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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, February 26, 2017
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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. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 4:8-18 – We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be obvious in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but it has resulted in eternal life for you.
But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, and so I speak.” We know that the same God who raised our Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself along with you. All of these things are for your benefit. And as God’s grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
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.
If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! –2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Scott Martin (New Jersey) titled his story “RENEWED DAY-BY-DAY;” here is a portion of Scott’s story:
“I struggle with an illness that saps my strength and energy. As a result, I have difficulty getting myself out of bed in the morning. . . .
“Many of us go through trying times, whether dealing with illness, limitations, or the emotions of accepting these realities. . . .
“Now, each morning . . . I stretch my arms upward. I pray for God to fill me with the strength of the Holy Spirit as I rise and am renewed. Our transformation in Christ is an ongoing process, and each day moves us further along this path.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Each day is an opportunity to be renewed in Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us reach to you for strength and welcome each day as an opportunity to be renewed in Jesus Christ. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/