Sunday, April 26, 2009
Hard Pressed, but Not Crushed
This photo just begged to be posted! Oh my! Do you not relate???!!! If this cat COULD talk, I think he'd be saying something like this: mmmpppggggffhhhpppp!!!!!" ~Interpretation: "Hey stupid! Get off! NOW!!! Can't you see you're seriously suffocating me??? WHAT IS UP WITH THIS!!!??? What did I ever do to you to deserve this?!?!"...Well, you get the picture. And we all know what this feels like when life throws stuff our way.
And whatever it is that has come out of the blue to "subdue" us for a season, WILL be used to produce His glory in and through us.
It's one thing to sing "Have Thine Own Way, Lord"....It's quite another to walk through it when He does have His way...The Way of the Cross...The Way of producing Christ in us, the Hope of Glory...His purpose is always far greater and far wiser than anything we can see ourselves at the time, because He puts an eternal value on hardships....one that we do not see in the natural.
Beloved, take heart....He allows afflictions and hardship for eternal purposes.
God bless you!
2 Cor. 4:8 "We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
v. 9 struck down, but not destroyed---
v. 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh."
v. 17"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
v. 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
The purpose of this blog is to encourage our walk in Christ; together in Him; for as we develop our relationship with the Lord, we ARE more than conquerors through Christ Jesus! Praise God! My writings are mostly from an experiential standpoint; however sometimes this includes dreams and visions. (Comments are reviewed prior to posting.)