Having Done All, Stand

Some days are just hard. Sometimes it’s weeks, months or years that are difficult. That’s why Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God and stand. When we have done everything we possibly can in our own strength and can’t go on another minute, God is there to keep us standing.

There are times when He miraculously resolves an issue we are facing but most times He chooses to walk us through it… not around it.

Ephesians 6:13 says “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. (The Message)

God has equipped us with all that we need to win every battle. When you feel that you are at the end of your strength, remember that the source of your strength is limitless. God never runs out of strength so that means you won’t either. I like that part of the verse that says “take all the help you can get.” God has also put you in a community of believers who will stand with you in your most difficult times. Allow God to use them to help you keep standing. And when they are facing the battle, return the favor

The Samaritan Woman

I love the story of the Samaritan woman (John 4). Jesus spoke so clearly to her about her sin and because she received His words, her life was changed. She left her old life and went into the city to tell others about Jesus.

There are three things that make her life an example of what our walk with the Lord should look like.

  1. She listened to Jesus with an open heart. She didn’t make a zillion excuses or blame someone else for her sin.
  2. She made the choice to turn from her old way of life and to believe that she could be different.
  3. She told the story.

It doesn’t matter where you are when Jesus finds you, only that you choose the new life He offers and then tell others about it!

John 4:39  From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done. 

Complete in Christ

I read something this week that has changed my thinking. Just one sentence.

“The person who has God, plus every imaginable skill and ability, has no more than the person who has only God.”

-Tedd Tripp.

Read it again. Couldn’t we also add money, popularity, knowledge, and probably a lot of other things to the list of pluses? If this is true, then why are we striving? There isn’t anything really wrong with any of those things. It isn’t a sin to become skilled at something or to have money or to be popular. The issue isn’t that we do or have those things, the issue is how important they are to us and the position we think we gain by pursuing them.

Colossians 2:10 says  and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.

If we are complete in Christ then it follows that the only thing that will better our lives here or in eternity is more of Christ, not more skill or more money or more knowledge of earthly things. We are investing in the wrong kind of treasure if we are striving after those things. If we are complete, or some versions say full, in Christ then there is no more room or need for anything else.

I believe that God only increases our capacity to hold more of one thing. Jesus. We can always have more of Jesus.

Past, Present, Future

Past Present FutureWhat He has done, what He is doing, what He will do.                          That about covers it.

 What has He done?

He bore our grief, carried our sorrows, was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. (Isaiah 53:4–5) He paid for our sin before we asked him to. He took our place and gave us a place in Eternity with Him.

What is He doing?

He is interceding for us (Hebrews 7:25) He hears our prayers (1 John 5:14) He is working out His perfect plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11)

What will He do?

He will come again (John 14:3) He will answer your every prayer (Jeremiah 33:3) He will, once and for all, destroy the works of Satan ( 1John3:8)

What more could we want? What more could we ask?

Jesus keeps His promises. All of them.