We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
The goal of God for every believer is to make us into the image of Christ. Unfortunately, change or transformation is not without pain. To be honest with you, it is a part of the process of the change from the old man to the new that NONE of us want to experience, but, it is one that is of necessity in order for us to be conformed to the likeness of Christ.
Child of God, life may knock us down, but it has not knocked us out. In our text today, the Apostle Paul reminds us that quitting is not an option for the people of God, regardless of what is thrown at us or what we might have to endure or suffer for the sake of Christ, Jesus reminds us that in this world we will have trouble, but be of good cheer for He has overcome the world. And you know what? We are the greatest beneficiaries of that victory.
Friends, do not lose heart. Even though the struggle is real and may appear hard at times, remember, our outward man is perishing, yet our inward man is being renewed day by day. Sometimes we are hit with such force that we are knocked down. Life takes a hard tilt, and the effect is tantamount to being thrown face down to the ground. The circumstance is devastating, the pain excruciating. Try as we might, in that moment it is difficult to grab hold of any semblance of joy or hope. But the good news is, we have a bounce back spirit, we are too blessed to be stressed beyond recovery.
I Declare: Today, I am strengthened with ALL power in my inner man, I have great endurance and patience. And because the resurrected one lives in me, I am bouncing back!
Ignite Thought: Life may knock us down, but as long as we look up, we will get up again!