Recession-proof Christian Life
11/18/13 at 01:04 PM 0 Comments

Be Strong

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The challenge in Christian living is often that of first realigning our goals. The ultimate goal of the Christian life is not to do or accomplish, the ultimate goal of the Christian life is to be … to become like Christ.  In the book of Romans we see two types of Christian lives – one weak and struggling (Romans 7:18-25), the other reigning and overcoming (Romans 5:1-11):. The difference between these two is mainly in strength and spiritual energy. How do we gain or develop the spiritual strength we need to live victorious Christian lives?

Isa 40:27  Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

In Romans 8:29 it reads “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His son, that He might be the first born among many brethren” and in Galatians 4:19 “My little children of whom I travail in birth again, until Christ be formed in you

“We are Human beings and not human doings” … Spiritual strength is therefore gained in using the tools that God has provided to build ourselves up on the inside, so we become more and more like Jesus. We gain physical strength by good FEEDING and proper EXERCISE. Developing spiritual strength comes exactly through the same means (1 Timothy 4;6-8)

  1. Feeding your spirit ( Matthew 4:4; Acts 20;3)
  • It matters what you feed on. There are two things to watch here, one is WHAT you feed on ( 1 Peter 2;2). The second thing is WHO you feed from ( 2 Timothy 3;14)
  • Let the word be before your eyes (read), in your ears ( hear) and keep them in your heart ( meditate) upon them – Proverbs 4:20-22…Remember: hear, read, study, meditate and memorize. Do not try to fit the word into your life, rather plan your life around the word of God.

    2. Exercising your spirit (1 Timothy 4;7-8)

  • Exercise is tough and painful initially because it involves stretching yourself where you have been stiff and redundant, but it gets smoother as we endure. The same is true of spiritual exercise.
  • Start with a decision to grow strength
  • Take every opportunity God has given to exercise ( usually it is a trial)
  • Decide to walk in the spirit, go the opposite direction from your flesh.

The Top Three Spiritual Exercises are (a). Waiting on God – Is 40:28-31 (b). Meditating on the word – Acts 20:32 (c) Praying in the Spirit - Jude v 20. Waiting on the Lord  is not just prayer. Rather it is a time of determined stillness (Psalm 46;10) a time of listening on the inside ( Psalm 4:4)

The natural drive and pressure is to be always seen to be DOing SOMETHING or SAYING SOMETHING. Even when we come into the awesome presence of the Lord in prayer, we tend to do all the talking, while God, the all knowing one is supposed to be a SILENT LISTENER to our lecturers in prayer. Waiting on the Lord is to learn the wisdom and.discipline of being still and knowing He is God…Psalm 46;10

 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you” Is 26:3.

In this life, adversities do come; there are times of “eclipse”, when it seems the joy and love of the Lord is overcast by the shadows of adversity and discouragement. At those times, it is THE STRONG SPIRIT OF A PERSON THAT SUSTAINS. Be strong.. .“If you faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” Prov. 24;10

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