Thursday, October 5, 2017
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 "
The verses above aren't limited to physical illness, but include all things that bring us down into despair. Our trials differ and yet our own struggles can be our source to encourage others.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." 1 Corinthians 15:52-54 " Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." "The hope of the resurrection will encourage us in a suffering day, and set us above the fear of death; for what reason has a good Christian to fear death, that dies in hope of a joyful resurrection?" [M.Henry]
Do you believe suffering can be a blessing? "It is our happiness if the decays of the outward man do contribute to the renewing of the inward man, if afflictions outwardly are gain to us inwardly, if when the body is sick, and weak, and perishing, the soul is vigorous and prosperous." [M.Henry] Our personal relationship with God and His Word can encourage us and renew our spirits daily. Satan wants us to focus on our temporary pain and not the eternal work that God is doing thru our sufferings. Our sanctification is not a smooth journey, but a testing of our faith as we become who God intended us to be.
As for myself, I try to enjoy life with heaven in mind. I know that the things that hinder me now will not last forever, so I try to make the best of this life He gave me. Hinderences are not just physical, but spiritual chains of sin as well. My day to day struggles have become more evident, but the faith in my soul has prospered even more so.
Heaven’s promises will far outweigh our earthly struggles.