Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

Hello Friends,

The following devotional thought is from our Associate Pastor Cory Knowland. Enjoy.

2nd Corinthians 2:14-18 says “…because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Paul is stating some facts about Jesus, his life, death and resurrection, and our relationship to Christ, and the benefits of Christian living as a result. Gratefulness, and a developing understanding of Gods greater work in us should give us a different view; a much better and refined vision of what life and eternity is for us in our acceptance of Jesus Christ as savior, and our eternity as this reality gives way to the greater reality to come: an eternity in God’s presence!

Our lives on planet earth are wonderfully complex, filled with great struggles, challenges, great victories and amazing adventures. Our culture, personal experiences, even our DNA at times can cause us to see things, often incorrectly, incompletely, inaccurately and sometimes just completely wrong! What God offers us is abundant life, eternal life…the promise that this isn’t all there is, power in the name of Jesus to stand strong, to stand against the enemies of this world, and the strength to not only overcome the challenges we face everyday as humans, but to face it with peace, joy and a contentment we cannot imagine! But we must choose to begin to intentionally look and see life and its strange and wonderful adventures through the lens God provides through His Word, through a multitude of good and Godly counsel, and by the regular and intentional promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Father, please open the eyes and the ears of our hearts to see and hear your greater will, your great work in us, and the incredible life and eternity we are privileged to walk out everyday in the name of Jesus. God, I am so grateful for you, for the salvation I have in the name of Jesus, and the abundant life I enjoy, regardless of my circumstances.

Nothing escapes you Lord. Thank you! Amen.


Cory Knowland

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