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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Not giving up...

I'm at a place in my life where I know that I need God. That if I try and do this thing called life on my own, I would fail. Fall to a heap. Crumble.


Today at work I went for a walk to clear my head. The events of the days are cluttering my mind. It's difficult to focus. I was walking along and my heart was crying out to God. The familiar voice of God began to encourage my spirit. Each step I took I could feel the strength of God infililng me. He spoke. And it was powerful. The spoken Word of God can change a man in an instant. God's first words were to create, not to communicate. God created in my spirit today a sense of encouragement, He lifted me up, reminded me I was called to be a warrior.

"If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That's to prevent anyone from confusing God's incomparable power with us. As it is, there's not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we're not much to look at.



We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we've been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn't left our side; we've been thrown down, but we haven't broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus' sake, which makes Jesus' life all the more evident in us. While we're going through the worst, you're getting in on the best!


We're not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, "I believed it, so I said it," we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God's glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!



So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever. " (2 Corinthians 4:7-18 The Message)

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