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Three Lessons of Weakness

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Three Lessons of Weakness
  • Weakness exposes our self-reliance. Before we experience an obvious weakness, a part of us thinks we are doing well because we are good; we’re strong. After we’ve had the wind knocked out of our lungs we begin to realize how weak we are apart from Christ.

 

  • Weakness draws us closer to God. Look at Peter’s before and after the cross experience. Before the cross Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

 

  • Weakness makes us more authentic. Before we know just how weak we are apart from Christ, we live like pretenders. After the experience of weakness we know who we are. We are more authentic, more human.

I too have come to realize weakness is a gift from God!

 

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Take the Christian Faith as Your Shield

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Take the Christian Faith as Your Shield

“In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”[1]

I was privileged to go to Rome in August. We went to the prison Paul was in while waiting to be executed. I stood on the stones where Paul stood. Paul was on death row in Rome. At the end of Paul’s life, as he sat on death row waiting his execution he said in the last chapter he ever wrote, “I have fought a good fight, I finished my race, but greatest of all, I have kept the faith.”[2]

Corrie ten Boom lost her father and sister in a concentration camp. She got out on a technicality and spent the rest of her life telling people about the love of God. She said, “No matter how deep and dark the hell is, the love of God is greater than all that darkness.”

That’s her faith that shielded and protected her.

Relentless, unwavering faith in God will carry you through every battle!

Listen to the complete message here.

[1] Ephesians 6:16 GW

[2] 1 Timothy 4:7

Rejoice and Find Peace in the Storm

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Rejoice and Find Peace in the Storm

My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways. James 1:2 GW

 A potter knows air that remains in pockets of clay can cause his masterpiece to explode. So he works the clay over and over to insure he has pounded all the air pockets out of the clay so that when it goes through the fire, it comes out pure—the masterpiece he envisioned.

James was a ridiculous “rejoicer.” He knew that in the midst of the difficulty, the hard times, God was at work shaping and molding each one of us, preparing us to withstand the fire. I’m not saying that God created the difficult circumstances, but I believe He uses the hard times for our good.

Have you ever asked in the midst of a trial, “God, what are you doing?” James said to rejoice—to be very happy—when you are tested because in the end, when it’s all over, it will turn out for your good.

Get a big picture of your situation. Choose right now in the middle of all the stress and chaos to rejoice. Be that ridiculous “rejoicer.” It will change your attitude and give you peace in the storm.

For more on this topic, listen to the podcast, Peace of Mind, from the series Philippians – Peace No Matter What.

Maturity—Avoiding Catastrophic Failure

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Maturity—Avoiding Catastrophic Failure

Maturity, when full grown, gives birth to death. Maturity is the growing stage and the third stage that may lead to catastrophic failure in your life. From the point of human conception, a child grows exponentially from two cells to a seven and a half pound baby. That’s a lot of growth in nine months.

Sin follows the same process. In time, sin grows to the place it can no longer be hidden. It begins to control our lives, and we spin out of control. It may surprise you to know that some of the people you see at Wheeler Mission, right here in Indianapolis are former professionals—educated people who at one point had lots of money. At some point in their lives a desire grew to maturity and took them off the rails. Sin eventually brings death.

Blessed are those who endure when they are tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12 GW).

Some often think that pastors don’t understand—they’re perfect. That’s a myth—it’s just not true. There are catastrophic failures in the church, and in the lives of pastors.

James 1:16-17 says, My dear brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled. Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars. The Father doesn’t change like the shifting shadows produced by the sun and the moon.

Hold fast to your confidence in God. Hebrews 10:35 says, So don’t lose your confidence. It will bring you a great reward. You need endurance so that after you have done what God wants you to do, you can receive what he has promised.
Your Heavenly Father wants to help you! Ask Him for whatever you need help with today.

For more on this topic, listen to the podcast http://www.lakeviewchurch.org/2015/09/20/four-stages-that-may-lead-to-catastrophic-failure/

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