“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me, I am self sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.” Philipians 4:13 (Amplified)
Sometimes I don’t have strength to overcome the daily struggles and other peoples actions that can get me down. I have found that when I try to overcome in my own strength it makes me more tired and frustrated. This verse tells us that the Lord gives us His strength, we don’t have to fight the battles. Whenever a struggle that your are dealing with comes up in your mind, turn it over to Jesus, even if you have to do that 100 times a day. You will see, He will handle it for you. He empowers you and me to be able to get through all things to live in peace.
“Let be and be still, know, recognize and understand that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
I don’t know about you, but it is very hard for me to “let be and be still”. When situations come up in my life I want to talk about it to others and I want to DO something about it. Here is God though, telling us of a better way. Let Him handle it. I know that’s hard because we can’t SEE Him doing anything, but that’s the part of being still. If we wait on Him, we WILL see how He handles the situation. Think about it, can you handle it better than the creator of the universe? I can’t. He can affect people inside and out! Then the bonus part, He gets all the glory and you get the peace.
Next time a frustrating situation comes up just say, I will be still and know that He is God, He is handling this for me. Say it outloud if you have to. Say it over and over, but say it and believe it.
“I appeal to you brothers and sisters, and beg of you, in view of all the mercies of God to make a decisive dedication of your bodies, presenting all your members and faculties, as a living sacrifice, holy – devoted and consecrated – and well pleasing to God which is your reasonable, rationale, intelligent service and spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1
In this verse Paul is begging us to offer ourselves to God because of all that God has done for us. If you are a believer you have a ticket to paradise!
In thanks we should not just worship God by attending a “religious” service, but in our every day walk in life. This is what Paul is telling us. Give all of your self, your mind and your body to God, become a spiritual being. He is saying here to think about all the mercy and grace God has given you. What can you do to repay Him? It is reasonable, rationale and intelligent to make a decision to live for Him, that is the living sacrifice.
Live a life well pleasing to Him and you will actually be happier.
“Let Your mercy and loving kindness, O Lord, be upon us in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.” Psalm 33:22
We wonder sometimes why God has not answered our prayers. This scripture tells us that His mercy and loving kindness – His answer – is directly connected to our faith, our waiting and hoping for Him.
Do we sometimes pray and ask Him to help us, but then we fail to wait? We live in an instant society and want an instant response to our prayers. God is not instant. Throughout His Word he tells us all is in His time. There are so many examples of people waiting on God and great things were done. Abraham and Sarah waited for a child. The Jews waited in Egypt for their Deliverer. David waited to become king of Israel. Mary and Martha waited for Jesus to come heal there brother Lazarus, but He did better – He raised him from the dead!
Keep your hope in God, wait on Him no matter how long it takes, for He has the best for you.
“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power, making it active, operative, energizing, and effective, it is sharper than any two edged sword.” Hebrews 4:12a (Amplified)
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, as told in Matthew 6, He responded to satan with the Word of God.
The first temptation was for food and Jesus said “It has been written, man shall not live, be upheld, and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”
The second temptation was for protection and Jesus said “You shall not tempt, test or try the Lord your God.”
The third temptation was for possessions and fame, Jesus said “You shall worship the Lord our God and Him alone shall you serve.”
Then the devil departed from Him.
(Now go back and read the three verses Jesus spoke, but using the first person in each verse.) That’s powerful!
I believe it is imperative that we speak the Word outloud to do spiritual battle with our enemy.
“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
All you really have is today. This, today, is the day the Lord has made for you. What can you do about yesterday? It has come and gone. What can you do about tomorrow? No one but the Lord knows what tomorrow will bring. What can you do about today? Put one foot in front of the other and ask the Lord to lead you where you can do the most good for Him.
Whatever you have done in the past whether good or bad you can not change, it is done. If it was something bad don’t repeat it. If it was something good do repeat it. Live in the now, don’t put it off, do what you feel the Lord wants you to do now. Then rejoice and be glad in it!
“But my eyes are toward You, O God the Lord, in You do I trust and take refuge.” Psalm 141:8a
My grandson visited this weekend and though he loves his grandpa he only wanted to stay with me at church wherever I went. Well grandpa managed to convince him to sit with “gamps” in the sound booth for the service. I think the young fellow liked it because it sits up high in the back of the church and you can see everyone else. Several times during the service I looked back at him and he was always looking intently at me. I think he felt everything was okay as long as he could see me.
God wants us to do the same thing. No matter where we go or who we are with, we need to always keep our eyes on Him and everything will be okay.