2 Corinthians 4:7-9

Perhaps Afflicted, but Never Destroyed

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2 Corinthians 4:7-9 but we have this treasure in earthen vessels so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves for we are afflicted in every way but not crushed perplexed but not despairing persecuted but not forsaken struck down but not destroyed every one of us go through difficult circumstances adversity, persecution things that just don’t work out disappointments sometimes failures sometimes happens to every one of us but Paul says here even though these things happen we’re not destroyed we can be persecuted but we’re not crushed we’re not devastated the reason that is you don’t get to choose the circumstances of your life but you do get to choose your response to the circumstances there was something that God spoke to me many years ago and He said how you respond to the people and circumstances of your life today either qualifies or disqualifies you for what I had in mind for you tomorrow and I realized that we’re always in a sowing and reaping continuum how I respond today may be fruit in response to a circumstance that’s taking place today but it’s also seed that sets me up for the future so what kind of seed do you want to sow into your future? and God showed me we have an opportunity to respond positively to respond in the spirit to hear from God one man said you can cancel my flight he said to the reservation lady at the airport you can cancel my flight but you can’t cancel my day he was just voicing the idea I can be persecuted but not crushed these things that Paul just told us I can be afflicted but not crushed perplexed but not despairing why? because I know that God will use every circumstance for good God is not the author of every circumstance no, there are terrible things that the devil perpetrates to destroy people’s lives but God is the master of every circumstance just a few days ago a friend of mine who was from another country called me up and he said please pray for my sister she’s got encephalitis she’s right now in the hospital and it’s threatening to take her life I need to fly home to be with her right away this is not a good circumstance not something anybody would wish upon a family member and so he flew to his home country and I got a text from him or a message just a couple days later, he said my sister’s doing better but not only that I had a chance to pray and have 12 people in my family and the families of other people in the ICU in the hospital where my sister is receive salvation by the blood of Yeshua he said I got the opportunity to pray with 12 different people and he said there were several of my family members that my wife and I have been praying for for years that came to know the Lord gave their life to the Lord at this particular time so God used the circumstance for good even though the devil meant to try to kill and destroy the life of my friend’s sister in every circumstance God has a plan and the devil has a plan and you either align yourself with Satan’s plan or you align yourself with God’s plan that’s your choice my friend didn’t have a choice whether his sister got encephalitis or not he had a choice how he would respond to that so he flew to the country where she was went to the hospital prayed for her and released and activated the healing that had already been bought and purchased for her by the blood of Yeshua on the tree he prayed for her to release that and then while he was there he thought I’ll take opportunity to share about what Yeshua has done that sins can be forgiven and that people can have eternal life so he began to share that with other families in the ICU and last time I talked to him 12 people had received the Lord and probably more than that by now that’s a powerful powerful principle that Paul is teaching us here that we get to choose how to respond to the circumstances of life I’ve said many times life is like an election God will always vote for you the devil will always vote against you and how you vote, sways the election so I encourage you vote with God find out what God is saying again we need to walk everyday in spirit and truth the truth is the sister was sick the Doctors said she could die but the spirit part of it was no, Jesus Yeshua the Messiah has already died for her and he’s already released healing I’m going to fly there pray that over her and release the healing that was already purchased for her and in the meanwhile bring a dozen more of my family members and others into the kingdom of God while I’m there what is God saying to you today what circumstance is there that may be not particularly good or not particularly pleasant and you look at it and you might say like Paul said I’ve been afflicted but not crushed perplexed but not despairing persecuted but not forsaken struck down but never destroyed no, I can be knocked down but not knocked out I’ll get back up and continue on with what God has called me to do so what circumstance has God called you to respond to today? there may be one that you don’t yet know about that will come that might be a difficult circumstance God has called you to walk through it with knowing him being in relationship with him receiving his promises walking in spirit and truth so I encourage you today as you go through your life grab hold of that know that you might be affilcted but never destroyed impart that to other people and as you go though your life today love God with all your heart bless people around you you will make a difference

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