Strength From God’s Word

February 7, 2011

I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13

These verses from Paul in the book of Philippians put into context all the trials, afflictions, and challenges we face: Because of what Jesus did for us we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

In order to be more than a conqueror, it implies that we have something to conquer—we aren’t in heaven yet and we live in a fallen world. But every step of the way God is guiding and giving us direction.

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19

Let the truth of these scriptures lift the cloud of hopelessness that may be trying to settle on you. You could be very close to breakthrough, but the cares of this world have spread a fog over the true nature of your situation. Remember, the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), and that is why we must cast down imaginations and take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). If you don’t quit, you can expect breakthrough!

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Ephesians 3:20

You might as well unplug from all the worry, fear, and freak-out, get an overcomer’s attitude and trust God. He has solutions for your problems. With every temptation, trial, and trouble, He provides a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). God gives you all you need. He will strengthen you by might and power in the inner man (Eph. 3:16) to not only have breakthrough in your own situation but to enable you to take Jesus to a broken, fractured world.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff

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