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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 8 No.13  We All Get Weary!!!

 

Dear friends, we all experience times when we become weary and tired of the things going on around us. Sometimes it is physical, at other times it’s emotion stress that brings us to a state of weariness, and then there are sometimes just times when it all seems to pile up on our plate and we don’t think we can take one more step. But God knows that our human struggles can cause us to wobble—but like the old advertisement, “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”—yet we can stand fast in the promises, the power and the provision of our God.

What we must do is keep our eyes on Jesus, knowing that He is at work in our lives in all things, conforming us into His image. And that my friends, is sometimes painful and wearisome, but we can press on knowing that our confidence and sufficiency is in our GOD, NOT our SELF!!!

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.” Isaiah 40:28-31

God is reminding us, in this favorite passage of mine, that we will fall on our own—BUT in His power we can persevere!!! We can make it because IN Jesus we are overcomers! And we aren’t doing it on our own because:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

We have that power which Isaiah and John both referred to—God’s power, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, which the blood of Jesus provides to those who come to Him in repentance and faith. And when we belong to Jesus, He empowers us to press on, not on our own, but BY His Spirit. Because of what Jesus did at Calvary, and what He is doing within our hearts right now, we can press on despite the weariness that plagues our flesh. With Jesus we can overcome, and abiding in Him is the key!

Abide in me,

and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,

except it abide in the vine;

no more can ye,

except ye abide in me.

I am the vine,

ye are the branches:

He that abideth in me,

and I in him,

the same bringeth forth much fruit:

for without me

ye can do nothing.” John 15: 4-5

This is also why Paul reminded us about putting on the armor of God, and that putting on God’s armor is an act of dependence on our HIM, not on our flesh.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11

We can be confident that even in our weariness, we can overcome. We can stand, even as Paul goes on in verse 13 to remind us (and we are there, folks, we are there), “that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand

So what must we do? We must keep our eyes on Jesus, we must suit up in our armor every day, and we must walk in the Spirit and not the flesh. Let’s look at some scriptures that I pray will encourage us in those things.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh……..25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16 & 25

And if I may paraphrase a bit, if we are “alive” by the Spirit of Christ in Salvation, we are to “walk in the Spirit”! It is the Holy Spirit of Christ who enables us to live victorious, overcoming lives, which can bring glory to God, and increase HIS kingdom. And it is all because of the relationship that we have through the blood of the Lamb, the relationship that Jesus reinstates between God and man, for those who will believe in His atoning sacrifice for sin on Calvary!

Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access

by faith

into this grace

wherein we stand,

and rejoice in hope

of the glory of God.

And not only so,

but we glory in tribulations also:

knowing that tribulation

worketh patience;

And patience,

experience;

and experience,

hope:

And hope

maketh not ashamed;

because the love of God

is shed abroad in our hearts

by the Holy Ghost

which is given unto us.”    Romans 5:1-5

God’s love and God’s Spirit are given to us so that we can be a reflection of HIS glory to a lost and dying world. We must not let the weariness of life; the struggles or spiritual battles deter our efforts.

And let us not be weary in well doing:

for in due season we shall reap,

if we faint not.

10 As we have therefore opportunity,

let us do good unto all men,

especially unto them

who are of the household of faith.”    Galatians 6:9-10

But ye, brethren,

be not weary

in well doing.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13

So whether our difficulties are due to the trials of life, the testing of the Lord, or the discipline that God exercises on His children, we are to press on. If we examine ourselves and find sin, we are to repent and press on. If we determine that it’s not sin, then we are to submit to the sovereign work of our God and seek His face and His will in all our ways, pressing on for the reward of a life well lived!

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.

16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already

attained,

let us walk by the same rule,

let us mind the same thing.”Philippians 3:13-16

And God reminds us that we are never alone; He is with us, and those who have gone on before us, have left an heritage of faithfulness by their examples in Hebrews 11 (for a start!) and Hebrews 12 goes on to remind us what that should evoke in us.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,

let us lay aside every weight,

and the sin which doth so easily beset us,

and let us run with patience

the race that is set before us,

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.

For consider him that endured

such contradiction of sinners against himself,

lest ye be wearied

and faint in your minds.

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood,

striving against sin.

And ye have forgotten the exhortation

which speaketh unto you as unto children,

My son,

despise not thou the chastening

of the Lord,

nor faint when thou art rebuked

of him:

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,

and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening,

God dealeth with you as with sons;

for what son is he whom the father

chasteneth not?

But if ye be without chastisement,

whereof all are partakers,

then are ye bastards,

and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh

which corrected us,

and we gave them reverence:

shall we not much rather be in subjection

unto the Father of spirits,

and live?

10 For they verily for a few days chastened us

after their own pleasure;

but he for our profit,

that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now no chastening for the present

seemeth to be joyous,

but grievous:

nevertheless

afterward

it yieldeth the peaceable fruit

of righteousness

unto them

which are exercised thereby.”    Hebrews 12:1-11

That leaves the question, “Are you a son/daughter of God?” If you are, then there will be trials, disciplines and difficulties in this life but we can trust our God to encourage us when we are “dis”couraged, to lift us up when we are down; to even walk with us through the “valley of the shadow of death”!!! Our God is there for us always—He promised He would be and He IS!!!

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6

The Prophet Jeremiah knew this faithfulness of God, even as his beloved Jerusalem lay in ruins; and God knows your ruins too!!! You can fix your eyes on Jesus and His faithfulness? So will you join Jeremiah and rejoice in the mercies of God?

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” Lam. 3:22-24

We must not faint in the heat of the workday, we must press on with Jesus because He will provide!

       “And let us not be weary in well doing:

for in due season we shall reap,

if we faint not.

       “But ye, brethren,

be not weary

in well doing.

So, let’s “press toward the mark” and keep our “eyes on the prize”!! And my friends, JESUS is the prize. We have eternal life with God Almighty the Father, Jesus The Son, and The Holy Spirit forever and forever. The reaping is ahead—so let’s not faint in weariness—we WIN!!!

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

How can we make it? By the blood of the Lamb and the power of HIS Spirit within those who are saved!!!

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6