Thinking Eternally, Living Fearlessly Part 7

14 Mar

Be renewed.

Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.  For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!], 2 Cor. 4:16,17 Amp.

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 Cor. 4:16,17 MSG

What a charge to us!  Don’t give up.  Don’t lose heart.  Don’t grow weary.  Think eternally.

In comparison to eternity our afflictions are momentary and light.  God’s glory is eternal and weighty.

We are renewed when we think eternally.  We need to live one day at a time, not two days.  God provides day by day like He did with the manna in the desert.  Sometimes we try to store up provisions, both physical and spiritual, but we have a daily moment-by-moment walk with Him.  this takes the pressure off and we don’t feel like we’re in that tight place.

Renewed means made new again, especially in freshness.  In Spanish there’s a saying, “Fresco como una lechuga.”  It means fresh as a lettuce.  How we love it when we are fresh!  God freshens us as we gaze at Him.  Freshness flows through us to others when we think eternally.

Thinking eternally brings peace and joy.

 

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