2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
The goal of God for every believer is to make us into the image of Christ.
Unfortunately, change or transformation is not without pain. To be honest with you, it is a part of the process of the change from the old man to the new that NONE of us want to experience, but, it is one that is of necessity in order for us to be conformed to the likeness of Christ.
Life may knock us down, but it has not knocked us out.
In his writing of this text the Apostle Paul reminds us that quitting is not an option for the people of God, regardless of what is thrown at us or what we might have to endure or suffer for the sake of Christ.
Jesus reminds us that in this world we will have trouble, but be of good cheer for He has overcome the world!!
The Apostle Paul can encourage us because He has come where we are going. He was persecuted beyond measure and endured one hardship after another, yet, he did not give up and quit. With the help of the Holy Spirit that was in him, he was able to press through fiery trials, death threats, persecution, being ship wrecked, bitten by a snake, lost at sea, being wrongfully imprisoned, denied a fair trial by his false accusers and many other persecution and sufferings that would have caused many to have quit the Christian race.
Feeling the pressure from persecution? The good news is that you are not forsaken for the Lord God is with you.
Feeling cast down? Why are you sad or discouraged? Put your hope in God and not in man or what you see for true hope is found in God alone.
People of God, do not lose heart. Even though the struggle is real and may appear hard at times, remember, our outward man is perishing, yet our inward man is being renewed day by day.
Knocked down, but not knocked out! With Jesus on our side, we are gonna make it!!
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you that the enemy did not have his way in keeping you down for the Lord our God has raised you up out despair and has lifted us up to a place of joy, hope and peace in Him.
I was knocked down, but God lifted me right back up!
Thank you Lord! We Love you on today!