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2021 06 12

Good morning.

To help overcome discouragement we must:

• Relax in our limitations.

We get discouraged when we try to do more than humanly possible. We need a realistic view of what we can do. God often puts his greatest gifts in the weakest people to show that he is the One who is at work. Paul describes his own physical weakness in 2 Corinthians 4:7 when he writes: "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." We can relax and be honest about our limitations.

• Use our pain to help others.

Sometimes God lets us go through pain so that it will help others. Humans can handle an enormous amount of suffering if they believe there is a purpose in it. Paul described this from his own life in 2 Corinthians 4:8&9: "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."

He then tells us why in verse 15: All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God."

Keep going because God will use your pain.

Remember God's promise. "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Joshua 1:5)

Hang in there and have a good day.


Mike and Daphne

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