Week 45   Day 2

 

            the apostle Paul

                        acknowledges the powerful presence 

                        of good and evil in our lives 

 

                        he describes life as it is pulled

                        between the two poles 

 

                                    in the midst of turmoil but overcoming 

                                    troubled but not crushed 

                                    in doubt but not in despair 

                                    many enemies but never without a friend 

                                    badly hurt but not destroyed 

 

            in that condition

                        he points us to Jesus

                        who reminds us that 

 

                                    there are troubles but there are treasures  

                                    there are doubts but there are delights  

                                    there are hurts but there are hallelujahs  

                                    there are deaths but there are resurrections  

                                    there is gloom but there is goodness

 

                        when we feel overwhelmed he delivers us 

                        when we feel beaten he heals the brokenness 

                        when we feel crushed he recreates us

 

                                    and opens our eyes to see

                                                beyond the moment

                                                sometimes way beyond

                                    helping us move

                                                from the temporary

                                                to the eternal 

                                                                             ---rus

 

                                    DON'T LOSE HEART

Renounce sin, speak plainly and bounce back from everything.

                                          II Corinthians 3 & 4

 

    1Do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to

you or letters of commendation from you?  2You are our epistle

written in our hearts, known and read by all; 3clearly you are

an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but

by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on

tablets of flesh, that is of the heart.

    1Therefore, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 

2But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not handling

the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth

commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of

God.  3Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are

perishing, 4who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of

the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on

them.  5We do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord,

and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.  6 It is God

who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone

in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of

God in the face of Jesus Christ.

    7We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the power

may be of God and not of us.  8We are hard pressed on every

side, yet not crushed;  we are perplexed, but not in despair;

9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--

10always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,

that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.  11We

who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the

life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.  12So

then death is working in us, but life in you.

    13Since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what

is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe

and therefore speak, 14knowing that He who raised up Jesus

will also raise us up, and will present us with you.  15All things
are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the
many,
may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

    16Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though our outward man

is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 

17Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working

for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

18We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen.  The things which are seen are
temporary,
but the things which are not seen are eternal.

             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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