Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Verse for Today
2 Corinthians 4:16 - Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

We live in this world where there are discouragements every where for the children of God. They face opposition of various kind from the enemy. They are oppressed and suppressed in their daily walk by the forces of darkness and these forces use people, things and circumstances to brutally deal with God's people. So there is every reason for discouragement if we look at these circumstances and cruel treatment by the people around. This affects our emotions, faculties and even our bodies, through which we become frustrated and lose heart. These attacks are direct as well as indirect, and many are behind our back. But if we look at the Lord Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith, we would not be discouraged. When we look at Him and speak to Him about our situation, He will renew our hearts and minds with Himself through His Spirit. The Spirit will fill our hearts with refreshing thoughts about the glory of our Lord which we are also going to get when we meet Him soon. So the Spirit is asking us to look at the Lord Jesus on a daily and moment by moment basis so that we would experience the renewing of our minds continuously. Today we see Jesus in the Word and also in our meditations on His glories. Thus when we see the glory of the Lord Jesus revealed before our inner eyes, it strengthens our faith and our weak and weary souls. It will increase our faith and trust in Him and His promises. It will fill us with the blessed hope of His return to take us to glory soon. It will comfort us that there will be an end to our sufferings, oppressions and suppression. But in the meanwhile, He gives us strength to handle our daily cares and concerns in a spiritual manner.

Dear friend, it is more important that our inner person gets renewed and strengthened to handle our situations, for our basic human faculties are not equipped to handle discouragements and frustrations in life. No matter how strong we are physically and intellectually, we won't be able to withstand the pressures of the world and Satan. But if we are strengthened in our spirits, it will help us to face the tensions and difficulties that blow against us in the form of mighty wind and strong waves. Our courage and confidence to face the unknown tomorrows come from the Spirit of God on the basis of the written Word. As we read and meditate on these verses and spend time in the presence of the Lord, it will fill our hearts with joy and peace that passes all understanding even in the worst situations. We should also understand that discouragement is one of the strongest weapons used by the enemy of our souls to depress us so that we will go out of focus with the spiritual goals set before us. Discouragement is also a contagious emotion and will spread fast from one person to another in geometric proportion. God has not given us a spirit of timidity and confusion, but a spirit of joy in spite of circumstances. So we need to look at the risen and victorious Lord Jesus and His cross which is a place of victory and confidence. Even though the cross was considered a place of shame and failure by the world, it was a place of victory for us because it was on the cross that our Lord gained victory over sin, Satan, world and death. Let us therefore look at that old rugged cross and be strengthened by the victory of our Lord for us which will make us face difficult and discouraging circumstances and come out with praise to the Lord in our mouths.

Isaiah 40:31 - But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Thought for Today
When we get drained out in our courage because of the unfavorable circumstances, we can go to the Lord to renew our minds by recharging our spiritual batteries.
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