“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to “Sunday Inspiration”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to have you with me today…and I pray that as we spend some special time together with God that we will all come to see how we can truly make it through this life with Him!
How many times have we ever said… “I can’t make it anymore!” I remember saying that to my husband many times. Life had definitely taken a toll on me, after facing multiple surgeries…counseling for a dysfunctional home life and abuse…along with the loss of many things in my life. It seemed that the wilderness I was lost in at the time was so full of so many ugly things that I just couldn’t see the light of day…or any light at all, which only made me say… “I just can do this anymore.”
You know…even though my strength was gone…and my faith too; Jesus never gave up on me. It was as though He was determined to show me that I could make it through anything with His help. It seemed that the very moment my strength failed me…His strength began to kick in and even though I didn’t feel it at first; He was slowly lifting me to my feet and making me strong.
Isn’t it amazing how easily we can speak the words…“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”…that is, until we are faced with an overwhelming moment of pain or deep heartache. It seems that as we get slapped in the face with a trying circumstance; that this when we lose the feelings we once had for verses like Philippians 4:13.
No matter what we face…and no matter how grim life appears to be at the time, there is a God whose strength can be made perfect, through our moments of weakness. I think what happens to us at times; is that we start focusing too much on the weakness and where it’s taking us…or where it might take us; then before we know it, we find ourselves believing in every word that circumstance is attempting to convey to us.
I will never forget a moment in my life, when my husband had gone to work and I was alone with my circumstance…which at the time was a recovery period, from one of many knee surgeries. I was so low that day…feeling that I would never make it, due to the long and drawn out days of pain and recovery. As I sat in the recliner…staring at a picture of Jesus over the fireplace, I began to talk with Him, as tears flowed uncontrollably down my cheeks. As I poured my heart out to Him, I felt prompted to open my Bible and immediately He led me to some Bible verses in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, which are now my life verses. As I reached verse 9, I read…“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” At a time when my head was so full of despair…only portions of this reading was penetrating my thoughts; so I said to Jesus… “Why would I ever glory in pain and deep heartache”…for that didn’t make any sense to me. Little did I realize at the time that I had missed the most important part of that verse, which says… “…that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Instantly, Jesus showed me that it wasn’t about the circumstance; but rather the One who had the power to exchange my weakness for His strength…and the One whose power could come to me, at a time when all hope and strength had failed me. One thing I can actually say today...is that these were the words that saved my life.
Instead of listening to the words…“You won’t make it," from a broken down weak circumstance, why not lean on a power and strength that can pick up from where you left off…a power and strength that can once more lift you back to your feet and walk you out of despair. Remember one thing…we never make it, when we make friends with a circumstance; but we do make it when we let go of the circumstance and connect to the One whose perfect strength can help us to make it.
No matter what you are walking through today...don’t sit in the midst of a broken path that only takes you deeper into despair. Believe me when I say…that this does not take you anywhere in life. Instead, turn to a love that will lift you high and cause you to rise above these moments of despair and one thing I know...He will stand on the promise He’s making to you and do just that…because this is exactly what He did for me! Praise Him!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."