“So we do not lose heart. Though out outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 4:16-18
“But we are is known to God, and I hope it is known to your conscience.” 5:11
There are many things that came to mind when I read this verse. Honestly, some were good and some were bad so I really have to think and sit on this, and if what I am about to say comes off offensively I promise I mean well.. There is something about a person who does not have a good heart, but wants the world to recognizes them as someone that does. Even now I have to stop and remind myself that small things in this world that I feel are a big deal really do not matter. Such as popularity.. That’s a tough subject! Everyone wants to be loved and recognized, but a genuine person is a person who deserves praise in my book. At leasts that is what I believe, and to draw all of this back to that verse above all we have to remember that God sees our hearts always. We might think at times that we have a crowd fooled, but the only person that we are hurting is ourselves. What good is it to put on a mask that will only hide you from a temporary world? Be real! Remember that we are new creations, and our flesh has no regard on over our lives. God knows you, and you should start to get to know the real you that God has made you to be if you have not already.
If we feel the need to boast, boast in the goodness of the Lord.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 12:9
It may seem are to, but be thankful for the test and trials that come into your life. I have never heard someone say that at the end of the tunnel they learned nothing. Tests grow you in faith, and that my friend will always be a positive thing!
This was more of a shortish devo, but I hope you are all doing so well! Remember that when you are feeling lame or like you are losing that Christ’s strength is strong within you, and with Him you will push forward. I love you all so much! 🙂