“Therefore,…we do not get discouraged!” (2 Corinthians 4:1). How do we not get discouraged? What’s the ‘Therefore?’ We must ‘lift up our feeble hands that hang down’ and we must ‘take up’ our ‘Swords’ – of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
What’s the ‘Therefore?’ It is this: “Therefore we do not become discouraged – utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear. Though our outer man is (progressively) decay-ing and wasting away, yet our inner self is being (progressively) renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16, Amplified).
And there is more in the ‘therefore, we do not become discouraged: “For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory – …” (THIS is just a portion of the ‘therefore, we do not become discouraged!) “For our light, momentary affliction… is preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory – beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!” (2 Corinthians 4: 17, Amplified!)
And this is only ‘part’ of the ‘therefore!’ There is more reason we do not become discouraged: “Since, (we, the you, the me, the he, the she that choose to BELIEVE), Since “we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting!” (2 Corinthians 4:18, Amplified, Exclamation point, mine!)
Believers in Jesus, Who willingly, before we even turned our eyes in His direction, He laid down His life on the cross that the sins of the whole world, (that is the sin of every human being on this earth), was laid on Him. “All we like sheep have gone astray, but the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53: 6). And that ‘All’ includes ‘all’ the you’s, and the me’s and the ‘he’s and the she’s. But to those who believe-we do not become discouraged BECAUSE:
The “God who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as (to beam forth) the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God…” (2 Corinthians 4:6), and that is not all:
“We, believers in God who said, ‘Let light sine out of darkness, which shines in our hearts so as to beam forth the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God ‘as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed in the face of Jesus Christ the Messiah!’ (2 Corinthians 4:6, Amplified, Exclamation point, MINE!)
We do not become discouraged because we are focused on His face which is full of love and grace. And Our Good Shepherd is with us as we even must ‘walk in the valley of the shadow of death.’
No! We believers will not become discouraged: “For we know that if the tent which is our earthly home is destroyed (dissolved), we have from God a building, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 4:5:1). Right now, we live in ‘tents’, in heaven our houses are mansions, Jesus said Himself! (Johne 14:1).
So, today “We are hedged in (pressed) on every side – troubled and oppressed in every way; but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;…”
” We are (persecuted and hard driven,) pursued, but not deserted- to stand alone; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed…”
“Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered,…”
“So that the (resurrection) life if Jesus also may be evidenced through our flesh which is liable to death.”( 2 Corinthians 4:8-11, Amplified.)
This is why we don’t become discouraged, even if God might have us walk through the valley of the shadow of death. “Now He Who fashioned us for this very thing is God, Who also has given us the (Holy) Spirit as a guarantee!” This is the Word of the Lord in 2 Corinthians 5:5!
“So then, we are always full of good and hopeful and confident courage…”(2 Corinthians 5:6), because we are staying focused on our Jesus and His powerful, amazing, life changing, flowing , and living Word! ( Amplification mine!)
Shall we, who choose to believe, even if just right now, say “Amen!”
We will not become discouraged because Jesus loves us and is with us – always and forever…
” Therefore whether we are at home ( on earth away from Him), or away from home(and with Him), we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be well pleasing to Him!” (2 Corinthians 5:9, Amplified, exclamation point, MiNE!)