2 CORINTHIANS 4:8-9
8 We are hard pressed on every side… …perplexed, persecuted... struck down.
19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. [So they were not just throwing small pebbles at him and causing some bumps on his head. They were throwing boulders at him cracking his head. But look at what happened next…] 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:8-9
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
JONAH 2:10; 3:1-2
10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
1. Don’t pass the blame, accept it.
2. Forget the past, move towards the future.
1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh.
3. Accept you’re weak, and you can be strong.
1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. 2 He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. 3 You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. 4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ 5 The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:7
7 But we have this treasure in JARS OF CLAY… to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us..