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It’s NOT about today…It’s about eternity:)))

After a week of vacation,

images and a POWERFUL Easter Sunday, I’d say that I’m a tad behind on bloggingimages and reading others blogsimages

I must admit that I feel very blessed that a good number of you have said that you look forward to reading my post for encouragement.
My purpose is exactly for that reason which also glorifies Christ:)))

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2 CORINTHIANS 4:16-18
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Today, a good friend and I met to walk and catch up. We discussed our physical limitations, family situations, and had a wonderful time of encouraging each other in the Lord. Oh, how we will continue to face obstacles in this life on earth, but we must keep our commitment to serving Christ.
Rather than giving up when persecution wore him down, Paul concentrated on experiencing the inner strength from the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16).

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Don’t let fatigue, pain, or criticism force you off the job for Christ. Our ultimate hope in terrible illness, persecution, or pain is realizing that this life is not all there is-there is life after death!images
Let’s remember that we will live forever with God in a place without sin and suffering! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “It’s NOT about today…It’s about eternity:)))

  1. Hello sister! May I share light on something here? Paul is not speaking of his physical body wasting away in Second Corinthians 4:16, but something profound. The “outward man” Paul refers to is our “old Adam” – our soul-dominant self that usurped our “inward man” (our spirit) in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3. Since Christ’s resurrection from the dead, our “inward man” is our “new man” which is one with Him by faith!
    Do you see how this entire passage is so much richer than previously believed understood? You might read “Resting in Christ” for more detail on this tremendous passage (one so very, very dear to my heart!). If it’s alright, I’ll provide a link to it: http://thelordiswithus.com/resting-in-christ-2/

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    • Hello:) Thanks for the input, that is a whole other lesson in itself:). My focus was referencing more toward the Ephesians 3:16 side of it. The great family of God includes all who have believed in Him in the past, all who believe in the present, and all who will believe in the future. We are all a family because we have the same Father. He is the source of all creation, the rightful owner of everything. God promises His love and power to His family, the church (3:16-21) ; if we want to receive His blessing, it is important that we stay in contact with other believers in the body of Christ. Those who isolate themselves from God’s family and try to go it alone are cutting themselves off from God. Paul faced sufferings, trails, and distress as he preached the Good News, but he knew that they would one day it would be over and he would obtain God’s rest and rewards. As we face great troubles, it’s easy to focus on the pain , rather than on our ultimate goal. Just as athletes concentrate on the finish line and ignore their discomfort, we too must focus , we too must focus on the reward for our faith and the joy that lasts forever. No matter what happens to us in this life, we have the assurance of eternal life when all suffering will end.
      My focus was more on renewing our commitment to serving Christ and not forsaking our eternal reward because of the intensity of today’s pain. Our very weakness allows the resurrection power of Christ to strengthen us moment by moment.
      Thanks again for your perspective and taking the time to shed light with the link:)
      God bless !

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      • Amen to your point! It is so important that we know that the degree to which we suffer with Christ is the degree to which He is formed in us, corporately (so important!) as well as individually. Love you and your ministry here, sister!

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  2. Brittany on said:

    It is all about God and how we can share His love and grace to glorify Him! Amen!

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  3. Absolutely Brittany:)))) AMEN!

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  4. Love this!!! So encouraging Kim.. God is with us thru it ALL… not just some of our struggles and pain… He said He would never leave us or forsake us… Thanks for sharing!!! What a blessing you are to myself and so many others! God bless you.. Love you..

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