Don't Lose HOPE
The reality that we are most aware of and constantly engaged with, will be the one that we will live in. This visible realm and the affairs happening around us are all temporary. Jesus lived here on earth FROM the realm of the invisible where there are no sicknesses, storms, scarcity, shame, and sorrows – the realm of heaven. He faced every situation and circumstance with heaven's reality. He taught us to pray to our Father Who is IN heaven that His Kingdom (His dominion, rule, and reign) will come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This is our inheritance and commission as children of the King; to co-labor with Him in our prayers and to bring down heaven's superior influence to earth's needs.
Paul the apostle ministered with an awareness that whatever happened around him (prison, persecution, shipwreck, flogging, demonic attacks, rejection, hunger, etc.) only works towards the unveiling of greater glory. As believers, this is our unchanging and unshakeable reality as well. And no matter what may come, the Christ Who is IN US is the Hope of GLORY and His glory is being revealed through us more and more.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of GLORY, while we do not look at things which are seen, but at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are TEMPORARY, but the things which are not seen are ETERNAL.”
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV -
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