1 Corinthians 4:16 says Therefore we do not lose heart
Psalm 116 is a great song of the confidence that comes in the Lord. Verse 10 says I believed … therefore (or even when) I was greatly afflicted
Believed what? IN Psalm 116
v4 – O Lord Save me (I called on the name of the Lord)
v5 – The Lord is Gracious
v8 – you have delivered my soul from death
v9 – I will walk before the Lord in the Land of the Living
So then back to 1 Corinthians 4:14 Because we know that the one (The Holy Spirit) who raised the Lord Jesus … will also raise us. So v16 Therefore, we don’t lose heart
I lose heart when my heart is set on withering things. The grass withers, the flowers fade. The Carpet tatters, light fixtures burn out, paint peels, pianos go out of tune, and we lose heart if our heart is set on those things. Things like worship styles, service orders shouldn’t make us lose heart. When it comes to serving in the church, workers come and go, servants aren’t always there, but where is your heart? It is on the ONE who raise Jesus?
Oh but the God who said “Let there be …” he can recreate my circumstance.
I have a treasure in jars of clay … will I fret about the jar or joy in the treasure?
If my heart is set on things above … then if I am hard pressed (v9) … I’m fine … my jar may get cracked, but my treasure isn’t destroyed. I may be perplexed about today, but tomorrow is certain, so I am not in despair. I may be persecuted but I don’t care about their opinion if I am listening for Heaven’s “well done.” I am not abandoned though I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death, he is WITH me. I may be struck down, i might be killed for that matter, but I am not destroyed in this land of the dying, I am going to the Land of the Living.
Therefore, we do not lose heart though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day
v17 for light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all
v18 fix our eyes not on seen but unseen
I am not ignoring my problems, but I am also not focused on them either
I used to sing a song
Don’t lose heart, Don’t lose heart, God will take you to the other side, don’t lose heart