Posts Tagged ‘Struggles


Not On Earthly Things

In verse 2 of Colossians 3, Paul reiterates his encouragement of verse 1. He says:

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

It’s SO easy to get caught up in the worries and stresses of this world. It’s SO easy to get caught up in the trappings of this world. It’s SO hard to focus on heavenly things instead of earthly things. We must remember that the stuff down here is only temporary, while the stuff of Heaven is eternal. Your financial struggles are only temporary. Your illness is only temporary. Your struggles with mental illness are only temporary. Your car issues, house issues or job issues are only temporary. Your relationship with Jesus is eternal. Remember that today as earthly issues try to crowd out your eternal joy. This life is but a pit stop on the way to Heaven. Keep your mind set on the things of Heaven because that’s where your hope is and where you’re headed.

A Good Reminder

Good Wednesday morning to you!  In this life are bound to come troubles, difficulties and disappointments.  In this life are bound to come hardships, roadblocks and people who will let you down.  Someone is going to mess up your day today.  It’s simple mathematics.  You’re going to come into contact with hundreds of people today in one way or another.  It may be a co-worker or a neighbor or a friend.  It might be someone at the grocery store or on the freeway.  You’re going to run into someone having a rotten day and it will seem like they were put on this earth to ruin your day.  Remember this – they weren’t.  Remember that they may be going through something about which you have no idea.  They may be losing a loved one.  They may be going through a break up of some kind.  Their coffee maker might be on the fritz.  You never know what someone is going through, so be patient and kind to everyone you meet.  After all, you don’t want to be the person who ruins someone else’s day.  Think about that as you move about through this Wednesday.  God bless…


Working It Out For Good

NOTE: This post is based on a post from September, 2013.

On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God, 2 because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaamto call a curse down on them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.) – Nehemiah 13:1-2 (NIV)

God is amazing!  We read throughout Scripture that He is able to take bad situations and work them out for good.  I think about the life of Joseph.  I think about the crucifixion.  I think about Romans 8:28 (NIV):

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

God is able to work everything – even the bad things in our lives – out for the best.  He can take our heartache and turn it into joy.  He can take our pain and turn it into strength and perseverance.  He can take our chaos and turn it into peace.  God can take the bad and turn it into good.  We have to trust Him and know that He is working it all out.  He is bigger than our problems and our battles.  He is bigger than our struggles and troubles.  He is bigger than our doubts, worries and fears.  God is good and He will work the troubles in our lives out for good.
PRAYER: My Lord and my God, help me today to see Your amazing ability to turn my struggles and weaknesses into something good.  I have doubts and failures and troubles and pain.  How I need You to give me strength to overcome them.  How I need You to take the bad things of my life and make them good.  I know and believe that You can do that, O God.  Thank You for hearing my prayer, amen.

Light And Momentary Troubles

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 (NIV)

As we go through the difficult days of our lives, it is hard not to get discouraged.  You watch as someone gets the promotion for which you were in line.  You struggle financially as you wonder how you’ll make ends meet.  Your heart aches as your relationships seem to fall apart.  Your body is, as Paul puts it, “wasting away” as you feel the aches and pains of many years on your bones.  You don’t know what to do as it seems as though life is a boxer and is giving you quite a pounding.  Can it really only be the fourth round?

Paul says we should not lose heart.  God is able to renew our hearts, minds and our spirits.  He called his own struggles (physical pain and the threat of death in every town) “light and momentary troubles”.  How can we gain such an understanding?  How can we face heartache, disappointment, pain and discouragement with such a perspective?  The real question is, “What are you looking at?”  Are you looking at your troubles or are you looking at your prize?  Are you focused on what you can see or what is unseen?  Our hope is not in the here and now.  Our hope is in heaven.  Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus “and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

There is a prize we are running towards, my friends.  Keep your eyes on the prize today!

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