Bible Ballistics: BBs #272 Look Up And Press On!!!
There are times when we become overwhelmed by the circumstances of life. Sometimes it’s physical, sometimes it’s emotional, and sometimes it’s just the accumulation of all the issues of life seeming to come at us all at once. Times when heart-crushing pressure and/or stress build up, what are we to do then? Well, not to over-simplify, but there is only, and always, one solution and that is to look to Jesus! Let’s share some assurances of His faithful provision for your day and mine, when we look to our faithful LORD!
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:2-3
Our Lord walked this road of humanity to pay the price for us—He is that “author and finisher of our faith”! It’s all dependent on His sacrifice and because of that He is able to meet our every need.
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16
Because of the price Jesus paid for our salvation–His blood–we have been given the privilege of coming directly to HIM in our “time of need”! We can rest in His faithful heart, a heart that understands the weakness, and sometimes overwhelming weariness, because HE knows our infirmities! And beacuse He has overcome temptation, sin, and death, we can find the comfort, courage and strength to press on. It’s all about Jesus, because He died that we might have life. And we must understand that while the battle is fought with our fleshly body and mind, the power of our warfare isn’t from our flesh, or even our minds—but it is from our all-powerful God!.
“For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God
to the pulling down of strong holds😉
5 Casting down imaginations,
and every high thing
that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity
to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
We will always find the strength to press on when we look to our Lord Jesus Christ; when we dig in and depend on His Word; when we walk in obedience to His Spirit and His Word! Jesus is Lord of all, and He calls us to encourage one another—because what we have experienced and learned in our walk with Him, is to be shared with others that they may benefit form our confidence in HIM!!!
“Blessed be God,
even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies,
and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them
which are in any trouble,
by the comfort
wherewith we ourselves are comforted
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us,
so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted,
it is for your consolation and salvation,
which is effectual
in the enduring of the same sufferings
which we also suffer:
or whether we be comforted,
it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast,
that as ye are partakers
of the sufferings,
so shall ye be also
of the consolation.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
God is ever at work, growing us into useful servants of the Kingdom; helping us see through eyes of faith; conforming us into the image of His Son, Jesus. He promised He would, and you can count on God to be there for you, no matter the stress, no matter the conflict. He is with His own-ALWAYS!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:28-31