Sunday, February 28, 2010
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Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Do you have what it takes?
While mustering human perseverance can pay off, most people are still not as successful as they could be, because they fail to utilize one additional critical key in becoming a successful overcomer -- God's help and backing. On our own, even with extraordinary effort like that exhibited by the British people, we do not have everything it takes to learn from and master the challenges of life (John 15:4-5).
People trying to exist without the living Jesus Christ in their lives are missing the most practical and valuable asset available. God's help and backing can produce major physical, mental, financial and spiritual dividends.
I am not referring to blind faith without any personal effort. We need to actively work to overcome obstacles and trials with persistent effort. God expects us to do our part. He wants each of us to use and develop the mind and ability He has given us, and that requires firsthand experience. We need to work like the solution depends on us while relying on God to direct our paths (Psalm 32:8). This provides the added security and powerful backing only our Creator can provide. Active living faith produces effort and work (James 2:18-20). Someone once asked, "If you could hear God whispering to you, 'I am with you,' would you give up and quit?"
People trying to exist without the living Jesus Christ in their lives are missing the most practical and valuable asset available.
Yet there will be times when there is nothing we can do to solve a problem or overcome an obstacle. Often when circumstances are beyond our control, it is more difficult to persevere. But when we humbly wait on God and submit our will to His, we grow in faith and character. God may choose to simply work out circumstances to solve the problem, or He may allow the problem to persist to perfect our faith and increase our reliance on Him (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). Regardless, we must persevere to the end.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Perseverance: Our greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy (James 1:2). Know that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:3-5).
You know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking (James 1:3-5). So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16). Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).
"I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray." Psalm 17:6
"I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry." Psalm 40:1