Scripture: Acts Sometimes it may seem like trouble is on every side. We may even feel like we cannot even catch a break. However who do you Scripture: Jeremiah Outside were Scripture: 1 Corinthians Praise God Church!!! Read: 2Co We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 2Co Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 2Co Always bearing Relationship power Just telling you to be strong does, not make you strong.
It takes hard work through prayer and applying Scripture: Ephesians Denomination: Assembly Of God. When his life was in mortal danger, David purposed to call upon the Lord for deliverance from his enemies.
The Christian is surrounded by enemies of various nature, and wise we are if we call upon God for deliverance. As was true with David, so with Christians today: our enemies are both numerous and powerful: David lived in continual danger. Saul, king of Israel, Scripture: 2 Samuel You may not be called to a foreign land, but you must be ready to move a moments' notice when the Spirit call. Even though Paul and his fellow laborers were deeply entrenched in the work and will of the Lord, they Denomination: Pentecostal.
Quitting is a common malady among Christians. Many start this race with a false concept of its requirements, and leave disillusioned. Biblical Text: 2 Tim.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give Scripture: 2 Timothy The next round is yours. Real gratitude is an expression from the heart.
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Did you know that we have more to be thankful for than what we realize? One that offers compassionate treatment, one that shows kindness and forgiveness and alleviates distress; offers relief: 2 But We may not be suffering as Paul suffered - from stoning or beatings - but our sufferings will be just as painful and just as real. Problems have a way of never ending: a painful marriage, distressful employment, ongoing health problems, disabilities, a difficult church, family problems, tragedies, reversals, etc..
Problems tend to be chronic and would leave us in despair if it were not for the power of the indwelling Christ. Christ is greater than our sufferings, but we must experience wounds to really own this truth. Paul speaking of his wounds, said they would testify of life and not death. He said his severe trials would make known the reality of the living Christ within him. Many times, Paul should have been mentally or physically destroyed, but Jesus, not only kept him alive, but kept him from despair.
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The indwelling Christ gave Paul peace and optimism, while outwardly suffering. Our houses of clay are weak and experience all kinds of suffering, but when indwelt by the Living Christ, we preserver in trial, and like Paul, our sufferings demonstrate the power of God within us. Just as Paul, we need to see the big picture. There are two ways to see every problem; my way and God's way.
Troubled But Not Distressed
To be healthy we need to see our troubles from God's perspective. Suffering is not just about my pain; no, suffering is about recognizing that when I keep my faith, my suffering becomes the means to demonstrate the reality of God within us.
Our faith, in the fires of suffering, demonstrates the reality of Christ within us. Also, we understand that our sufferings are not by accident, for weakness is the context of our life and suffering is the environment that best demonstrates the reality of Christ in us. Christ could have given us bodies that would not hurt and He could have given us minds that would never suffer pain, but He didn't.
Perfect Wisdom put us in a house of clay, knowing we would suffer, and also knowing that to overcome, He would have to live His life in and through us.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 – troubled on every side
Suffering should destroy ones life, but Jesus is greater than our sufferings, and our faith shows the power of His Life in us. We can murmur, we can complain, we can quit, and we can look for an easier life; but if we're going to follow Christ, then Paul's words are relevant. His words tell us we will have many problems, but Christ is greater than our sufferings, and our faith while in our sufferings, will manifest the power of His Life which is in us; our difficulties will strengthen and not destroy us.