Sunday, January 14, 2024

The Sustaining Power of Jesus Christ

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The power of God will take you out of your own plans and put you into the plan of God.“ ~Smith Wigglesworth

In his Christian journey and during one of the worst times of his life, Paul acknowledged the
empowerment of Christ. He then shared what he learned with the Corinthian believers and wrote: "For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV). And from this experience, there are two principles for our reflection today:

1.       Being content with Christ provides empowerment that can drastically change how we face various challenges in life.

2.       During times of weakness, submitting to Christ becomes an opportunity for Him to empower us with His strength.

Maybe you are wondering how the Lord empowered Paul after experiencing the worst possible attack of his life. How does the strength of God manifest during the weakest point of life? However, in his letter to the Philippian congregation, he shared how he grew stronger in his relationship with Jesus despite experiencing various encounters of the worst kind: 

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13 ESV)

Charles Spurgeon shared how God empowers His people: “Great tribulation brings out the great strength of God. Oh, there must be the weakness of man, felt, recognized, and mourned over, or else the strength of the Son of God will never be perfected in us.” 

In other words, God sustains with His power what He expects to accomplish during the worst times of life. It is about keeping our perspective aligned with His plans and purposes for everything that matters. And in doing so, it increases our faith and motivation moving forward. Moreover, every little and big thing that happens comes with a specific purpose for fulfilling His mandate given to us. Thus, never miss what God reveals each moment because He promises everything will be alright!

What matters is seeing things from the perspective of God and the reasoning behind it all. Unfortunately, we diminish the bigness of God when we focus on the problem, thus making it bigger than God. Remember, God is always in control of what He wants to accomplish in our lives and trusting Him is the only option during the worst times. 

Finally, let me share this statement for us to think about: 

God’s strength is made perfect in weakness when we put our faith and trust in Him. The Lord’s presence is all we need in times of weakness. His great power and sufficiency rest on us as we find our strength in Him, and He is glorified. We can say with the psalmist, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).”[i]

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