Yeah...so...God still speaks...conviction and encouragement wrapped up in one...His Word hit me like a Mack truck today.
2 Corinthians 6:3-10 (NLT)
We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
What was I complaining about? Was it that I was beaten and put in prison? No, that’s not it. Was it that I haven’t eaten or had shelter over my head for days? No, that wasn’t it either. Angry mobs, sleepless nights and worked till exhaustion? No. It was nothing like that. I am clothed, fed, washed, had a good nights sleep in my bed, and surrounded by those that love God. So, why was I complaining again?
2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 16-18 (NKJV)
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
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 is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Hold up! Did Paul just say that imprisonment, faced by angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food is "light affliction"??? Yep, yep he did.
Lord, help me to see that which is unseen and eternal. Forgive me for the victim mentality. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in this world. So, Lord, I focus on You and use the weapons of righteousness to press forward. I choose to remain in joy for though I own nothing, I have everything!