Battling the Blahs - Part 3

More Than You Can Bear



2 Corinthians 1:3-11

  • Times such as these (v.3-8)

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and

the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those

in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the

sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort

overflows. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted,

it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we

suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our

sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 8 We do not want you to be uninformed,

brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great

pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.

I. Games people play

A. The _______________________ game

B. The _______________________ game

C. The _______________________ game

II. The answers God gives to dealing with overwhelming difficulty

A. Remember your own ____________________ and rely on your Savior’s

___________________ (v.9)

9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not

rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead

B. Recall your Savior’s help in the _____________________ and rest in His

hope for the _________________ (v. 10)


10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set

our hope that he will continue to deliver us,

C. Resolve to ________________ upon Him and to ___________________ in

the results that will come. (v.11)

11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the

gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.


  • Horatio G. Spafford: “It Is Well With My Soul”

The Holy Bible, New International Version Original work copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.