Thinking Eternally, Living Fearlessly Part 6

12 Mar

The light comes out in our words.

We, having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written: “I believed and therefore have I spoken” — we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise us up also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that, through the thanksgiving of many, the abundant grace might redound to the glory of God. 2 Cor. 4:13-15 KJ21

We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise! 2 Cor. 4:13-15 MSG

I like the boisterousness of the Message version of these verses.  We’re not keeping this quiet, not on our lives!

If we die to ourselves and stop being egocentric we will be able to have an attitude of faith.  We will be able to walk by faith and not by sight.  (2 Cor. 5:7)  Faith is being available to God’s faithfulness.  Having faith that 1) We have the treasure of Jesus Christ in these earthen vessels, 2) That He is with us in times of trouble, and 3) Dying to ourselves is the key to thinking eternally, we can shout out, “I believed it, so I said it.”

Verse 15 says that all things are for our sakes.  What does this mean?

  1. All of these problems and pressures we’ve looked at in 2 Cor. 4:8,9 will work change in us if we allow them to.  The enemy sends problems to squash us like grapes and God works them for good in our lives. (Rom. 8:28)
  2. The grace of God spreads to more people through our problems.  As we experience problems, believe in Him, and speak of our belief, the light comes out in our words and God’s grace is spread to others.

Are you willing to look at problems as opportunities–both for you and for those in your life?

Eternal thinking leads to peace.


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