Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. -2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)
In an office I occasionally visit is a painting of a beautiful adobe doorway leading to a courtyard. Above that doorway is a sign that simply says, RESURGAM. Above that word is a cross. After some Googling, I learned that the location of that sign was a historic site in California, Mission San Juan Capistrano, named after St. John of Capistrano, Italy.
“Resurgam” is a Latin word that means, “I shall rise again.”
As believers, we face spiritual battles from the moment we open our eyes till the moment we close them at night. And as the day grows longer, so does the intensity of the attacks from the world, and even in our own minds: temptation, condemnation, fear, doubt, envy. Prayer is our first line of defense.
But because God’s mercies are upon us anew each morning, and because we surrender all our burdens to Him throughout the day, and before we close our eyes at night, we can rise again.
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. -2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)
We age and ache a little more each day, but can take the world off like a cloak and shake off its cares and worries. Each time we trust in God by keeping our eyes fixed on Him, that cloak gets lighter and lighter. As soon as we forget that, it gets very, very heavy.
We are believers…spiritual warriors who carry the torch for Christ all day, every day. And because He rose, we shall rise again every day the Lord gives us breath!