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Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday's Message: Our Awesome Responsitbility

2 Corinthians 4:1-4

                In many areas of our lives we see cause and effect taking place on almost an everyday basis.  Tribulations normally bring heartache, blessings bring joy, and so on.  Well in 2 Corinthians 3-4 we see another cause and effect described by the Apostle Paul.  In chapter 3:6 we see that God has made us able ministers of the New Testament, which is of the Spirit and not of the law. In Chapter 4:1 Paul says, “Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.” Because we have received this ministry and the wonderful mercy of God, the effect should be that we faint not! The word faint means: Lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength; feeble or slight; lacking courage, timorous.  Our faith and ministry should be loud, on fire, bright, strong, steadfast, clear, bold, and visible to a lost and dying world, because of this one sobering thought, “Where would you and I be today without the mercy of Almighty God?”  I’m reminded of Psalm 103:10 which states, “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”  I cannot speak for anyone else on this planet, but I am so glad that God IS merciful to me; therefore, I should not faint. In addition to not fainting, the Apostle Paul brings to our attention the fact that as ministers of the grace of God we should renounce the old man, (may I remind you that we are crucified with Christ and are new men-2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20) renounce all of his evil works, and show the world a true example of Christianity.  Even though we should do our absolute best to point others to Christ with our words, our day to day actions, and our overall lifestyle, there are still some to whom the Gospel is hid.  We are reminded of our enemy, the god of this world.  He has blinded the minds of mankind, lest the light of the Gospel of Christ, who IS the image of God, should shine unto them.  Believers, you and I have an AWESOME responsibility given by our Commander and Chief.  We should live our lives and carry out our ministry with great boldness, great zeal, and steadfastness, because we have a sworn enemy who is doing everything in his power to blind the minds of men and drag them right down to hell with him.  Don’t be weary…….Don’t faint……Press ON for Him!!!

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