“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”
Paul is talking about something he’s well aware of in this passage. He says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not ourselves.” He’s talking about the afflictions, perplexities, persecutions and all the other things that the world throws at us to strike us down. Sometimes the world gets you in the corner and just starts to body punch you. It feels like you are at your end but you can’t escape. The good news is that no matter what it is that you’re going through today, although it looks and feels really bad to you, God’s plan is being carried out in your life.
It’s hard to see when we’re in the middle of it but that’s why Paul told us not to lose heart! God can use, and does, every situation that comes into our lives in a positive way. In Romans it says that God can cause all things to work together for good, and that’s good news. But how does He do it?
In our main scripture for today, the word decaying means to lose one’s strength and vigor, where the word renewed means to regain one’s strength and vigor. The world continues to break down our outer body and tries to kill us. That’s the plan, to steal kill and destroy us. But when these things happen and our strength and vigor starts to drain us and we feel like we can’t make it, God’s grace falls upon us. His strength rises up within us. His power takes over and brings us through. So whenever the enemy tries to destroy us, He’s actually causing God’s strength to increase within us. Hallelujah!! Every time the world comes against us, God causes growth inside of us. So the more that the outer vessel is destroyed, the more Jesus grows inside of us, and again I say, “Hallelujah!!”
So no matter what it is that you’re facing today, put your hands up in surrender and praise the Lord for it! Thank Him that you are victorious and that the Devil is defeated! Thank Him for His grace and mercy. Thank Him for His strength rising up in you! You are more than a conqueror in Christ and you can do all things through Him! So bring it on Devil! The more you work to destroy me, the more I’ll rise back up! That’s the good news today so stand up, don’t give in, and above all else, never lose heart! Amen!