Victory over weakness

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Nov 052017
 

Good parents attempt to provide their children-

– every advantage to become successful adults.

As Christians, we especially want to help our kids mature in their knowledge of God and the Bible, their love for Jesus, their appreciation of the church family, and the desire to serve the Lord.

Children frequently have great enthusiasm for the things of God.

But as they grow older, they may fall away.

Samson!

– is an example of unfortunate drifting (Judges 14:1-10).

He had a godly upbringing.

But at some point, the world’s sexual temptations became very attractive to him.

Scripture reveals several occasions where Samson gave in to his lust.

For instance, he desired a pagan woman from Timnah, despite his parents’ warning.

In Judges 14:1-3, he broke God’s command by marrying her.

A second incident nearly led to his murder.

But he survived only because of his supernatural strength.

Perhaps the most tragic and notorious example was Delilah’s betrayal of Samson.

Lust prevented him from seeing her true nature.

As a result, the Philistines captured and blinded Samson.

Left unchecked, sin penetrates and dominates our lives.

It will affect others with its consequences.

The first step toward success is to be-

– awareness of our weaknesses.

Secondly, we must-

– admit we are helpless to overcome them alone.

Thirdly, it’s important to-

– acknowledge that God is able to rescue us.

Lastly, you need to-

-ask God to help you overcome!

With this perspective-

– we’ll be able to obey His commands and gain victory over weakness!

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Nov 012017
 
“All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:23.
The “all things” do not always come simply for the asking-
– for the reason that God is ever seeking to teach us the way of faith,
– and in our training in the faith life there must be room for the trial of faith, the discipline of faith, the patience of faith, the courage of faith, and often many stages are passed before we really realize what is the end of faith, namely, the victory of faith.
Real moral fibre is developed through discipline of faith.
You have made your request of God. But the answer did not come yet. What are you to do? Keep on believing God’s Word. Never be moved away from it by what you see or feel, and thus as you stand steady, enlarged power and experience is being developed.
The fact of looking at the apparent contradiction as to God’s Word and being unmoved from your position of faith make you stronger on every other line.
Often God delays purposely. And the delay is just as much an answer to your prayer as is the fulfillment when it comes. In the lives of all the great Bible characters-
God worked thus. Abraham, Moses and Elijah were not great in the beginning-
– but were made great through the discipline of their faith, – and only thus were they fitted for the positions to which God had called them.
For example, in the case of Joseph whom the Lord was training for the throne of Egypt, we read in the Psalms: “The word of the Lord tried him.” ​Psalm 105:19.​
It was not the prison life with its hard beds or poor food that tried him. But it was the Word God had spoken into his heart in the early years concerning elevation and honour which were greater than his brethren were to receive.
​I​t was this which was ever before him, when every step in his career made it seem more and more impossible of fulfillment, until he was there imprisoned, and all in innocenc​e​, while others who were perhaps justly incarcerated, were released, and he was left to languish alone.
These were hours that tried his soul. But hours of spiritual growth and development, that, “when his word came” (the word of release), found him fitted for the delicate task of dealing with his wayward brethren, with a love and patience only surpassed by God Himself.
No amount of persecution tries like such experiences as these. When God has spoken of His purpose to do-
– and yet the days go on and He does not do it,
– that is truly hard;
– but it is a discipline of faith that will bring us into a knowledge of God which would otherwise be impossible.
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Oct 312017
 

What would you think-

– if I tell you that you could live without fear?

Fear isn’t just a reaction to external circumstances.

It’s a spiritual force.
It begins inside a person.
And it is totally destructive.

Fear is Satan’s primary weapon.
He moves in response to fear.
He challenges the promises of God with it.

Jesus invited Peter to come to Him on the water.

“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” Matt.14: 30.

What enabled Peter to walk on the water?

His faith in the Word of Jesus.
 
What caused Peter to sink?
He saw the wind boisterous and he was afraid.

It wasn’t the wind that defeated him; it was his fear of it!
He looked at his circumstances, gave into the fear, and the result was defeat.
 
If Peter had kept his focus on Jesus-
– his faith would never have wavered.

All the blustering and blowing in the world couldn’t have drawn him off course.

Faith is developed by meditating on God’s Word.
Fear is developed by meditating on Satan’s lies.


Such fearful meditation is called worrying.
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Don’t do it!

The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit.

Use it to fight Satan every time he comes against you.

Hold up your shield of faith.
And quench all of his fiery darts.  

Speak words of faith and fear will depart.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7.

Oct 242017
 

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“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).

Your personality is partly the result of the way you were parented.

Other factors are also involved, of course.
But parents have a bigger influence on their children than some like to admit.

Children from abusive homes, for example, usually suffer from severe insecurity.

They may struggle with anger in much the same way their parents do, repeating the cycle when they have children of their own.

On the other hand-
– parents who are kind and loving tend to pass on these traits to their children.

When you become a Christian-
– you are adopted by a Perfect Parent,
– a heavenly Father who loves you unconditionally.

You have nothing to fear from Him-
– because He watches over you with constant love and protection.

He is more powerful than any problem you will ever face.
You will not live in want, because your Father’s resources are unlimited.

As God’s child, then, your life ought to reflect His character.

The more time you spend with your Father-
– the more you’ll become like Him:
– loving, patient, giving, and fair.

As you grow in your faith-
His influence will come to have even more of an impact on you than your earthly parents do.

So don’t use imperfect parents as an excuse for not living up to God’s standards.

You do have a Perfect Parent-
– who will teach you how to be loving, forgiving, patient, and everything else…just like He is.

How much time have you been spending with your Father lately?

(PA)

Oct 192017
 

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“And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalm 106:15).

I sometimes hear people say, “I have been wrestling with God in prayer!”
My first thought always is, “I hope you lost.”

If you have been trying to bend God your way-
– then that is a problem.

Prayer is not trying to move God your way.
It is moving yourself His way.

In fact, I’m glad that God hasn’t said yes to every prayer I have ever prayed.

When I look back on some things I’ve prayed for-
I realize that if the Lord would have allowed them, they could have destroyed me.

They were not the right things or the right situations.
So, God graciously and lovingly said no.

In John 15:7, Jesus gave an incredible promise regarding answered prayer.
He said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

From the original language, this verse could be translated-
“If you maintain a living communion with Me, and My word is at home with you, I command you to ask at once for yourself whatever your heart desires, and it will be yours.”

When I read a promise like that-
I gravitate immediately toward the part that says I can ask whatever my heart desires and it will be mine.

But before that, Jesus said:
“If you maintain a living communion with Me, and My word is at home with you…”

If this is happening in your life-
– then you are going to want what God wants.

If you are maintaining a living communion with God and His words are at home in your heart-
– then your outlook, desires—and in time, your prayers will change.

(PA)