2 Corinthians 4:16b - but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
As we grow older, every day our outward man is getting and looking older.
Scripture declares it is perishing. We know this to be true because eventually, age brings gray hairs, wrinkles, aches, pains, tiredness, weariness, etc.
Sometimes in the struggles of life it looks like our outward man is constantly taking a whipping, but scripture declares that inwardly, we are getting stronger.
With age, the inward man is being renewed day by day through the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. Well, I should say that the inward man SHOULD be in the renewed process.
The renewal that is taking place inwardly in taking place in our minds. Epheisians 4:23 - And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
As the seeds of the Word of God is daily planted in our minds through our study and obedience to God's Word, we are inwardly growing spiritually in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As we grow it the word and knowledge of God's truth, the Word of God takes root in our hearts and evidence of that Word is seen in our love for God and our love for one another.
In order for us to grow spiritually, we need to first make sure that we have a spiritual life that is based on faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through a personal relationship with Him.
When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of us. 1 Corinthians 3:16- Don't you know that you body is the temple of God and the Spirit of God lives in you.
When we are saved by faith in Christ, scripture declares that we become a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Let's listen to 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come. Our old nature that wants to willfully sin is now replaced with a new nature that is under the guidance of God's Holy Spirit.
Learning how to grow spiritually is a life long journey which happens day by day as we study and apply God's Word to our lives.
Our inner man is not able to be strengthen, nor are we able to live in the will of God in and of ourselves. We need the Word of God, the Holy Spirit and prayer.
Jesus declares these profound words in John 15:1-8 - I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Struggles and pains are one of the vehicles God allows to be used in our lives to strengthen our inner man.
Even in the struggle, we can hold on to the hope of glory which is in Christ Jesus.
Oh yes, He is our hope for today, tomorrow and forever.
Scripture declares in Psalm 25:3 - No one who trusts in you will ever be ashamed, but shame comes to those who try to deceive others.
If Paul's mind had stayed focus on what was happening outwardly, he would have quit and given up even before he got started.
In the midst of an outward appearance of perishing, Paul made this profound statement in vs #17-18 of this text. Let's listen - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 - For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
At the end of his journey Paul declared these faith filled words in 2 timothy 4:7 - I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Though the outward man perishes daily, the inward man is daily being renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in all those that believe by faith that Jesus is our Great Hope, even in the struggles of life.
Yes, it may appear that you are perishing outwardly, but inwardly you are getting stronger and stronger everyday.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for daily renewing our inner man and giving us the strength need to make each day's journey on this road called life.