Fresh Perspective For A New Year

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For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

I think it's unbelievable that Paul wrote this. Primarily because Paul's life of persecution requires us to read these words from his perspective. He does what we should all do in affliction. He weighs on the fulcrum of life the weight of present afflictions against the weight of God's glory. And on the fulcrum, there is no comparison. You have to get a new scale. This is why Paul calls all present afflictions "light" and "momentary."

So yes, the messaging in our world is pretty messed up today. And yes, our afflictions are getting greater. But maybe as we approach a new year, we should weigh all these "present and seen afflictions" against all God's unseen glory. Because fellas, there is no comparison. God's glory is greater. We have to stay focused on eternal matters and not be weighed down by the matters of this life.

So today, get some fresh perspective by moving your focus from the things of this life to the things of God's glory. Let the issues of this life become lighter. See them as momentary and temporary. For a day is coming of permanent glory. Till then, worship God and stay focused on him.

ASK THIS: Is your perspective all messed up? Are you giving too much weight to the matters of this world? If so, confess this below.

DO THIS: Give weight to eternal matters. Glorify God and stay focused on him.

PRAY THIS: God, my attention has been too focused on matters of this life. Turn my attention to you. May I give you and eternity the weight they deserve.

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  1. Trent says:

    I feel like adding this to today’s points for pondering, Romans 8:6 “To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” I aim to keep my mind on His plan and kingdom, anybody with me? I pray someone is there, and know there will be, to help me up when I falter.

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    • Mark says:

      I’m with you Trent, it’s a daily walk, and a deliberate action to focus on Him and His kingdom daily. We are by nature sinful men, but God redeems us and forgives us as He always has and will. It’s our heart and our desire to be more like Christ that is important. You’re in my prayers brother, and I’d be more than willing to help, talk, or partner with you in prayer. I’d be more than glad to provide a contact emai if you’d like. We’re all in this together!

      • Trent says:

        It was more of a hypothetical type need. Or general statement? IDK. Anyway, I thank you very much for your willingness to help a brother in Christ. I happen to have a very good home church with some quite willing and supportive men in it. We are all in this together and if you “see” me, or someone else, with their hand out, BY GOLLY Do NOT HESITATE TO GRAB IT! haha thank you again. God bless

        • mark says:

          Trent, so glad to hear that you have such a strong Church and network of men! That truly is a blessing. So many men today are hurting and need the support of brothers , prayer partners and the support of other men in Christ. I will always reach out that hand!

  2. Nathanieal says:

    I am blessed by today’s devotional. I admit that my mind and thoughts are 70 percent focus on the afflictions and concerns of this life. I have these thoughts on where I believe I should be in life and these thoughts really keep me from where I need to be in life, focus on Him and His glory.
    Abandoning self-focus is what I have begun to do and look forward to as I go into the New Year.
    God bless,
    Nathanieal.

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  3. Sheldon says:

    Yes I think so, i confess that i need to refocus on things of eternal value for the things that we invest more time on are quickly passing but it is the things of eternal value that last forever.

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  4. Carl Snider says:

    It’s hard not to focus on the matters of this life when it involves your wife. We have been married 41 years and she has hurt me deeply multiple times but has never made amends. God has shown me 6 years ago what transpired during my wife’s childhood years to help explain why she is this way. She is seeking God to help her thru the child trauma she has goon thru. People have asked me why I don’t leave her and my answer is God has not told me to. He has told me to love her just like he loves her. Please pray for both of us that God will lift the burden of this broken marriage and transform it into the marriage He has planned. That we become one again.

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    • Dave says:

      Carl may God give you strength and help you to focus on Him. My story is similar to yours and I believe your message today was given to encourage me and others in similar situations. God bless you and your wife.

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    • Sheldon says:

      Hi Carl what you are saying is so true it’s hard not to focus on things of this earth while you are at home in the body, I think is what we do need is brothers like yourself who would help us navigate through life, thanks for being the strong man that you are and I want to assure you of my prayers blessings.

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    • Trent says:

      People are imperfect and broken. May God bless you for seeking to follow His will and may He mend your marriage until you both receive blessings from it. Strength to you.

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