By the grace of God, knowing what to do, when faced with difficulties, is no longer that great a challenge. The challenge is, sometimes, finding the inner strength to get it done? Of course, some verses tell us that we can do it (1 John 4:4); “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) or “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37) Even though these verses are true and are encouraging, how do we sustain them so that no matter the obstacles we are true overcomers. As overcomers we are wiser, we accomplish more for our families, for the Lord God, and for His church.
The problem is we will never seek the sense God’s power until we trust that it is there, because the Lord always requires faith. This is what He rewards (Hebrews 11:6). It is knowing a parachute works but not until the person jumps, do they experience the effectiveness of landing safely. In other words, they must first jump. Our “jump” is called faith.
Experiencing God’s power, through faith, first comes from taking the time to know His Word and trust His Word (Romans 10:17). The Holy Spirit is committed to make it clear (1 Corinthians 2:10-15) and remind us of what we know (John 14:26). The Word of God all by itself is powerful (Hebrews 4:12), it does not get old (1 Peter (1 Peter 2:22-25), it never returns void (Isaiah 55:11), and if we ignore the Word, we will be accountable for it anyway (Proverbs 13:13). So, it is a SURE thing, not a possibility.
Finding strength, living powerfully, experiencing success is not first a feeling; it begins with a deep conviction which in turn leads to a full surrender to the will of God. Daniel did not shut the Lion’s mouth, Joseph did not rescue himself from prison, and Paul did not survive storm after storm, beating after beating because of their strength. It began with a deep conviction, based on God’s Word, and became God’s power to fulfill. This is why Paul puts it this way; “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10). Even Christ would say facing all that He experienced on earth; “For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.” (2 Corinthians 13:4) Feeling weak is great when it leads us to trust His strength.
We are strong when we choose to take our weakness to His strength, through His Word, and obey Him.
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