Believing in the Lord and speaking for him.

“It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 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. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:13-18).

“I believed, therefore I spoke”: Here, Paul is quoting the words of Psalm 116:10 (New King James Version). He is making the point that, when faith in the Lord is real, it will lead to speaking for the Lord. Why do we believe in the Lord? It’s because God “raised the Lord Jesus from the dead” (v. 14). Why do we speak for the Lord? We’re praying that grace will spread to many people and will cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God” (v. 15). How does believing in the Lord help us? It lifts up our eyes to the glorious future that the Lord is preparing for us: “God will raise us up with Jesus” (v. 14). When we lift up our eyes to “the things that are unseen and eternal” (v. 18), our faith grows strong. In our hard times, the Lord helps us to see that he is leading us beyond our temporary suffering to his eternal glory” (vs.16-17). Lord, give us strength, to believe in you and to speak for you.

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