Bible Ballistics: BBs #103 Strength for Today???
We’ve talked recently about being weary and tired and how God is our resource to overcome and get through those times. But what about maintaining our strength, how do we ‘press on’ in those times of continuing difficulty and crises. Paul talks about this a lot, but I’d like us to look at two passages dealing with this subject.
Philippians 3:12-15, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
OK, what is Paul telling us? Paul was encouraging the church at Philippi to ‘press on’. You hear me say that a lot, and now you know—it’s Biblical!!! If you’ll allow me to paraphrase for us:
I haven’t arrived yet—but I’m on my way
I’m not perfect yet (mature)—but I’m growing
I’m not there yet—but I’m following Jesus
I AM—forgetting the past (failures and successes)
–reaching for what’s ahead (as He leads)
–pressing on for the prize-JESUS is the prize
–hearing and obeying God’s call on ME
–calling YOU to do the same!!!
And the other passage links hand in hand with this challenge. It’s Paul’s testimony to the ‘total sufficiency’ of God!!! He has been chased, persecuted, beaten, jailed, falsely accused…. etc., yet he shares his source of courage:
2 Corinthians 12:7-10, “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations,
there was given to me a thorn in the flesh,
the messenger of Satan to buffet me,
lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice,
that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory
in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ
may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities,
in distresses2 C
for Christ’s sake:
for when I am weak,
then am I strong.”
What place are you in today? Suffering, anguish, pain, lack, or sorrow? It doesn’t matter what the need: the Lord God Almighty and His Son Jesus are sufficient to the task.
So??? Here’s our shot for today!!!
Forget what’s behind—it’s done and can’t be erased!!!
Take today in hand with Jesus and press on!!!
Remember our ‘weakness’ is often God’s tool to reveal HIS glory and power to the world!! Through YOU!!!
He is conforming us into HIS image!!! (See Ro. 8:28-29)