Encouragement via E-mail

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Here’s is today’s devo:

An Eternal Perspective

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

—2 Corinthians 4:18

When you are younger, you think certain things are always good, while other things are always bad. For example, success is always good, and hardship is always bad. But when you have lived life for awhile, you can look back and realize that success actually can be bad for some. And hardship actually can be good for others. You begin to see things differently. And sometimes the things you thought were really good things turned out to be bad things. And the things that you thought were bad things turned out to be good things.

We must realize as Christians that God is in control of all circumstances surrounding our lives. God takes all of the events of life, the good things and the so-called bad things, and works them “together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).

We must also realize that God loves us and is always looking out for our eternal benefit—even if what we are presently going through is difficult. We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:17–18, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

Are you thankful for what God has blessed you with? Have you given thanks recently for your health? For the freedom to worship openly? For the clothes on your back and the roof over your head? We need to give thanks to God—because there is so much to give thanks for.


10 thoughts on “Encouragement via E-mail”

  1. Matt says:

    Pastor Greg, thank you for sharing what our Lord is placing in your heart, may He continue to bless the work He has given you to do. In Christ Bro Matt

  2. R.Lara-Moore says:

    God is so good! He is, well, awesome . To hold all our hearts and troubles and that He doesn’t give up on us but is always there when we go to him. I wish I could fast forward to be what God is shaping me to be but I have to know God knows what and why way better than I do… being the Creator of the universe and all! My husband divorced me to be with someone else when my girl was in kindergarten. Now she is a teen. Last year I was hit by a drunk driver, underinsured, had to have spinal sx or risk paralysis. They terminated my job within days of my clearance to return to work. So now I’m coasting and waiting on the Lord, again. I have a few months left before I can’t pay my rent. But God is good! And I will pray for you. My hearts wish is that I can help share the comfort that God gives, even as I am hurting and needing His comfort. God is good, and He is there for us.

  3. hector macias says:

    Reading what just read couldnt be more on the money, before being transfered and taking a pay cut I thought I was Christain and was doing very well because of it. Instead I was at the lounge daily supposedly networking and wondering why I was feeling a block on my spiritual growth. Now with less money in my bank account I find myself closer to the Gospal and spend much more time at my wonderfull home and I am positive that in the end of my trail I will be all the better for it. Thank you Greg for all your hard work and that by this trial I came to hear you speak the word now almost daily on KKLA.

  4. Joseph Cortese says:

    Just to let you know Pastor Greg that I’ve been hearing you on the TV
    Harvest.Org program and you have blessed my life as well my wife.
    I’ll be praying for you that God will continue to bless you and use you
    mightily in your preaching. I’ve listen to you today on the message
    from the adulterous woman who was thrown at the feet of Jesus.
    It was awesome! God bless you richly!

    Please drop me a shot line if you can. Thanks! Bless you!

  5. Flavia Borduz says:

    Please keep my family in your prayers. Satan is trying to destroy what God put together. My husband is going through many spiritual battles, and I say this with an agonizing heart, is pulling away from my Lord Jesus Christ. Please, please, please, keep him in your payers that he would come back whole heartedly and to stop going through the motions and become one with Christ. Thank you so very much and God bless you all.

  6. javier loya says:

    thank you .

  7. James says:

    I also am encouraged after reading this. I am facing the lowest point in my life so far. My wife and I are headed for devorce and even though I want to restore our marriage she doesn’t. I will keep my eyes on the Lord and His will for me.

  8. Edward says:

    Am encouraged after reading this word, am facing diffculties in my life as i’am spkeaking right now, just to say i love this continue God bless.

  9. mayra ameneiro says:

    I love listening to pastor Laurie in the morning on my way to work it fills me up with the spirit of knowledge,the way pastor laurie breaks down into simple terms the scriptures is really a blessing. I was hoping to see him on the One conference but is not doable at all due to economical stress but I am blessed listening to him on the radio, and I know if God wants I will hear and see him in person someday,for it is not the pastor that feeds my soul but rather his words of one who is greater then us all, and that is what pastor laurie give us,through radio,or in person…thank you for the spiritual feeding…

  10. Veronica Powell says:

    Amen pastor. Thank you for this posting. We have to come to the place where we trust God completely. If he gives us a word we have to go with it and leave all the consequences to him.

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