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Sip the suffering of today

By Dave Henning / March 27, 2019

“We must sip the suffering of today, so we don’t have to drown in the devastations of tomorrow. . . .  we have to be poured into circumstances that will result in our being transformed if we want to gain spiritual strength.”- Lysa TerKeurst

As Lysa TerKeurst continues Chapter 10 of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way,  she stresses what we need to do in the midst of our disappointments and hard times.  During such times, it’s crucial that we seek transformation.  We need to do so in order to think biblically, process truth instinctively, and trust God implicitly.

Therefore, in contrast, we must rid ourselves of the dregs of weakness, fear, and complacency.  In addition, we need to drop our hopeless resignation that life’s unfair and that God’s unjust.  Because, Ms. TerKeurst notes, sitting in those dregs causes us to absorb more and more of the world’s thinking.  Most noteworthy, when we think like the world, that leads to the death of our hope, peace, and joy.

Hence, Lysa explains, God’s Word and God’s way must transform us.  We cannot go long periods of time untouched by God.  The author continues:

“When we ask for God’s strength, peace, courage, and the ability to overcome and to right the wrongs, God will pour us into circumstances He knows will infuse us with the very things we’ve ask Him to grow in us. . . .  The process of acquiring these good qualities doesn’t usually feel good at the time, but it will be good in time.”

Today’s question: Do you feel that to sip the suffering of today keeps you from drowning the devastations of tomorrow?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Using God’s truth as your fighting words”

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Dave Henning