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Saturday, March 30, 2013

We Do Not Lose Heart - When Tempted To Give Up

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We Do Not Lose Heart - When Tempted To Give Up -  Steve Wickham


When the odds are stacked against us we are to not lose heart. Somehow we know that we will be okay; we'll have what we'll need.
When we're hard pressed and confused, and even pursued in life, we cannot afford to give up. Despair does not overcome us.
We do this -- continuing on and not capitulating, because we know we're not forsaken or abandoned -- we have the absolute presence of the Almighty God.
The secret is "this treasure" we have. It's held within an ordinary clay jar -- which is our mortal body. The treasure is his Spirit.
Victorious speech. It has to be. We give up any illusion of self-sufficiency as we rely fully on God's power. We cannot lose.
Times can be consistently perplexing yet we still do not ever cower down... instead it is a quiet confidence we have that somehow knows all will be okay.
Yet we will feel like giving up. It seems too much for us. Then we're reminded: 'It's not me, but him.' His power, his glory, his blessing. Him.
We see the light. We see that the light and momentary troubles we have are nothing... NOTHING compared with his glorious, majestic revelation riches in eternity.
We serve in this environment because God inspires us; nothing else... certainly not for earthly gain. He makes it possible for us to bear up even in the midst of tragedy.
For we know that if our Saviour was raised and backed up; we also will be raised and helped.
And this is the Gospel: in our moment-by-moment death (to ourselves), others see HIS life -- what he stood for -- our Saviour.
Life -- spiritual life. Others for us; me for others. Outdoing each other for his glory. That's the Spirit!
This piece was inspired by Paul's 2 Corinthians chapter 4.

Copyright © 2008, Steven John Wickham.  All Rights Reserved Worldwide.Steve Wickham is a safety and health professional (BSc) and a qualified lay Christian minister (GradDipDiv). His passion in vocation is facilitation and coaching; encouraging people to soar to a higher value of their potential. Steve's key passion is work / life balance and re-creating value for living and an exploration of the person within us, and especially the breaking of gener ational curses.Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Steve_Wickham  Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1218422


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