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Monday, January 4, 2016

Faith On My Part Will Produce Resilience

In review of 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 it says, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”

Bottom Line:
Although trouble, confusion, persecution and being knocked down may occur, we will never be crushed, in despair, abandoned, or destroyed.

What this means to me:
I may often suffer, but I’ll never be crushed. Even when I don’t know what to do, I can learn to never give up. In times of trouble, God will be with me, and when I get knocked down, with his help I can get up again.

What I’m learning is that faith will unlock the promises of God and it show me his power. It turns dreams into reality and it gives me the power to hold on in tough times.

Interestingly, faith will not always take me out of the problem, it will take me through it. Faith doesn’t always take away the pain. Faith gives me the ability to handle the pain. Faith doesn’t take me out of the storm. Faith calms me in the midst of it.

Probably the most important characteristic I could teach others (and that I need in my own life) is resilience. The ability to bounce back and to keep going. Nobody goes through life with an unbroken chain of successes. Everybody has failures, mistakes, embarrassments and pain. We all have problems. We all have pressures. Those who make it in life, have resilience.

I’m learning that I can get the resilience to keep going through Faith. It’s believing God could do something any moment that could change the direction of my life, and I don’t want to miss it, so I keep moving forward. It’s believing that God will give me exactly what I need when I need it as I learn to rely on him to accomplish his purpose in my life.

This is the testimony of Paul, a great man of faith: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT).

Adversity in my life teaches me to go back and rely on God. He wants me to count on him and will often use situations to help build my faith in him.

In summary, I may suffer, but I’ll never be crushed. Even when I don’t know what to do, I should never give up. Because, in times of trouble, God is with me. When I get knocked down, with his help I can get back up again.

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