The following is reblogged from a new blog I just discovered. After checking it out, there does not seem to be any unsavory anythings anywhere there, just some really good posts…like this one:
The Christian views everything in the light of eternity, not in the light of time. It is because we persist in judging everything from the standpoint of time that we get depressed and defeated. What is time, then? Well, time is really “but… a moment.” You think of it in the human, ordinary, earthly manner. And you say, “Seventy years! How long it seems!” Yes, but now take that seventy years and put it into the context of eternity. What is eternity? Well, there is no end to it. Can you think of a million years? Of course not. But then think of a billion years. Of course you cannot. But think of that going on and on and on forever and ever. What is seventy years in that context? It is a moment, a flash. “What is your life?” says James. “It is a vapour” (James 4:14). Like a breath of air, it has come, and it has gone. So the apostle Paul is able to say that our “light affliction” is “but for a moment” because he has this whole new Christian view of time, and as soon as you have this, you are already more than conqueror over everything that is set against you.
(Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “In Trials and Tribulations”)
Truths from God’s Word:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2Cor. 4:16-18)
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 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 DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-39)