(2 Corinthians 1:8-10)
"We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us."
Have you ever felt this way? You know, just felt like nothing in your life was going right. I think that some of us feel this way more than we let on. Paul was describing a time in his life in which he felt like he actually wasn't even gonna live anymore; a time that was so bad that he couldn't see anything getting better. He uses the terms "crushed" and "overwhelmed" to show us exactly what was going on in his heart.
I think, sadly, that many christians walk in the world with this "crushed" and "overwhelmed" feeling. I would go as far as to say that it dominates many peoples lives. When Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for our FREEDOM, His intention was that we would be FREE from this "overwhelmed" and "crushed" feeling that Paul is describing. While Jesus was hanging on the cross His hope was that we would have an abundant life! Not just any abundant life, but a life without condemnation, without fear, and without being crushed and overwhelmed.
So how do we break this - Paul said it best; "But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead." Yes! That's right, if God can raise the dead then he can change the circumstances of your life. The question is can you trust the Lord? Can you put your confidence in Him? Can you let go and let God rescue you?
Learn to rely on God, and stop trying to fix everything yourself. Because of the wonderful price that Jesus paid you can lean on Him in times of despair. He will rescue you...He wants to rescue you!
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May God Bless You Richly