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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
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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