Who are you Lord? I help those who can’t help themselves. Col 1:1-14

God designed hardships to bring you to an end of your limited resources.  Are you

God helps those who call out to him

experiencing hardships, trials and persecutions, sickness or poverty?   His divine power cannot be generated from within yourselves.  Only He can give you the spiritual power that you need to bear fruit, live worthily and joyfully with endurance and patience through all that life throws your way.  All this He has provided for you until the day that God brings you to home to be with Him in heaven.

Col 1     Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, b2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Who are you Lord?

I AM the God who empowers you.  I give my word to you with the intent that it will change your life, not just give you a bunch of head knowledge.  You are not to be academics but bearers of my light, truth and life.  Through my Word, which is ultimate truth, I give you hope and certainty in this crazy world so that you can live a life of faith, love and power. 

The faith and love are to bless others, and the power is so that you can not only endure your hard times but to be patient and joyful in them as well.  This is a power that the world cannot know, and is not generated from within you, but it is received from me when you need it.  It is not given to you so that you can get out of hardships but to bear up under them with grace and victory. 

While you are in these hardships, I promise to give you power in order to be a blessing to others.  The more you know me through my Word, the more the Holy Spirit can use it to change your life and so the better you can live your life in service to me, bearing much fruit for my glory. 

I rescued you, redeemed you, and forgiven you by my grace and love so that you can live a victorious, Christ like life in this uncertain, scary, selfish, lost world and thus become beacons of hope “set on a hill” for all to see and come to for answers.

God gives His power to us his children when we need it.  He doesn’t give it needlessly, or to store up in advance, but rather on the day we need it – like manna collected daily – just enough for each day.  Are you pressed down? Does it seem like the work that He has given you is too hard for you?  Have many of your comrades left the battle and you are left to carry the load alone?  Do you feel like quitting?  Take courage, walk by faith, for His power is made evident in your weakness to His glory.  There is a reason that he only used the 300 men with Gideon.  When there are many workers, then they don’t need to rely on Him and the glory goes to man.  But when there are few workers, those who remain, live dependent upon his strength to complete his work and there is no doubting as to whom goes the glory.  There are so many encouragements in the Word to this extent…“Endure hardship as a good soldier.”  “Keep encouraging one another” (by your knowledge of God and his grace). “your labor for in the Lord is not in vain.”  “You will reap a harvest if you do not faint.”  Know that you are not alone in your struggles; “there are brothers all over the world who endure these same trials”.  “Together with them you will receive your reward.”  “In this world you will have tribulations but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”

One missionary said when facing breast cancer that took them away from their ministry, “Last night before the surgery, Gail and I talked late into the night about perhaps it is time God has deemed us worthy to display His glory through trials and sickness.  Gail said it’s almost an honor, a privilege to be able to show God great through our weaknesses.  When I heard the biopsy report today, the first thing that came to my mind is, ‘we got picked, we got picked, it’s our turn to show God great through this’”.

 Christianity was created to be real, genuine, full of power, and unlike religion, flourishes more in persecution, hardships and pain for God’s glory to be revealed in the lives of His children than in times of plenty, peace and ease.  Because Christianity is not man-made, but given by God in all his power, wisdom, hope and love.  It is not an ideal but a relationship with the giver of life, the God of heaven and earth.  It is not man appeasing God by good deeds, but rather Jesus pleasing the Father on our behalf by his death on the cross.  Our salvation is free to us, but it cost Christ his all.  Now to live this life by faith costs us everything in this world to live as he did for God’s glory.

More to come,

Steve

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About strostrud

Missionary with New Tribes Mission since 1989
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