Tag: 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18

Keeping our eyes on the prize!

Scripture reading for August 1st: 2nd Corinthians 4, Psalm 3, Proverbs 30

Key Scriptures:  2nd Corinthians 4:16-18  “So we do not lose heart.  Through our 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.”  

It would be easy to get discouraged by the events and evil going on in the world.  Even the aging process is a battle as our bodies deteriorate and waste away and age, disease and gravity take their toll.  But God has given His people the Holy Spirit to renew our inner man and spiritual eyes to see vision through His Word of the amazing unseen things that God has prepared for those who love Him.  To overcome the discouragement,  Paul encourages us to keep our inner eyes focused on that unseen reality, not the transient present.

Faith Confession: Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit who gives my inner man vision of You and Your plans for me and this world.  Strengthen me today in my inner man to keep my focus on Your unseen realities and share that with others.

Psalm 3: 1-3 “O Lord, how many are my foes!  Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God.  But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”

 

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Inner Renewal–Daily!

Scripture reading for August 1st: Psalm 62-64, 2nd Corinthians 4

Key Scriptures:  2nd Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart.  Though our 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.”  

Paul was encouraged and shared how he kept his own spirit up.  If he focused on the external things that he saw, he could easily become discouraged.  His own body was growing older and wasting away.  He suffered afflictions and persecutions.  Not everyone that he preached Jesus Christ as Lord to treated him with respect.  But he looked at the unseen realities of the spiritual realm and was renewed inside each day!  These things were eternal while the visible world was transient!

Psalm 62:1-2 “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.  He alone is my Rock and my Salvation, my Fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for encouraging me and renewing me inside with vision and understanding of the eternal realities of Your presence and glory.  I can say with David, You are my Rock!  Amen.

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