ENERGIZED – WEEK 1 – Click on the link to download the Bible Study!
Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 (HCSB)
In some way or another everything needs energy. In order to ride a bike, run a marathon or push a skateboard energy is needed. To pop popcorn, make coffee, or to grill a hamburger…energy is needed! Even the “Energizer” bunny needs energy!
Where do we get our energy? Well of course if we eat right, get plenty of sleep and exercise we should have plenty of energy! But is that enough? Sometimes we find ourselves looking for more. That more might be spiritual…the desire to be filled with the power of Lord!
Paul references to the church at Corinth the need to seek spiritual energy/renewal. Whether it is the beginning of the New Year, or just a period of time in our life when we seek change we are always seeking energy. See we consistently feel as if we are being destroyed but with Christ…”We are being renewed (ENERGIZED) day by day!”
There are times that we may feel HARD PRESSED…BUT NOT CRUSHED. We have difficulties, but we are not down. We tend to find ourselves PERPLEXED…BUT NOT IN DESPAIR. When we are perplexed we tend to be in a state of confusion and discouragement because of afflictions and troubles, but we are not without hope! We are not down and out; rather we are being challenged and becoming dependent on Christ.
We sometimes find ourselves PERSECUTED…BUT NOT ABANDONED. Remember that when you feel as if you are being chased and made fun of because of your faith, your Lord will never abandon you! God will never leave you alone! The lastly we tend to find ourselves STRUCK DOWN…BUT NOT DESTROYED. Think of this like WWE wrestling. Those guys get consistently get beat down, but they are not destroyed. Just like our walk with Christ. We might get struck down, we might fall on hard times, but we will not and cannot be destroyed with Christ.
So why reflect on all of this? Energy is needed! Just as we need physical energy, we as well need spiritual energy. So remember that even when you feel like you are being destroyed on the outside, know that on the inside with Christ you are being renewed!