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“Castdown, But Not Crushed”

Key Verse

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9).

Text — 2 Corinthians 4:8-18

Message

Looking at the experiences people go through, including ours, we can say that life is not a bed of roses. However, Vince Lombardi said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” In our text, Paul also described the sufferings he and his co-workers went through during their outreaches.  Indeed, they had it tough, but he affirmed that, through it all, they were not “crushed.” The remedy for them, however, was firstly, their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13).  Secondly, their hope that there would be great eternal rewards awaiting anyone who would continuously “look unto Jesus,” no matter the situation.

Today, Christian youths also have their share of challenges such as persecution, bereavement, sickness, and academic failure. Sometimes, these challenges come from school, place of work, and family members. All these make one to feel cast down but nevertheless, our confidence  should be in God’s promise that He will not leave us nor forsake us.

Quote

Our anchor holds in the storms of life.

Challenge

No matter what you are going through, God is in control.

Prayer for today

Heavenly Father, help me to have faith to overcome challenges.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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