Afflicted, but victorious

2 Corinthians 4:8-9  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

We face all sorts of opposition in this life, both before and after our conversion and rebirth in Christ.  As we journey down the road of discipleship we’ll meet lots of challenges along the way, but they can be used to build us up instead of destroying us.  With God on our side, we will be victorious.

As followers of Jesus, we don’t operate in our own strength, we have the Creator by our side.  His strength is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)  His power shows through when we have none.  When we embrace our weakness and rest in Him, His power shows in us. When we’re weak, then we’re strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

It’s for the sake of Christ that we endure all this life has to throw at us.  It’s so His power can be made known, so His strength can be evident in our lives.  We’re given over to death in this body so that His life can be made real in us for all to see.  It’s for His glory that we face trials, and just as we die like Christ we’ll be resurrected and glorified. He was victorious over death, so now we can be too.