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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Visible v.s. Invisible

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18

God never said life would be easy, but, in a way, trails are good because they test us. They make us work and suffer, which helps us look forward to the "eternal glory." God wants us to have a rich inheritance in heaven.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:10-11

God wants us to receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord. He wants us to bear through the sufferings of life and then have the joy of rewarding us forever. Keep in mind that suffering does not always equal a heavenly reward. "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen" We have to focus on Jesus when things get bad, not worldly things.
If you set your mind on yourself, your circumstances, or human wisdom you will only frustrate yourself. This kind of approach to life does not bring eternal blessings. We must focus on the unseen things because "what is unseen is eternal."

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
2 Thessalonians 2:16

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

Unseen things are what God gives us through grace.
We have to depend on God. The Christian life is lived by faith in God. Our afflictions are turned into eternal glory by looking to the grace of God during our difficulties and having faith that he will help us.

For we live by faith, not by sight. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:7-8

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