The Struggle is Real

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The struggle is real.. The Apostle Paul knew a little about what it was like to struggle. In fact here in 2 Corinthians Chapter 11 we are given some insights to his struggle:

-Five times the Jews gave him thirty-nine lashes

-Three times he was beaten with rods

-He was stoned once

-Three times shipwrecked

-Endured one night and a day adrift at sea

-In danger of robbers, his own people, the Gentiles, in the city, in the wilderness, in the sea, in rivers, and danger of false brothers

-In toil and hardship

-Enduring sleepless nights

-Many times he was hungry and thirsty

-Cold and exposed to harsh elements

-Pressured by anxiety for all the churches

To all my sisters out there, that difficult relationship you’re in, those married couples you’re counseling, the exasperating child you’re trying to raise, it’s all part of the struggle. When God told Joshua, “Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you..” God didn’t just hand them the keys to the Promised Land and tell them to move on in. They had to fight! Once the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, they knew there would not only be a physical fight but a spiritual fight to face as well.

When the struggle is real in our lives, let us always remember what Paul closed with in 2 Corinthians 13:11-12:

  • Be joyful
  • Grow to maturity
  • Encourage each other
  • Live in harmony and peace
  • Greet each other with Christian love

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

 Finding Strength in the Struggle,


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One Comment

  1. Shelly Johns
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Praise God for REAL help in the struggle! Thank you for the powerful reminder, Shana!

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