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Paul, the great fighter.(and the chiefest of sinners), conquered the downward drag toward depression and was hot for the things of the Creator: Philippians 3:7-14 "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge.(note how important knowledge is).of Christ Emmanuel my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ.(note that it's the faith of Christ that keeps one going), the righteousness which is of God by.(or, through, that is, when you have faith, you are as righteous as the Creator is; you'd have to be because the Creator is in you, expressing as you).faith; that I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect, but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Emmanuel. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before.(why is it people look behind so often talking of the "good old days".Ecclesiastes 7:10. Are they just negative about the future?), I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Emmanuel." Job 15:14.

Paul is saying that whatever he has to do to receive the highest reward was worth it for him and it is for us too. Emmanuel advised us on that too.

Paul continues:.2Timothy 4:8 "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of.(or, because of).righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.(and you will if you know you are righteous)."

Paul tied his identity to Christ. Paul knew the Creator's grace would always be sufficient for him, that when he was in the Creator's attitude of grace, that this was the answer and/or understanding to his problems; that this was his unfailing strength. 

Paul was looking for a 'quick fix' to this issue he was dealing with. He apparently had some trouble with his eyes in seeing:.Galatians 4:13-15; 6:11; Colossians 4:18.

The fix was the unfailing strength of the Creator:.2Corinthians 12:7-10 "And lest I should be exalted.(the Creator wants us to rely upon him, not prideful over what we may have been given in the way of abilities and material goods).above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan.(one of the devil's demons).to buffet.(original means 'to prune', 'to keep in check', in other words, to keep him cognizant of reliance upon his Creator).me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you. For my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions.(2Timothy 3:12), in distresses for Christ's sake, for when I am weak, then am I strong." Joel 3:10 "..... let the weak say, I am strong." Isaiah 33:24..Why?

Comprised with Barnes New Testament Notes: Often grace will be imparted if the calamity is not removed. This can be of greater value to the individual than would be the direct answer to his prayer. Such was the case with Paul and with David. The removal of the calamity might be apparently a blessing, but if not removed there is still something to be learned, as there was in the lives of David, Job, Jeremiah, Moses and Paul.

The Creator has often some better thing in store for us than would be the immediate answer to our prayer:.Romans 8:28.

It was the design of the Creator to humble.Paul and the Creator figured, in His wisdom, that this could be accomplished by continuing his affliction and by imparting the promised grace, rather than by withdrawing the affliction and withholding the grace. The very thing to be done was to keep him humble. Why? See the Paul subject and read about his life. 

The affliction was not removed, but there was a promise that the favour of Christ would flow.

But sometimes in each of our lives, it feels like there is little or no hope for going on. These scriptures are then helpful and so is this movie.

And,.1Corinthians 1:25-29 "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men.(*). For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world.(the things many out there would think were odd; such 'foolish' things which are of God; such 'foolish' things that are the wisdom of the Creator; such 'foolish' things that are so strange to others who know not God yet).to confound the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base things of the world and things which are despised has God chosen, yea and things which are not.(at the present, have no influence), to bring to nought things that are. That no flesh should glory in his.(or, 'its'; meaning the person; that is, no flesh should think it is above others.(Philippians 2:3,4).because we all have our individual pathways according to our life's purpose).presence."

Our lives lack finesse in so many areas. We often botch much of what we get involved with. Such is the way of the ego. Things we seek often go awry, off on a very different course than the way we would prefer. People prefer not the hard things for learning, but the comfortable and pleasurable. But the Creator has different plans for all and each of us that we would think He would have and greater plans than you could imagine:.1Corinthians 2:9.

Most people have a different outlook regarding their weaknesses.

Where are you weak? Are you good looking enough? Got enough money? An excellent parent? Got intelligence and finesse? Health good? Got good relationships

Got too many trials in life?.Romans 8:35-37 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for your sake we are killed all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."

1Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Emmanuel the Christ." 1John 5:4 "..... this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith."

Focus on Him! You do this by always being aware that you have your Creator's nature of love in you when you look for opportunities to use it:.Hebrews 12:22-24.

Emmanuel came to Earth, giving up what He had in that realm, suffering here.(Philippians 2:7-9), rising from the dead and now eternally reigning over all things, provides confidence to us that nothing can ever separate us from this Eternal Being flowing as us through life.

This life is nothing in comparison with what's to come, and I don't mean 'going to heaven'.Hebrews 10:34 ".....you have in heaven a better and an enduring substance."
   1Corinthians 2:9

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday! When you walk daily in the light of higher consciousness things, worry is always absent and one becomes strong. Put all your concerns into the hands of the non local mind, the universal intelligent powerful energy we commonly refer to as the Creator or God. When and how do you do this? 

Take an interest in the future. That's where you'll spend what's left of your life! Why screw up your future by robbing your present planning time with thoughts of worry. One of the great energy thiefs is worry and the other is guilt. Master the things that contribute to both and you'll have a solid handle on life.

Some people worry over mostly anything, even dandruff, which, after all, does not crawl around! To worry about what we cannot help is useless. To worry about what we can do something about is stupid!

Getting depressed over yourself is the problem, according to Psychologist Martin Seligman.

It's usually the self you may be depressed about. Get over it quickly by losing yourself in loving others, caring for them, helping them out, praying for them and thinking about their lives and what you wish would be better for them.

Some people mourn over sufferings, yet do not alter the things they could change that cause them sufferings. This is not insanity. It's 'unsanity'. 

Worry depresses people. Whenever you are robbed by worry, remember, it is always an inside job.

Today will soon be history and tomorrow's a mystery. Why worry! Worry involves thoughts of unsureness regarding one's constantly changing place in life.

One trusting in the Great Infinite One, commonly called God, does not worry, because he knows he has already given up his life:.James 4:14; Colossians 3:3. He understands God is in total control of absolutely all and feels confident placing his hands in His hands.

Worry never changes a single thing, except him who worries. It is a fact that 90% of worries never come to pass and the other 10% can be circumvented if one is smart about life.
 


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Some people don't suffer from insanity, they
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"We work to become, not to acquire."
...Elbert Hubbard, editor
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