Tuesday, August 31, 2010

standing strong [stronger together]

You have felt like you are all alone.  Yesterday I reminded us that that is one of Satan's best lies.  We cannot and must not buy any of the lies that come from Hell.  I read this morning that another lie from hell goes like this: before you sin Satan says "that's just a little thing" and after you sin Satan says "that's so big you can't be forgiven".  You see the pattern.

When are we strongest?  When in our lives and our situations do we finally realize that we are strong or have some strength?  It is when we have been honest and gone ahead to stand with other people.  Our strength is seen when we trust in and stand with God.  Our strength is real when we see other people standing with us.  Are you strong?

That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

Here is an opportunity for me to get real.  There have been some times in the last few days where I have seen my strength in living color.  By the way, that strength came from nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing inside of me.  Did you hear me?

I finally broke down and shared with my wife some stress I was feeling.  You see often I close up and say nothing.  That makes me weak.  Also, I shared with some people who pray for me on a regular basis.  Their words, knowing they were praying and my wife sharing with me painted a huge picture of my strength.

Last night I had three different meetings that were phenomenal.  As we shared, listening and moved forward, our strength became evident.  We are stronger when we stand together.  

It is time that we understand that STANDING STRONG makes a difference in every area of my life.  I am thankful for my God who loves me even when I don't think I am loved or forgiven or strong.  I am so grateful for my wife (we celebrate our 17th anniversary this week) who makes me strong all the time especially when I lean on and trust her.  I work with some great people at The Community Fellowship who are gifted folks who walk with Jesus and make me strong.  I said it yesterday, but once again: we need each other!

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