Jimmy has been under the weather, so here’s me (Andrew) inviting you to join ranks with fellow soldiers of the Gospel to pray for our community, our comrades and their families. We fight against an enemy that is not flesh and blood, as we have been trained to fight, but is spiritual. We are looking at 2 Corinthians chapter 4 as an anchor for our prayers this week. What is this “ministry” we have “by the mercy of God” (v. 1)? We declare the Gospel, which is veiled to the lost, but Christ can remove the veil (3: 4-18). Our enemy is the spirit of this world who does everything in his power to hold our comrades bound and veiled, like detainees with burlap sacks tied over their heads. But “The Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”! (3: 17)
This is the note from Jimmy, with some questions to consider:
I (Jimmy) will keep this short because I am sick and need to pray and go to bed. So I may not see you guys on Thursday this week.
I have picked 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
The Light of the Gospel
4 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Here are a few things to think about
1) To appreciate Paul’s transparency and view of service
2) To understand why some people are so blinded to the obvious
3) To gain insight into why God allows His children to suffer
4) To glean Paul’s secret for not “losing heart” (getting discouraged)
Trust in God!
Isaiah 41:10 “… fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Have a Great Day!
Padre Andrew Whitman, CD