Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 12-30-19

December 30, 2019
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Life presents many challenges and some days we may feel like we are at the end of our so-called ‘rope.’ You know what I mean; we have no further patience, resources, abilities, or energy left to cope with a situation any longer. Yet, that is the very time we need to refocus our thinking; time to ask the Spirit to help us meet this life-challenge with eternal resources and abilities.

In our passage today, the Apostle Paul encourages us to know that when we find ourselves at the end of our rope, that is the very time the Holy Spirit wants to come and be the inner strength we need. We can deny we feel the way we do, but that is not faith nor will it bring supernatural help. Rather, we need to come boldly before God’s throne of Grace and ask for the Spirit to bring the inner strength we need to sustain us. That is faith…and faith stirs our hope and brings answers. Hang on!

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 So no wonder we don’t give up. For even though our outer person gradually wears out, our inner being is renewed every single day. 17 We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, 18 because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the encouragement of your Word. Life can truly be challenging. I feel it all the time as I share in life with others. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for being my strength. Thank you for strengthening the people I love and keeping us all moving forward. I know an eternal reward awaits us so we hope on…In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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