Hello everyone…and how is your Friday? As I've been sitting here this morning, I've been thinking back to a time, when I only chose to give life second best, rather than giving it my all. I guess I found it easier to succumb to my problems, rather than move beyond them; but now as I look back throughout the years, I truly see that I could have never reached the place in which I am at today, if it wasn't for eventually choosing to push through each of my yesterdays. You know…I have found that no mountain is easy to climb; but when we truly believe in the strength of a mighty God; then we can walk through each rugged and steep path and reach the top.
This morning, I would like to begin our time together, by sharing a Bible verse that I think we all know, and it's found in Philippians 4:13, and we read… "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." I just wonder how many times we have read and memorized this verse; but have never really taken hold of its meaning? The one thing that I think on from time to time is this; if we could only take hold of everything we read in God's word and let it truly come alive within us; then I believe with all my heart that we would come to see the distance in which God could take us?
Maybe today, a circumstance is attempting to convince you that you will never make it through this time in your life…and maybe this circumstance is also attempting to make you believe that you are too weak to even take one more step and press on. Yes, moments such as these can weaken us in spirit and they can even cause us to fall so low emotionally…and even spiritually; that we feel that the only way out is to give up; but I know One whose strength is greater than our own…and One whose strength can take us above these moments of despair; but first, we must turn to the One who can work on our behalf, so His strength can kick in where ours left off.
When I was experiencing a time of deep depression and counseling for a past sexual abuse, I remember feeling so low…to the place where I felt as if I was barely existing. One day, I knew that I had to do something, so I took hold of God's word, like I had never done before…and I didn't just read it…I sought it with all my heart, for the answers that could free me from these hopeless moments of despair. As I looked deeply into each word that stood out before me, these words began to hit my heart…and through time, I came to see that the more I sought…the more I found. It was as if the depth of each word was exposing a hidden treasure of hope to me…one that truly took hold of my heart.
You know…sometimes I feel that we treat God's word like a novel…or we memorize verses…or even read His word in a year. The thing that I have come to see, while facing some of the most painful moments of my life, was that reading God's word alone wasn't going to help the deep embedded pain; but rather, I needed these words to speak to me and be the encouragement that could lift me out of this pit of despair. Through time, I have learned so much and now when another tall mountain stands before me, I know that everything that I've learned from God's word, will once more come into action and be everything I need.
Today, are you climbing a mountain that only seems to be getting steeper with time? Are you struggling so badly that you can barely find the strength to take one more step? Why not let it all go and lean on One whose strength can take you up that mountain…One whose strength can help you to pursue the direction in which He longs for you to go. One thing I know for sure…we can endure anything…it doesn't matter what it is, when we allow God's strength and His words of wisdom to kick in and walk us through it all.
As we close our time together, I pray that no matter what you are facing; that you will come to experience a God who is greater than it all…One whose strength can be made perfect through weakness…and One whose holy word can turn your heart around, in a direction that can walk you out of despair…Amen!!
I pray that you will have a very blessed weekend…and I will look forward to another visit with you on Monday!
It's Always & Only Because of Him…
*If you haven't yet accepted Jesus into your heart…and have found the hope that can rescue your heart and save you from evil, I would encourage you to check out… "Come to Jesus."
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