Don’t Give Up!…
Therefore we do not give up.
Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction, is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
It’s a bit ironic how the enemy would attempt to frame the lives of Christ’s faithful. The world would suggest that Christians are weak and need ‘religion’ to prop them up; they simply couldn’t endure without clinging to their antiquated Bibles.
The irony is that we are called to perseverance. Being meek doesn’t mean weak. Our Lord demands of us that we persevere through this life. This perseverance requires strength. That strength comes from God’s intervention in the lives of those who embrace His Grace and Mercy.
It’s not some incidental thing; this strength. It’s not, ‘oh here, let me help you with that.’ What really happens, is that God takes our meager offering and in our weakness, provides His strength through us, to transform our frailty into His power, our weakness to His strength, our bitterness into His hope, and our distain into His Love.
All that we may persevere, and convey His Love to a lost world. A candle on a hill can not be hidden. So, ignore the accusation of our enemy; persevere and shine on!
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.
James 3:17-18 (HCSB)
Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts:
If prophecy, use it according to the standard of one’s faith;
if service, in service;
if teaching, in teaching;
if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity;
leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12:4-8 (HCSB)
For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them.
For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.
Romans 1:18-20 (HCSB)
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.“
Matthew 7:7 (HCSB)
So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4 (HCSB)
He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.
Colossians 1:18 (HCSB)
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (HCSB)
For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (HCSB)
Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah.
Acts 3:19-20 (HCSB)