“When you use this, you will be younger and shinier”, said the persuasive salesman to the prospective customer. Wow! A lotion that will make me “Younger and Shinier”! I was almost pulled into the vortex of their conversation as I walked by. After all, who wouldn’t want to be “Younger and Shinier” by the mere application of this, miracle lotion! Thank God I came to my senses quickly and kept on walking! I have to admit though, that I admired this salesman’s commitment to his product.
Recently, I was reminded of this salesman’s claims of being made, “younger and shinier” by using his product, when the Lord brought the word, “Resilient” to me along with this scripture:
Psalm 34:5 (TPT);
“Gaze upon Him, join your life with His, and joy will come. Your face will glisten with Glory. You’ll never wear that shame face again”.
The Lord is clearly interested in us being made, “younger and shinier”, not through superficial means however but in a “Resilient” manner. He is letting us know, through His Word that when we look to Him we will literally, “Glisten with Glory”, from an inward joy because we have chosen to, “Gaze upon Him” and “join our life to His”. The results of this kind of total trust, love and commitment to The Lord? “You’ll never wear that shame face again”. Shame will age you, my friend, on the other hand, keeping our gaze upon Him, “The Author and Finisher of our faith”, (ref. Hebrews 12:2 (b) are rejuvenating!
The definition of the word Resilient is, “Able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions”. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Resilient this way, “Capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture”. Perhaps one of the most impacting descriptions of the word Resilient from The Merriam Webster Dictionary is this, “Implies the ability to recover shape quickly when deforming force or pressure is removed”
In Acts 14:19-20 (TPT) we witness an incredible event in the life of Paul the Apostle, one of the most “Resilient” men that ever lived:
“Some of the Jews who had opposed Paul and Barnabas in Antioch and Iconium arrived and stirred up the crowd against them. They stoned Paul and dragged his body outside the city and left him for dead.” “When the believers encircled Paul’s body, he miraculously stood up! Paul stood and immediately went back into the city. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe”.
Talk about “recovering quickly when deforming force or pressure is removed”! The Apostle Paul is the epitome of the word “Resilient” and we can learn a lot about being resilient from his life and testimony today. As a matter of fact, Paul reveals to us in his own words in 2nd Corinthians 4:8-10 (TPT) the cause and effect of a “Resilient” life.
“Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option”. “We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out”. “We continually share in the death of Jesus in our own bodies so that the Resurrection life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity”.
The Apostle Paul went through so much, yet he did not grow weaker, he grew stronger and more “resilient” as he learned to “lean not on his own understanding, but to acknowledge God in ALL of his ways”. Ref. Proverbs 3:5-6. ” You are more “Resilient” than you think! Just keep getting up no matter what the trial, test or challenge may be. Like the Apostle Paul, Jesus wants to reveal His Resurrection Life through your humanity! Continue to keep your gaze upon Him and you will, “never have to wear that shame face again”! Yes, my friend, your Resilient Best Is Here to Stay, because God through His Son Jesus Made The Way! As a matter of fact, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror looking more,
“younger and shinier”every day!
Questions For Your “Resilient Glow”.
1. How quickly do you recover from offense and tribulation in your life?
2. How do you respond to offense and tribulation when it comes your way?
3. What can you do to improve in your relationship with others?
4. Is there some area of your life that you need to get up and just keep
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