   May your sweet spirit shine through any pain.   May your eternal promises carry me through failure.   May your praise be continually in my mouth.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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