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Day by Day

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Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13 to 5:1

Verse Fourteen: “We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us”.

Our passage today begins with Paul quoting from Psalm 116 – a great Psalm that praises God’s presence with and care for us. This Psalm is just one of many, many examples of God’s faithfulness to humanity. It is with confidence that Paul writes, “We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us”. We too trust and live into God’s presence in our lives and into the love and compassion that find witness to in the scriptures and that we experience with our own lives.

The promise of eternal life that we read of in verse seventeen is a wonderful promise. At times, it brings us comfort and strength. At times, this promise brings great hope. While all of this is true and the promise remains for a who have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we live now in the present. Paul goes on to write of the grace that is causing joy to overflow. This is what we experience from the promise in our day to day lives. We receive strength in the trial, comfort in the pain, course for the journey, redemption after the stumbles, forgiveness to share with others. All of these and more are the ways we experience God’s living presence with us in the daily walk of life. Paul speaks of this, writing, “Therefore we do not lose heart”. God is always with us. We do not lose heart.

The last section in today’s passage does remind us of our mortality. Paul concedes that “outwardly we are wasting away” and we are. But we also know the second half of the sentence to be true: “yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day”. Each and every day God is with us, renewing us. Therefore we fix our eyes on the unseen, on Jesus. He is the eternal. He is our hope. He is our salvation. His living Spirit is with us all the time. Jesus is our all in all. Thanks be to God for His love revealed to us in and through the life of Jesus, the model of faith that we follow. Each day may He renew our body, mind, and spirit so that we can faithfully walk in God’s abiding presence. Amen.

One thought on “Day by Day

  1. WALKING BY FAITH

    IT IS NOT FAITH TO LOOK AHEAD
    WITH WORRIED DOUBTS AND FEARS
    AND CONTEMPLATE TOMORROW S TRIALS
    THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEARS,
    BUT IT IS FAITH TO LOOK ABOVE
    WITH CONFIDENCE AND TRUST,
    ASSURED THE WAY HE OVERRULES
    IS EVER RIGHT AND JUST.

    IT IS NOT FAITH TO BE CAST DOWN
    AND OVERCOME WITH DOUBT,
    TO WONDER HOW THE LORD CAN LEAD
    TO WORK MY PROBLEMS OUT,
    BUT IT IS FAITH TO REST IN HIM
    AND TRUST HIS GUIDING HAND,
    HE WILL UPHOLD, SUSTAIN, AND KEEP
    ALONG THE PATHS HE PLANNED,
    😊

    I LOVE THE LORD, BECAUSE HE HATH HEARD MY VOICE AND MY SUPPLICATION.
    BECAUSE HE HATH INCLINED HIS EAR UNTO ME. , THEREFORE WILL I
    CALL UPON HIM AS LONG AS I LIVE. AMEN

    😙

    FAITH.
    FAITH IS NEEDED FOR SALVATION, ROMANS 3 V 28
    CHRISTIANITY IS THE ONLY TRUE FAITH, EPHESIANS 4 V 5
    FAITH IS HOPING IN WHAT IS NOT SEEN , HEBREWS 11 V1
    FAITH ACCOMPANIEX OBEDIENCE TO GOD HEBREWS 11 V 7_12.

    LOVE DRIVES AWAY FEAR.🤔 1 JOHN 4 V 18

    GODS WORK LEAVES THE ENEMY FRUSTRATED AND DEFEATED
    AMEN

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