Hard Pressed but Not Crushed



But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body (2 Cor. 4:7-10).

A fair number of those that follow The Voice of One deal with chronic conditions like MS, fibromyalgia, cancer, and others.  If that is you, I am praying today that you’ll be encouraged.  I work with people who have disabilities, ongoing medical issues, and the like.  I know that your struggles can be harder than most. You deal with pain, limitations, or grief because your life has changed.  We all look forward to that day when the Lord wipes away every tear, when death, grief, crying, and pain have been erased from our experience (Rev. 21:4). But be encouraged; God is working through your life now.  If you feel limited, incapacitated, or weak His strength is being perfected in you (2 Cor. 12:9). Your condition, disability, or illness is not a barrier to God’s power; it is the opportunity for power (2 Cor. 12:10).  I believe that power will manifest in your life and the lives of others in ways you could never ask for or imagine (Eph. 3:20). I pray that He will strengthen you with all power through His Spirit; that whatever is happening to your outer person, your inner person will be renewed daily (Eph. 3:16; 2 Cor. 4:16).  “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” (Gal. 6:18).

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Patrick says:

    Good words Teague. I am going to share this with my Mom. She is having hip replacement surgery later this month.

    1. mrteague says:

      Thanks, Patrick. I pray her surgery goes well!

  2. Dennis Patrick says:

    Very encouraging! Very appropriate! Thanks, Teague.

    1. mrteague says:

      Thank you, Dennis 🙂

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