2 Corinthians 4:1-18
This is one of the effects of being entrusted with such a ministry. The word used (ekkakoumen) means, to turn out a coward; to lose one’s courage; more then to be faint-hearted, to faint in view of trial or difficulty.
Here it means, that by the mercy of God he was not discouraged by the difficulties he faced; his faith and zeal did not waver; he was enabled to be faithful, his courage always kept up, and his mind was filled with joy.
He was held back by no difficulties; embarrassed by no opposition; driven from his purpose by no persecution; and his strength did not fail him. The thought of being entrusted with such a ministry excited him; and the mercy and grace of God sustained him.
There are several promises God has given to the faint-hearted, or those that lack courage. Somehow we have been taught that it is a terrible sin not to have a lot of courage, courage is not taught, but developed.
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
There are at least seven areas in which God requires of us to have courage and not to faint:
I. FAINT NOT IN PRAYER!
Don’t faint in prayer, and don’t give up. Have courage and come boldly to the throne of grace.
Luke 18: 1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
II. FAINT NOT IN PERSEVERENCE!
In other words, have confidence in God and have courage to persevere.
Verse 1, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;”
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!