Today’s word is from 2 Corinthians 1:8 (NLT)
“…We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.”
There are things that can crush and overwhelm a believer beyond their ability to endure.
Paul and his team were up against a trial that was so big that they actually began to think that they would never live through it! I love to preach positive messages about blessings, miracles, joy and hope, but the truth is that every believer goes through tests, trials and every believer has to endure suffering. The devil will use whatever he can to defeat and to discourage you, and to get you to the point where you loose all hope.
Friends, life can get very challenging!
Every believer I know and every man or woman of God that I study in the Word has had to endure trials, tests and suffering. Even Jesus suffered anxiety to the point of sweating blood. Challenging circumstances, suffering and hardship are not indicators that you are missing God, they are indicators that you are living by faith and that you are walking on water. People who never step out in faith and never leave their comfort zone don’t have to ever endure much.
Paul goes on to say… “In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, Who raises the dead. And He did rescue us from mortal danger, and He will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in Him, and He will continue to rescue us.” (2 Corinthians 1:9-10)
Sometimes very difficult, overwhelming, crushing sufferings will cause a believer to abandon self-reliance and teach them to put their trust in the Lord.
He will rescue you from mortal danger, and He will rescue you again and again. As you place your confidence in Him, He will continue to rescue you! When you reach your end, you reach His beginning. If something is too hard for you to endure, you will find that it is tailor made for the Lord. Today, cast your care onto the Lord and He will care for you!
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Praise the Lord - Russ Taff
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