Thinking Eternally, Living Fearlessly Part 4

8 Mar

We do not lose hope.

We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. 2 Cor. 4:8,9

One mistake we can make when we receive Jesus is thinking that having Jesus in our hearts is a guarantee of a trouble-free life.  We forget that we have an enemy.  We forget that we’re in a war.

  • To be pressured means to be pressed like a grape or forced into a tight place.  God does not do this.  He leads us into wide-open spaces.
  • To be perplexed means to to be in doubt, to not to know which way to turn, to be at a loss with one’s self, to not to know how to decide or what to do.  We’ve all been there, haven’t we?  I talked to a Christian woman at school yesterday who just found out that her husband has been having affairs for 11 years.  “I don’t know what to do,” she cried, “I just keep reading the Psalms.”  God does not cause us to be perplexed.  He gives us the ability to think clearly.  BUT WE DO NOT LOSE HOPE.  Because Jesus Christ is inside us and he is powerful beyond measure.  I remember speaking to a niece who was struggling with depression.  She went to the doctor and was given a checklist to fill out.  She finally reached a question that said, “Have you lost hope?”  She put the checklist down and waited for the doctor to return.  She told him, “My belief system does not allow me to lose hope.  However, I am having a difficult time motivating myself to do anything.  I do need help.”
  • To be persecuted means to be harassed, troubled, or mistreated.  God is not the source.  God is with us.
  • To be cast down means to be thrown down to the ground.  God does not do this.  He lifts us up in His everlasting arms.  We are not ruined.

In the last devotional, we looked at the power of God inside these earthen vessels.  Our earthen vessels experience trouble.  When the enemy tries to steer us into a narrow place we need to think with God.  When we feel trapped we can make ridiculously stupid decisions.  We need to keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Thinking eternally brings peace.

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