We are hard pressed on all sides, but we are never frustrated, we are puzzled, but never in despair. We are persecuted, but are never deserted: we may be knocked down but we are never knocked out. Every day we experience something of the death of Jesus, so that we may show the power of the life of Jesus in these bodies of ours.2 Corinthians 4:8–10 (Phillips)
How many of us can relate to the words of the Apostle Paul? During this pandemic it is easy to feel frustrated, to be puzzled as to why this is happening, to be in despair when there seems no end. Maybe we even feel deserted.
But to feel “down but not out,” or as Paul says: “cast down, but not destroyed” is to gain the victory thru Christ—“that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7.
Paul is an awesome example.
He was a tenacious fighter for the gospel! Down yes—but never out! He entered the proverbial 1st century boxing ring after an amazing conversion on the road to Damascus. Paul was on the canvas a few times—literally and figuratively, but he was never down and out! He went the maximum 12 rounds and then some.
At Lystra he was stoned, given up for dead and dragged out of the city. When the disciples gathered around, he got up and went back into the city! That’s courage!
What would be Paul’s advice to us today?
- Don’t give up! Press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus—Philippians 3:14.
- Know where true strength comes from! Do all things through Christ who strengthens you—Philippians 4:13.
There will be times when we are down—that’s life. Like Paul, let’s go the distance! His words:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith! Finally there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge will give me on that day, and not only me but to all who have loved his appearing.2 Timothy 4:7.8
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