Thursday, January 6, 2011

Truth for Thursday

I am continuing “Truth for Thursday” here at Being Refined As Silver.  We are on the last chapter of “Lies Women Believe”, chapter 11: “The Truth That Sets Us Free”.  It will take several weeks to review this chapter, so I hope you will continue to come back each week. 

Nancy Leigh DeMoss encourages her readers to take time to savor these liberating, life-changing truths.  She suggests saying each Truth aloud, again and again until your thinking becomes aligned with God’s way of thinking. 

Here is the twenty-first truth:

My suffering will not last forever.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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Nancy Leigh DeMoss writes, “All suffering is purposeful and intentional.  God has a specific objective in mind for our suffering.  He knows exactly the intensity and the duration that are needed to fulfill His purposes.  He will not allow any suffering to last any longer or to be any more severe than is necessary to accomplish His will.” (page 264-265)

In the midst of suffering we often feel like it will never end.  It is difficult to see beyond the moment.  We can’t rely on our feelings, but we can rely on God’s Word and it tells us differently.  As Christians there will be an end to our suffering. 

"Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for the new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”  2 Peter 3:13

We can keep fighting the good fight knowing that He has promised to be with us to the end. 

“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5

We can take comfort in knowing that our suffering will not last forever.

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:4

Praise God!

I am linking up today at Women Living Well.  I know I am a day late :)  Won’t you join me?

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~Theresa

 

12 comments:

  1. Oh Theresa, I am always so thankful you do these Truths for Thursdays!! What a wonderful reminder that God uses our suffering for good!
    Have a wonderful day, dear friend!
    Jessica

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  2. Hi Theresa! Thank you for stopping by! What a great post ;o) I love how God hammers home a point over & over until we get it! My post on Joseph, and your post above! Also this past week in my bible study at church (we're studying the book of John) we delved in to the healing of the blind man. And found that the blind man was indeed born blind so that God's goodness could be shown to all!

    "As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

    “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him." John 9:1-3

    So while I may be suffering through infertility right now rather than question why? I trust that God will use this suffering for His glory!! And I am excited to see how He uses me!

    Blessings,
    Lisa

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  3. Yes! Jesus didn't suffer so that we wouldn't, he suffered so that when we suffered we would become more like him!! =) =)

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  4. Love this Theresa! Suffering is a part of life we all would just as soon do without... but it is the very thing that molds and shapes us and brings appreciation and gratitude to our heart! One of my favorite scriptures has always been.... "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world!" John 16:33

    Your GMG Friend
    Missy

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  5. Wonderful post!! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Yes! This is so true! Jesus didn't die so we wouldn't suffer, he died so that in our suffering we would be made to be more like him!

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  7. Theresa,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving a comment! I'm reasonably new at this blogging thing and it's nice to know there are other ladies out there striving for godliness! Thanks, too, for your encouraging post today. Blessings to you and yours,
    Lisa (Happy in Dole Valley)

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  8. So easy to want to run, so hard to stop and say, No this is for my good. Good word.

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  9. I absolutely love the biblical focus Nancy gives to suffering. The "whys" can really get us down when we, or someone we love, is suffering. This message is one that we would do well to internalize BEFORE we are in the midst of a painful valley. Good stuff, Theresa. TFS.
    Blessings,
    Toni

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  10. Excellent, excellent words of wisdom. So often I fight and bristle at the hard times in life when instead I should be resting in the Father in all things. And praising Him. Blessed be the Name!

    Thanks for the info on 21 days being a habit. I'm back on day 1.

    Blessings, friend!

    Rachel

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  11. Hey friend! I'm presenting you with the Stylish Blogger Award. Stop by and pick it up! Happy Saturday! :o)

    Larri at Seams Inspired

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  12. I wish you Happy New 2011!
    क्या कहने साहब ।
    जबाब नहीं निसंदेह ।
    यह एक प्रसंशनीय प्रस्तुति है ।
    धन्यवाद ।
    satguru-satykikhoj.blogspot.com

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