“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,”Romans 15:5 NIV
Strength to get up.
Strength to take care of what needs to be taken care of.
Strength to make the hard decisions.
Strength to hold onto hope.
Strength to hold onto Him.
He gives strength to the weary.
I know that many of you are facing situations that are draining your strength and leaving you feeling powerless.
It is okay to admit you are not okay.
That you are tired and feel powerless right now.
God does not ask you to “fake it until you make it”.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Isaiah 40:29 NIV
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 NIV
What do you need strength for today?
What does it look like to admit you need help rather than “fake it until you make it”?
May you find the strength to do what needs to be done,find your way into His rest, be replenished by the Savior Himself and walk forward in a power that is not your own.
Your faith, your relationship with Jesus, is more precious than the finest gold. It will last longer than your job, your goals and your body. It is the inside eternal life that sustains you through the trials of the outside temporary life.
The same fire that destroys the wood purifies the gold.
God will use the very thing that is discourging you to purify you.
He will use the disappointment you are experiencing to make wrong motives and false beliefs rise to the surface so He can skim them off.
“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
Job 23:10 NIV
You have a promise here that God knows where you are, knows how to use it do an important work in you and that you will come out of it shinning.
Hold onto God during this season because He is most certainly holding onto you.
Faith is not a feeling.
Faith is a believing, a believing that leads to action.
A faith that is silent in word and deed is no faith at all.
Do something. Do the thing that faith is prompting and fear is resisting.
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?
James 2:14 NLT
Make your faith ‘more than a feeling, make it a verb.
– Cindy G
I remember a time a few years ago when I was discouraged and heartbroken. My hopes had been swept away by a flood of circumstances I could not have forseen. I could not go back to where I was before and I could not stay where I was at. I could only walk forward into a future that I had not anticipated or imagined.
I clung to Jesus. I grabbed hold of the promise that He would never leave me or forsake me. I tried to trust that He could redeem the circumstances as I watched everything crumble around me. I tried and failed- I couldn’t find trust or hope within my soul. Only heartbreak and fear.
The following verse became the words I held onto:
“Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.” Psalms 119:116 NIV
One morning I got early and took a walk. We were living in Las Vegas and our neighborhood edged the desert. With worship music loaded on my iPod, I set out to breathe deep and breathe in the presence of God. As I turned the corner out of my neighborhood and onto the desert road behind it, the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” began. The sun was just rising over Red Rock Canyon and it was so beautiful that I almost dropped to my knees.
I heard God’s whisper, “Hold on, your hopes are not lost. I am faithful to complete what I have started in you. I will sustain you through this and strengthen you in it. My faithfulness knows no end.”
It was a turning point for me. I carried that promise through a time that got harder long before it got better.
That moment came back to me yesterday when I listened to Jordan Smith’s rendition of “Great is Thy Faithfullness” on The Voice. It was a beautiful and powerful performance.
God IS faithful.
It is in the midst of the hardest of times that you discover God’s faithfulness. It is through the darkest of times that God sustains you when you can’t sustain yourself. It is when you don’t feel like you have any faith left that His faithfulness carries you.
Hold on, your hopes are not lost. Jesus is faithful to complete what He has started in you. He will sustain you through this time and strengthen you in it. God’s faithfulness knows no end.
There are two times recorded in the Bible where Jesus stood amazed:
1. At the unbelief of people from his hometown. (John 6:1-5)
2. At the faith of the Roman centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant by sending His word. (Luke 7:7,9)
”We never read that Jesus marveled at art or architecture or even the wonders of creation. He never marveled at human ingenuity or invention. He didn’t marvel at the piety of the Jewish people or the military dominance of the Roman Empire. But Jesus did marvel at faith – when it was present in an unexpected place, and when it was absent where it should have been.”
— David Guzick
Have you ever been amazed what God is doing in someone else’s life but unable to believe that He could do anything in yours?
You can get sidetracked by looking at natural facts instead of looking into the face of Jesus.
You can build your faith or tear it down according to what you focus on.
Your faith does not add to God’s ability.
Your lack of it does not limit it either.
Jesus is Almighty God, Advocate, Savior, King of kings and Lord of lords. He can do more than you can ask or imagine.
The difference between the faith (or lack of faith) of those in Jesus’ home town and that of the centurion was that the first group never even asked Jesus do something. They rationalized away His power with their knowledge and past experience. The centurion knew how authority worked, looked at what Jesus had done for others and took a risk.
You may be waiting until you have more faith to ask. More faith to act. More faith to risk. More faith to obey but Jesus said it’s not the amount of faith you have, it’s what you do with it.
“So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”. Matthew 17:20 NKJV
I am not saying I understand it all or have wrapped my brain around it.
I am only asking myself (and you) a couple of questions:
“Am I using the faith I have and doing something with it, no matter how small I think it is?”
“How am I amazing God today?”
There is one sure thing you can count on if you are in a relationship with God: He finishes what He starts.
He started something in you.
A good thing.
A precious thing.
A powerful thing.
A glimpse of His purpose.
He started it- He will finish it. He will develop it, perfect it and bring it to full completion.
Because beside death and taxes, it is a sure thing that God will complete what He started in you.
“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”(Philippians 1:6 AMP)
You don’t have to worry or strive, work or manipulate.
Rest. Worship. Trust. Focus on God.
Jesus is greater.