Standing for your Faith: 2 Corinthians 11 verses 23 to 28;
tells is about the Apostle Paul, and the challenges he faced preaching the Gospel. Let us take a close look at the challenging things that happened to him.
39 lashes 5 times:
Beaten with rods on 3 occasions:
Shipwrecked 3 times:
Plus a number of times imprisoned for preaching;
As well as being persecuted.
All that takes courage, commitment, and conviction, most of us will never suffer anything like that to testify and sharing The Good News.
It is an incredible testimony of Paul’s, and it speak about never giving up, on what he was called and anointed to do.
Many of us use excuses as to why we can’t do things, sometimes because our commitment wanes.
Paul is to be greatly admired, for his courage, commitment and conviction, but he is not our perfect example, Our Lord and Our Friend is. He endured the cross, because He was committed to the task He had because of His great love for us.
Our callings and our commitment, is also a calling of enduring despite of circumstances and challenges.
Joshua 1 verse 7 to 9:
V7: “Above all, be strong and courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go”.
V8: “This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night, so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do”.
v9: “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courage? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”.
Lets us all be more courageous, in our commitment and conviction, in our calling and walk with Our Lord and Our Friend.
O F J.