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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, December 21, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
It is easy to lose heart and quit. We all have faced problems in our relationships or in our work that have caused us to think about giving up. Rather than quitting when persecution wore him down, Paul concentrated on the inner strength that came from the Holy Spirit. Don’t let fatigue, pain, or criticism force you off the job. Renew your commitment to serving Christ. Don’t forsake your eternal reward because of the intensity of today’s pain. Your very weakness allows the resurrection power of Christ to strengthen you moment by moment.
Our troubles should not diminish our faith or disillusion us. We should realize that there is a purpose in our suffering. Problems and human limitations have several benefits: (1) They remind us of Christ’s suffering for us; (2) they keep us from pride; (3) they cause us to look beyond this brief life; (4) they give us opportunities to prove our faith to others; and (5) they give God the opportunity to demonstrate his power. See your troubles as opportunities!
Our ultimate hope when we are experiencing terrible illness, persecution, or pain is the realization that this life is not all there is—there is life after death! Knowing that we will live forever with God in a place without sin and suffering can help us live above the pain that we face in this life. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 4:16–18 – That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
Becky Duke (Pennsylvania) titled her story “THAT IS ENOUGH;” here is a portion of Becky’s story:
“. The words of the apostle Paul above remind us that we still have a purpose in life even though our abilities might be limited by age and disease. Even if the only thing we can do to help in any given situation is to pray, that is enough.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – At every stage of my life, God has work for me to do.
Prayer: Faithful God, thank you for our worldwide Christian community. Help us to find ways to serve you wherever we are. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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