I know I just sent an update out a while ago but I was just doing a bit of thinking today (ya, Lauren was surprised, too haha) and I came across something that just really helped me get through the day so I thought I would share it with you.
I’m starting to see some of the harsh realities that come from living on a sin-filled planet. (Not to say that I’m just now starting to realize this, but this reality has just been becoming more and more clear as the days turn into weeks and it seems like life has been a constant flow of ups and downs). The dual nature that I possess as a Christian is constantly driving me to become more like Christ and yet at the same time pulling me back down into the gutter of society and the sin that has definite control over it. These realities have become even more evident as the end of yet another block draws rapidly closer. Homework has been piling up and it seems like no matter how tightly I pack my schedule, there just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything.
As I sat there and pondered on the harsh realities of life, the Lord brought to mind 2 Timothy 4:16-18 “At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen” Here’s a man, who is about to be executed, whose friends have deserted him, and yet what does he say? “The Lord stood with me and strengthened me.” WOW! That was a huge whack over the head for me.
That got me thinking about Philippians 4:11, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances“. Man, here I am, being filled with the Word and having the Lord’s hand miraculously displayed to me every day, and I can still find a way to be anxious and frustrated? The flesh is so gross isn’t it?
I just thought that this would be a helpful encouragement to you all because I know that I don’t even know the half of it when it comes to suffering. I pray that in everything you do today, and for the rest of your lives, that the Lord would just show you His power and lift you up to Him in whatever circumstances you may be in. Thank you all so very much for your encouragement, thank you for listening to my spiritual epiphanies, and thanks, above all, for your prayers.
Romans 5:17 “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirits (as He has been with mine) Amen.” Phil 4:23
Sincerely yours in Christ: Mark & Lauren
New Tribes Bible Institute