Obviously, Christians know things that the world does not know, but there are four things that are most important and are the key to living a successful life. These four things are:
- Christians know that they are weak
- Christians realize that they cannot make it without God’s help
- Christians survive only because of the grace of God
- Christians know that it is only God’s grace that gives them strength
No one is perfect and when a Believer is faced with problems that they are unable to solve on their own, they know that their heavenly Father is able to help them by making His power and strength available to them. The Lord has given His instructions as to what we are to do when we are burden and heavy laden. He told us to come to Him and exchange our burden for His because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
God’s grace not only will cover our weaknesses, but His grace is more than enough to supply us with whatever we need when we need it. Christians have a super-natural source of strength and power with us at all times. Jesus has promised never to leave us alone, and to ensure that God’s grace will always be available, it is important that we live in obedience to the commandments of God. Satan would like nothing better than to have Believers live in sin and not take full advantage of God’s power. So living a godly life is a choice that should not be taken lightly.
Isaiah 40:31 says ‘that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary and they shall walk an not faint.’ Grab a hold of that promise and never look back. Run your race; fight the good fight of faith and remember that God’s grace is sufficient for you!
Have you ever noticed that when you are obedient and do what God asks you to do, you end up with more than enough? When the widow woman in the Bible obeyed the prophet Elisha and borrowed vessels from her neighbors and poured her one pot of oil into them, she found out that she had not only what she needed but much more and was able to sell it and live profitably thereafter. After Jesus fed the 5,000, the disciples discovered that they had 12 basketfuls of leftovers. God is a God of multiplication. God is a God of more than enough. God doesn’t just meet your need, but He will bless you with leftovers so that you can be a blessing to others.
God’s children are spiritual beings on a earthly journey and must always see things with their spiritual eyes. Your natural eyes can only see what is in front of you, but your spiritual eyes will enable you to see that nothing is impossible with God and that God can do everything. Life will sometimes place you in situations that might look impossible but you must believe in your heart that you are not limited because God is on your side. Never under-estimate the power of God. Every challenge is just another opportunity for God to show you what happens when His kingdom comes down to this earth, but only those living in faith will experience the supernatural.
Take comfort in knowing that God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. Take God at His word and stand on His promises. He is a faithful God. The question is how faithful are you to Him?
Real friendships are few and far between especially in our society today where children grow up and leave town and job relocations are becoming the norm. Everyone needs a friend to encourage and support them during their tough times, and if you are fortunate enough to have a good friend then you truly are blessed. Many people depend on Facebook to keep in touch, but when you really think about it, how many of your Facebook friends can you count on to be there if you were to call them at 2:00 in the morning with an emergency and you need help? I dare to say, not many would answer your call. True friends are rare and it is not good for anyone to be alone. Have you ever been lonely in a crowd? It’s possible, and one major cause of depression is being alone or feeling lonely. A friend understands you and will believe in you even when you don’t believe in yourself. A friend will be there during the good times and the bad and wants nothing but the best for you and will do anything to help you reach your goals in life.
Can you imagine having a friend that will love you at all times and will be with you now and forever more? Jesus Christ wants to be your best friend today and He will stick closer to you than a brother. People will come and go but your heavenly Father has promised to never leave nor forsake you. The Bible says that no greater love has any man than the one who will lay down his life for you. God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son and all you have to do is ask Jesus to become your friend. A friendship with Jesus will heal you; it will sustain you and it will provide the emotional and spiritual strength you will need on your journey through life.
What a friend we have in Jesus and you need to experience His love for yourself. Don’t go another day by yourself. Jesus is waiting and He will change your life forever.
The Biblical story of God commanding Abraham to offer up his beloved son, Isaac, as a sacrifice in the land of Moriah leaves no doubt that God will provide the right thing at the right place and at the right time. The fact that Abraham was obedient to God that he would give up his son, the son that he had to wait over 25 years for, the son that God has promised to bless him with got God’s attention, and because of his obedience, God provided a ram on the mountain for Abraham to sacrifice in place of his young son. God was testing Abraham. He wanted to find out if Abraham would obey. He was testing what was in his heart and Abraham passed the test. Abraham was at the right place because God told him to go to Moriah and he went. God then provided a ram just at the moment that Abraham would have slain his son. God stepped in and stopped Abraham just at the right time.Abraham called God Jehovah Jireh – God our provider, so everyone would know that God provides.
Ask yourself this question. Are you willing to give up the most precious thing in your life and give it back to God at this very moment? Obedience is better than sacrifice and that is what God is looking for in each one of us. He wants us to know what is really in our hearts. God knew us while we were in the womb, so He knows everything about us, but we only learn through life experiences what we will and will not do. Philippians 4:19 says that God will supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory.
Purpose in your heart that you are going to pursue the kind of faith that Abraham had in that you become willing to give back to God everything that He has given you to be a steward over in this life. It could be your spouse, child, job or ministry. It doesn’t matter what it is. Your relationship with God should be the most important thing in your life. Everything else you have, God gave to you. It really belongs to Him and is under His control and is just in your hands for a short time. Seek first the kingdom of God and you will see that Jehovah Jireh is faithful.
Have you ever been in a situation and you found yourself asking “where is God?” In Job 23: 8-10, Job said that he could not find God no matter where he looked. It didn’t matter if he went forwards or backwards, if he looked to his right or to his left he could neither feel God’s presence or perceive if God was there with him. Job was at the lowest point in his life when he spoke these words, yet despite everything Job held on to the belief that God is always there. Job realized that he was being tested and he wanted God to see that his faith in Him was as good as gold.
All the heroes of the Bible – Abraham, David, Joseph, and Paul, just to name a few, came to this same conclusion – that God is all the time working in our lives in secret. He is working everything out for our good and all we have to do is trust Him. You will not always know why you must go through certain challenging times in your life, but remember that God has a perfect plan and a process for your life. God will work everything out for your good. He will personalize your journey to the point that you will look back on your troubled times and say “thank God, you were there all of the time.”
The Lord has promised never to leave nor forsake you and He is reshaping you so that you become more and more like Him every day. You are more than a conqueror because of the power that is within you. Don’t lean to your own understanding trying to figure out what God is up to. Trust Him and know that He loves you with an everlasting love and the work that He is doing in you will be completed. Your momentary afflictions are preparing you for what is to come. Do not be moved by your circumstances. While you are on this earth, things will continue to change because they are all temporary. The things that concern God, the things that He is working hard to change in you, cannot be seen but know that they are the most important because they are eternal.
After you have been tried, will God find your faith to be as good as gold?