16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.18 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.
I’ve been feeling sorry for myself ever since I got the bad news about my disability. But in my devotions this morning, I came across these verses and it really uplifted me.
In this world, we are going to run into hardships. It’s inevitable.
But as the Bible tells us in John 16:33,
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
All we have to do is hold on to that promise and one day we will be made new!
for King and Country has a song called “Fix My Eyes.” It’s a great song and part of the lyrics go like this:
The things of Earth are dimming
In the light of Your glory and grace
I’ll set my sights upon Heaven
I’m fixing my eyes on you, on you
The Lord is coming back soon! All we have to do is fix our eyes upon Him!
One of my favorite parables is found in Matthew 13 about the parable of the sower.
3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
What does this all mean? Well, Jesus goes on to explain:
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
I have a tendency to write down quotes and verses that mean a lot to me. And once in awhile I will share them with you all. So I thought today I would do that.
A life that glorifies God is a life that reveals God
I like this quote because it’s so true! We are called to glorify God in all that we say and do. And the more we do that, the more we reveal God!
Prayer is about aligning our heart’s preferences with God’s will.
It’s so easy to just pray for me, me, me. To pray for what we want in life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to pray for ourselves. But we must remember that God’s plan for our lives may not necessarily be what we plan for our lives. We must remember to align what we want with what God wants.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
It’s easy to put all of our attention on the things that really don’t matter. In the moment, they seem to matter. They seem to be the most important things but they’re not. We must remember to turn our attention on God and focus on what’s truly important.
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
Temptation is an easy thing to fall into. BUT God is faithful and will help us!
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
We must fight it and put all of our focus into following the Lord. But when we do fall into temptation, when we do give in to it, God will provide a way out.
Hey y’all, today I thought I’d share with you all some of my favorite Bible verses:
Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Psalm 40:1-2 “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and hear my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalm 46:10 “He says, Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:31, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!
What are some of your favorite verses? I’d love to see them!