A Wonderful Plan For Your Life???

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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,
  • the Holy Spirit within us,
  • and 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.
~2 Corinthians 6

Whoever said it would be easy?

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6 responses »

  1. God has wonderful plans for us, but we don’t get to see the best of it until we see Him. Until then, however, we’ve gotta make it through our struggles here. Good post, Michelle. Great blog!

  2. I see faith as the thing that keeps us moving forward through troubles and hardships and calamities.

    My faith is based on a process, not an entity such as God. The only significant difference to me is that a Christian goes through an additional step before making a major decision in life, seeking guidance from their God.

    Life is the result of a wonderful, beautiful, challenging, plan, no matter what you believe the source of the plan is

  3. Amen, Fred! I do get frustrated with the way we teach in the American church. We seem to believe if we give our hearts to the Lord, all will be well on earth. However, if we are to believe what Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble,” we might want to warn and engage one another in the truth of living for Christ. He suffered…and we will, too.

    Thanks, Laz!! (and I’m sure Bro. Paul thanks you, as well 🙂 )

    I believe the words of Jesus, Ed, that as His followers we will be persecuted. It won’t be an easy life for the Christ follower, if we truly live as radically different as He did. So much of us feel we are to have an easy-going life on earth. That is not at all what He promised. To follow Christ in this world will cause us much trouble. But that’s okay, for we have a greater hope than just this life.

    I am glad that you have found a way to enjoy this life. I have, too. I just see that when He talks about refining us and bringing Him glory, it might not feel so “happy-go-lucky” as He burns our impurities away…

  4. I know, have experienced, and continue to experience exactly what you (and Paul) are talking about.

    As I read more of God’s Word I am learning how limited the English language and the human brain really are. God’s plan for us is wonderful but in a God-oriented-sort-of-way not according to the worldly definition of it.

    Biblically it’s wonderful because it brings God’s glory as opposed to the world’s definition which would have us receive the glory.

    Biblically it’s wonderful because while we may join Christ in some comparatively minor suffering on Earth; His suffering means we don’t get to suffer eternally as opossed to the world’s definition which would have us enjoy now and suffer later.

    Biblically it’s wonderful because His plan makes us more like Him as opposed to the world’s definition which makes us more like it.

    I could go on but I know you get the gist of it.

    It doesn’t feel good at all. And some days, as ashamed as I am to admit it, I am ready to change which definition I choose to live by but praise God He won’t let me go too far with that thought.

    Love you, Sis!

    XO

  5. As long as I keep an eternal perspective, Ayla, I can live with the suffering now. I must remember that we are strangers, aliens, just traveling through to our real home. When I remember that this place is only the shadowlands, not reality (C.S. Lewis), I can keep going. Like you said, “His plan is wonderful but in a God-oriented-sort-of-way”…His economy is so different than ours.

    His ways are not our ways,
    His thoughts are not our thoughts.

    I love you, too, Sweet Girl. XO

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