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Reaping When We Faint Not (2 Corinthians 4:1-5)Jeff Welshan, June 10, 2015
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Wednesday service
The devil wants us to stay busy with worldly things. If you have a job, you are away most of your time away from the most precious gifts that God has given. The news of today contains wars and battles against each other, mostly religious wars. Not only do we see the news, but also find ourselves fighting with ourselves, laziness. We were all promised victory through Jesus Christ. The devil will use all kinds of things to try to bring you down and get your mind off of God. The devil will use the smallest things like a cell phone to divert your path and thoughts. VBS is something that one can't go into without prayer. We can not be pushed down by the devil. Galatians 6:9 In 2012, 48% are protestants, 53% in 2007 and in 1970, 66%. The rest claimed no religious affiliation. In 2012 we had no christian presidential background and no supreme court judge. There will be a great falling away. So what are Christians to do? Are you going to just take getting beat up by the devil. Do you have friends that don't care about church or religion at all? How much is a soul worth? If you're saved, are you glad that someone told you about God? Knowledge is just facts, wisdom is taking the facts and using them. There should be a concern towards the lost and backslid. Don't let the ones that don't participate to hold you back in working for God. Jesus paved the path through His life on earth. Christ was tempted just as much if not more than we are. Jesus was mocked while He was on the cross but He was able to see past the cross to see the will of His father. There are multiple ways to reach the lost and backslid but there is ONLY one way to Christ. We are to live our testimony in front of others at all times. Protect it because it's very, very special. Are you a pessimist or an optimist? It's very easy for us a Christians to become a pessimist because of the ugliness that the devil will show you. Is your pew half empty or half full? Once you're saved you can't just sit down and rest. Back before Jesus the sacrifices of the animals only covered the sins. When Jesus gave His life, He washed the sins away.
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2 Corinthians 4:1-5
1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. (KJV)