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FEEL LIKE QUITTING?
2 Corinthians 4:16 Ė 5:15
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and wonít last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in Godís richest blessing upon us forever and ever! So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
For we know that when this tent we live in now is taken down-when we die and leave these bodies-we will have wonderful new bodies in heaven, homes that will be ours forevermore, made for us by God himself, and not by human hands. How weary we grow of our present bodies. That is why we look forward eagerly to the day when we shall have heavenly bodies. These earthly bodies make us groan and sigh, but we wouldnít like to think of dying and having no bodies at all. We want to slip into our new bodies so that these dying bodies will, as it were, be swallowed up by everlasting life. This is what God has prepared for us and, as a guarantee, he has given us his Holy Spirit.
(It is easy to quit. We all have faced problems in our relationships or work that caused us to want to lay down the tools and walk away. Rather than giving up, however, Paul concentrated on developing his inner strength. Donít let fatigue, pain or criticism force you off the job. Renew your commitment to serving Christ. Donít forsake your eternal reward because of the intensity of todayís pain. Your very weakness allows the resurrection power of Christ to strengthen you moment by moment.
The Holy Spirit within us is our guarantee that God has reserved for us brand-new everlasting bodies that he will give us at the resurrection. We have eternity in us now! Such hope should give us great courage and patience to endure anything we might experience.)
Stretch out your hand to heal and grant that wonders and miracles
May be performed through
The Name of your holy Servant