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2 Corinthians 4 ~ Surpassing Power

on October 15, 2012

Surpassing (ser-pas-ing) adjective  

  1. of a large amount or high degree; exceeding, excelling, or extraordinary

The power to continue on in a truth-centered, gospel-saturated, integrity-driven ministry belongs to God.

If we lose heart, it may be a sign we are relying on our own strength and seeking man-made results.  Only the “surpassing power that belongs to God” is able to shine light in darkness and unveil minds that have been blinded by the god of this world–the devil.

Notice that the text says, “Blinded minds to keep them from seeing…”  Paul doesn’t write “blinded eyes,” but minds.  Faith is not seeing; it’s believing.  At the same time, the gospel engages the mind.  It is not a weak-minded crutch as some are presupossed to thinking.

This surpassing power of God is power that exceeds and is greater than darkness, death, trials and tragedies.  In my own strength I cannot handle being afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, struck down and self-sacrificing.  BUT when I focus on God’s surpassing power I can live a life in the midst of those circumstances knowing I will not be crushed by affliction, not driven to despair, not forsaken, not destroyed.  That’s true whether ministry is teaching, missions, etc…or marriage and parenting.

Why is Paul willing to suffer, to continue on in ministry even when it is difficult, discouraging and even dangerous?

  1. He has a heart to see grace reaching more and more people.
  2. He wants to see gratitude and thanksgiving over grace increase in transformed lives.
  3. He is all about God receiving glory!

How does Paul face discouragement and weariness?

  1. Renewing on the inside–heart and mind–day by day.
  2. Places hope in incomparable future glory.
  3. Fixes his eyes on eternity instead of transient.

Lord, help me to always press on in ministry in your strength that exceeds all my circumstances.  Give me a continued desire to renew my heart and mind daily so that I do not lose heart.  Let me recognize always that the results of ministry are in Your hands alone.  Keep me faithful no matter the results.  In Jesus’ powerful name I ask, amen.

 

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