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06/26/2012

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Uncompromising


"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).

Life is not always a bowl of cherries. Hardships will most certainly come our way, but Jesus, through His grace, has it covered. Our bodies are aptly compared to clay jars in today's verses. I believe that the apostle Paul uses this symbolism to get an important point across to us. It is about the weakness, frailty and commonality of the body. We are subject to attack from many fronts and the human body is subject to failure. Paul talked about buffeting his body to keep it in subjection. I don't believe that he did this physically, but rather spiritually...In essence, he tells us that we must be strong spiritually to ward off the constant attacks that the world will bombard us with. To those with the strong spirits and souls will come the privileges. To those who are unwilling to compromise their spiritual integrity, commitment, and love will come the promises. Those promises are not for those who are fickle, but rather for the faithful. The ultimate rewards will be showered on those that are immovable in the times of temptation...Unshakable when our clay jars are in danger of breaking..... The faithful will always believe what God says rather than man, and never leave their post unguarded. To those who make the choice to know God and be faithful, will come the blessings that only He can give. We must be uncompromising....

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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