8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.”
[Dedicated to the one whose “heart is heavy” and those going through trials…]
As believers, understand that when we accept Christ, the enemy will come and try to steal our joy. Storms will come, but we have an anchor that even when the waves, wind, and rain seem unbearable–that anchor is Jesus Christ. Whenever there is a situation that keeps wearing you down, we must look towards the one who is bigger than our situation. If people hurt you or disappoint you, we must not look at them….for our battle is “not against flesh but against powers and principalities…” Ephesians 6:12. Besides, how many times do we hurt and disappoint God?…we should grant others that same grace.
Unfortunately, when we come out of one storm and another one hits, we can forget about how God who brought us out before. Lately, it seems like I have been letting the same issues upset me and it wasn’t until I read this chapter that I realized why I’ve been “Running in Circles.”….I was not dying to self–I was not letting go of my expectations, my plans, my past hurts, nor present pain. Jesus said, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it”- Mark 8:35. If you find yourself still struggling with the same issues or in the same boat, maybe you haven’t completely handed the situation over to Him. So trust God completely with your situation. We must die to self, to live for Christ.
In His Love,
“Running In Circles” by Will Reagan & United Pursuit Band