Words of advice from Paul about doing the Work of the Ministry from 2 Corinthians 4 (AMP)
Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as we have received mercy [from God, granting us salvation, opportunities, and blessings], we do not get discouraged nor lose our motivation.
Renounce Hidden Things
But we have renounced the disgraceful things hidden because of shame; not walking in trickery or adulterating the word of God, but by stating the truth [openly and plainly], we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
Put God’s Glory First
But even if our gospel is [in some sense] hidden [behind a veil], it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing; among them the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from seeing the illuminating light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Stay Humble Preach Jesus
For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves [merely] as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.
Let Your Light Shine
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory and majesty of God [clearly revealed] in the face of Christ.
God’s Power is Precious
You Are in a War
We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed;
You Carry Holy Spirit
always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown in our body.
Your Body is Mortal
For we who live are constantly [experiencing the threat of] being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be evidenced in our mortal body [which is subject to death].
Your Life is Eternal
So physical death is [actively] at work in us, but [spiritual] life [is actively at work] in you.
Faith Speaks Through Our Ministry
Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had, who wrote in Scripture, “I believed, therefore I spoke.” We also believe, therefore we also speak,
Our Ministries Are Activated & On Record
knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and will present us [along] with you in His presence.
Be Thankful for Every Life You Touch
For all [these] things are for your sake, so that as [God’s remarkable, undeserved] grace reaches to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of [our great] God.
We Grow Stronger & Closer Each Day to Achieving His Purpose for our Ministry
His Glory Through Our Efforts Will Exceed Our Earthly Understanding
For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendor and an endless blessedness]!
Strive For Eternal Values Not The Temporary
So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.
You are more valuable than you can ever know and the Lord will use you to show great love and mercy, thus producing signs, wonders and miracles, following you…with overflowing amounts of goodness and mercy. Just trust and obey Him.
From ashes to beauty…
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