This is not how I thought my life would work out!!!
Have you ever had those thoughts. Your life has ended up in a place you never thought you would be. Like a detour or dead end and a road trip, this is not the route you planned.
Maybe today your marriage isn’t what you dreamed on your wedding day. Or perhaps that little baby you brought home from the hospital has now broken your heart as they are older. Or maybe your Christian life is not as fulfilling as it was when you first trusted Christ – you should be growing but you feel like you are defeated.
Christians can be discouraged because life doesn’t advance as expect. Even the Apostle Paul discovered that plans change. But God is still in control and will fulfill His desires in our life and in the world. God wants to use every Christian in a greater capacity that we could ever imagine. If your plans fail, God’s will not. We need to hang on to His promises…
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, tho them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. – Romans 8:37
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unlovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 15:58
One of those promises that is often overlooked is 2 Corinthians 2:14…
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and taketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place.
This Sunday, February 10, I conclude a 4-part sermon series called “Motivation for Ministry” from 2 Corinthians 1-2. This week I will use as my Scripture 2 Corinthians 2:12-18. One of my inner motivations for serving Jesus and my church is that whatever I do for God matters. That’s a promise that isn’t guaranteed for my other endeavors. God makes my efforts victorious, even if I feel defeated. You will be reminded of this promise from the sermon this week. My sermon is called “Conquering Conviction“.
Paul’s plan to visit Corinth was interrupted. In addition, he abandoned a successful ministry in Troas because he was stressed out about what was going on in Corinth. But in spite of Paul’s feelings, God had it all under control and brought about a victory. God always brings victory in every place.
This isn’t some kind of spin that tries to see something positive in every negative event. This is a promise of God. You will be encouraged this Sunday through God’s Word in your ministry for Jesus.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.