Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. -2 Corinthians 4:1
 
All of us at one time or another have had the experience of wanting to give up and quit. It might be related to work, or a personal/family relationship, or an issue that we have been praying about for a long time that hasn't changed in the way we'd hoped. 

Recently in the prayer room we spend a lot of time praying over 2 Corinthians 4. It's a chapter where the apostle Paul describes some of the intense pressure and persecution that he faced as he worked to spread the gospel. Paul knew what it was like to wrestle against discouragement and despair; he understood the temptation to give up! 2 Corinthians 4-5 are two power-packed chapters that are given to us to encourage us in our struggle with those same thoughts and feelings.
 
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (v.7-9)
 
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison..." (v. 16-17)
 

Paul had this divine perspective, where he understood that we have a 'surpassing power' from God that is available to us and is indeed working within us. He knew and believed that our spirit is renewed by this surpassing power and that it is the renewal of our spirit that empowers us with a divine perspective so that we do not lose heart in the midst of life's challenges

Here are a couple of quick questions for you to think about today: How is your spirit doing? Are you taking time to allow God to bring about the renewal of your spirit on a day by day basis? The primary way in which we do this is through times of quiet, prayerful reading and reflection on God's Word, where we intentionally listen to God's Spirit. 

My hope is that this summer you will carve out some extra time, not only to rest physically, but to posture yourself to allow God to bring renewal to your spirit.

Blessings,
Jim