Monday, March 2, 2015

God is our strength

For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Where I am weak, He is strong.  It really is that simply.  God has some exciting news for us.  Our pain will bring Him glory.  Our battles are not to be avoided but learned from and places where He wins.

If God wins, we win.  And God always wins.  It is like this chair???

The things that happen in our lives give us perspective.  That is new perspective and even strength.  What struggles have you been through?  What turns have you been led to take?  What barriers have you come up against?

God is powerful.  When our strength is drawn from something stronger than us, then we have loads of more power!  We have strength to get through the battles. 

The passage we read demonstrates this fact from Paul’s perspective and is applicable to our lives.  We must plug in to the power only God can give!  Jesus is our strength!

Romans 5:3  NLT
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

The struggles we deal with are real, but God has given us the ability to win.  Winning through those battles and struggles is directly related to who we trust.  Victory is ours, but there are times that victory from God’s point of view may be very different from our point of view

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

One way to see and seize our victory is to realize that heaven and our future is going to be awesome.  Our present situation and our struggles cannot compare to what God has for us.

Take a step back as well.  By looking at our struggles through what God says we will come to a place where we God is stretching, strengthening and even blessing us in the middle of pain.  It is all for His glory and our good.  That is perspective.  How do we look at and judge our struggles presently?

Romans 8:18  NASB
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

God made you and I to win.  Yesterday we began a new series at The Community Fellowship that is called “Built God Tough”, and we will be looking at the various battles that we as humans go through.  We deal with all kinds of difficult things.  Yet when we take as truth what God says, we will begin to win.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Take it up.  You are a winner.  That fact is all by the grace of God!

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