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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

TROUBLED BUT NOT DEFEATED


 

Today’s Reading:

2 Corinthians 4: 8-10

“Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” (v. 9)

 


The above-mentioned passage refers to Paul and his co-workers who preached the gospel. They suffered enormously in the process, but God kept them from being wiped out. They did not quit because they knew that even if they die, they will be resurrected as Christ was. Then they will spend eternity with Him in a glory that will far outweigh and outlast the comparatively high weight and momentary suffering of this life.


It is not an easy life being a Christian. Jesus, Himself had warned anyone that would follow Him about this (John 16:33). When we follow Jesus, there is bound to be suffering, trouble, distress, and perplexity. Again, the way of challenges is the way God has chosen to make His children strong and to teach them to war. God is a man of war. Sometimes we may think God has forgotten us. He has not forgotten us, if we hold on to Him, we will see His power at work, in our lives.


Do not give up!


Let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.- Gal 6:9. Pressure will not defeat us. Confusion will not discourage us. When we are confused, Jesus is not confused. When we are at our wit’s end, God is just getting started. Often, He does His best work when we have given up completely.


BABALOLA IKOTUN


 

Prayer:

  1. Father, help me learn to patiently endure the hard times and honour you in the midst of men, as I walk by faith, in Jesus Name.

  2. Lord, let your strength and comfort rest on me during uncertain and difficult times of my life, in Jesus Name.

  3. Lord, give me strength and power to finish well in my walk with Christ, in Jesus Name.

  4. Father Lord, break every unbroken area of Your Church and revive your work, in Jesus name.

  5. Our Father and God! work in and walk through the length and breadth of our nation, Nigeria, and re-write the history of Nigeria, in Jesus name.

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