I sent this to a friend who is having a hard time in his walk right now. It may also be of help to anyone finding life a struggle.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Everyday we face struggles… everyday!
Things come up to prevent us from even wanting to go on. All of our efforts seem to be of no effect, without meaning. It is when we reach the end of all our ability that we can find the hand of God! His strength is there to carry the load that we have no power to bear.
1 Corinthians 4:2
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
We won’t always see the workings of the Holy Spirit. It is our faith in His power and ability to get the job done, that we cling to. The LORD works in ways that sometimes are not clear to our understanding. No matter what, trust Him.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The best of our plans, the most labored of our work, what ever effort that we put forth, still does not compair to the perfect work of our Father in Heaven. If we place our trust in God and resolve to keep Him as the master of our lives, what can go wrong?
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Always remember that the battle is not ours, it’s the LORD’S. Every effort we make we make according to his purpose.
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Without this firmly in our understanding, we will loose hope. If we endure till the end, however, we know that the battle is already won. To the victor goes the crown.
I pray for your strength and for the peace of your spirit… you will fight the good fight, In the name of Jesus. AMEN!
Your Brother in Christ,