Thrive | II Corinthians 4

Thrive

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My Lord has encouraged my soul on this morning. I adore my Savior, He is amazing at knowing my every need. Before I call, my Lord answers. Everything that the Holy Spirit has brought to the forefront of my mind, speaking to me, whispering gently;… and all of the scriptures, blogs and tweets that I have been reading just today alone… have referenced “abiding in Jesus.” That “He is the VINE, the True Vine.”

The music, songs and anthems on the radio have said: To “THRIVE” in Jesus; “be rooted,” and to “remain whole.” …To “keep the faith” and to “renew your mind.” Thus, the song on the radio goes on to say: “It’s time for us to more than just survive. We were made to thrive.” The “Made to Thrive” photo illustration above even shows a glimmer and a shadow of a tree’s branches and its vines. Amen. With this, we know now that we were made to thrive and further, to flourish; to have an abundant life (John 10:10a) and to be deeply connected to Jesus, our sole source (OUR SOUL’S SOURCE).

God comforts by not only showing us something once, but over, and over, more and more. Constantly reinforcing that relationship we have in Him. It’s like a conversation. He speaks one thing to your spirit, then you see the words somewhere; or you see the scripture confirmation. Hallelujah. And then, Jesus will comfort you with more and more, and more things that He speaks to your spirit; or shows you in the flesh — right in front of your eyes.

To illustrate and share what the Lord has done for me: this morning I read II Corinthians 4 (see below verses). –> Then, the word “Thrive” came to mind (which is a song that I hear every day on the radio). –> Next, I Googled the phrase “Made to Thrive” since this related directly to the Christian song that is popular right now and contained the same word that the Lord brought to my spirit. –> When I Googled this phrase, an image popped up with a Christian blog post linked to it. –> I clicked the blog post, and there… the exact chapter that the Lord led me to this morning while I was reading my bible at work: “II Corinthians 4” staring right at me.

GLORY! IT WAS AMAZING TO SAY THE LEAST! AMAZING!! God saw my need and brought me to the place in His word that I needed to be in that very moment. His spirit comforts me with something similar to: “Here beloved. Here is what I need you to see today. This is the sustenance that I have for your soul this morning. Read my word and be made whole; be made stronger.”

Renew your “inward man” (your spirit) every day. We need to DO THIS to remain, and WE NEED THIS TO THRIVE. Hallelujah.

So, how do you renew your spirit? How do you renew your mind? You simply open your Bible and sup with His holy word. You feed on it like your life depends on it – which it does. God’s scriptures are more fulfilling than any earthly food you could ever eat. It is more satisfying that any honeycomb you will ever taste. And, that is real.

What if we supped with Jesus and His word every day? Every single day of our lives? Our souls would be lifted out of darkness, the very countenance of our faces would shine. Our spirits would be lifted from the pits of solemnity and our outward lives would become transformed as a result of renewing our “inward man.” Our dry places would turn into visions of hope and rays of glory.

II Corinthians 4, King James Version (KJV)

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

 

Take-Away Encouraging Scriptures, Moments and Key Life Phrases:

  • John 16:13 a, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth,”
  • “We Were MADE to THRIVE” (reference John 15:5, John 10:10). “Thrive” – on its most basic level means “To Flourish, be prosperous, be nimble.”
  • II Corinthians 4:16a, “the inward man is renewed day by day.” Amen, we must be renewed in Jesus’ strength day by day. Every day of our lives we need to spend time with Him for our spiritual strength and everlasting, non-perishing sustenance.

See also: Proverbs 20:27Proverbs 18:14Ephesians 3:16.

Be made stronger in the Lord.

Whitney Wilson

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