Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
We are never crushed…
The apostle Paul tells us in chapter 12 of Romans it is important not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to. I think it is equally important not to think of ourselves lowlier of ourselves than we ought to. It is also important to look at others more highly or lowlier than we ought to. Writing to the Corinthians Paul spells out why we need put our lives and the lives of others in God’s perspective not the world’s perspective. “But God chose the foolish things of this world to put the wise to shame. He chose the weak things of this world to put the powerful to shame. What the world thinks is worthless, useless, and nothing at all is what God has used to destroy what the world considers important.” (1 Corinthians 1:27–28, CEV)
In his second letter to the Corinthians Paul not only puts our lives in God’s perspective but goes on to state what God can do with our life when we don’t think more highly or lowlier than we ought to. Paul affirms that what’s inside us is far more important than what appears on the surface. “We are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored. The real power comes from God and not from us. We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again.” (2 Corinthians 4:7–9, CEV)
“We often suffer, but we are never crushed.” Make no mistake life is difficult and more often than not we find ourselves overburdened and nearly crushed under the heavy load of adversities. And as we struggle with our adversities Jesus promises us, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30, CEV)
One of my favorite God Promise (one I depend on daily sometimes hourly) is: “In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again.” I am glad God will never tire of picking me up.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life think and depend on what’s inside rather than what appears in a mirror.
Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“Jesus is God’s Promise! Every promise God will fulfill in 2015 will come to fruition through your relationship to and with Jesus. Come Jesus, come.”
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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”