What would be our response when the doctor told us we have another cancer. What would be our immediate reaction? Would we rebel against God? Would we think of a temporary solutions to ease the pain and hurts and stress? Would we loose hope? Would we feel afraid? Would we become mad on God? Stating why me Lord? Why not him or her. What would we think? Or Will we stand in God's strength and power?
Newsflash! God doesn’t need us to be strong in ourselves, our abilities, or our know-how! Proverbs 3:5,6 exhorts us, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and (guess what happens next?) He will make your paths straight.
Straight! I can’t even get my head on straight! But what we could never do is made possible by yielding to Christ’s ways and power!
Alone, we are in a desperately needy state. With Christ’s help, we can do ALL things. We can live content no matter the difficulties. We can live unshaken by surrounding temptations and trials. We can live confidently when the known facts may terrify. We CAN in CHRIST!
Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes. GULP! This hit me. Maybe it’s because I’m female, but too often I’m simply positive that I know what’s best for me, my kids, and the list goes on. I give up waiting on God when His plans don’t fit my time parameters? Sadly, when we stop trusting and take the lead, it can forfeit the gift of seeing God’s faithful and best plan play out.
There are essential ways we can change the way we think and stand in God’s power.
We can have the right attitude in reacting to every situations we are facing. When we are out of control on a certain issues and situations we should/must maintain our trust in God. We rely on His strength! We are able to stand strong when we look to Jesus and depend on His powerful life within us! We stop from worrying even though it's hard to do. We look up around and within us. God is not far, He is with us. We listen to His voice and wait for that voice that will still our soul. We acknowledge our weaknesses. Let’s admit our limitations. Without Christ, we are weak — and not just a little weak — we’re totally helpless and hopeless. We are not without Christ! And also surround ourselves with happy and joyful people. Avoid melodramatic situations. Be inspired by people who are courageous and hopeful. Above all find peace in God that this will pass and we will overcome. YES we are an overcomer. When dealing with some issues of our lives our character matter most.
Ephesians 6:10 urges us to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
We should rehearse this verse every day, every hour! We need to be reminded that our supposed “strengths” are micro and amount to absolutely nothing without God’s favor and goodness.
Remember, God is our leader. We’re the yielded follower. But this relational dynamic is dependent on our continual trust and acknowledgment that God’s ways are highest and best!