In the book of Romans, Paul says that “when I go to do good, evil is always present.”
Every single day of my Christian journey is a struggle; not because I’m an evil person, but simply because I’m a person. I’m human. Evil is always present. Bad things happen to
good people. All of those things you’ve heard so many times before, But God…
But God can only deliver us from evil doings.
But God is the one who is our comforter when we are surrounded by tens of people, yet still feel alone.
But God is the one who KNOWS we do evil, but loves us anyway.
How comforting is that? I know that whenever there is a situation in my life that I may think is negative, God always has something positive right behind it. I want to encourage you with a few scriptures that get me through tough times; whether if it’s a battle within myself (Evil lurking) or a battle with outside forces.
Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
In all things, seek God FIRST! That’s all…
2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Jesus! This scripture speaks to me!! There are many times where I have been in a situation where either the people or the situation is a pain in my neck, but I have recently been in a situation where it’s felt like a thorn in my side! I prayed and asked God to pretty much deal with it, then one day, this scripture was laid right in front of me.
The Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh and he prayed the same prayer, THREE times for God to remove it, but God said, “No. My grace is sufficient!!”
As opposed to asking God to remove this thorn, I started asking God to help me to deal, in spite of. I’ve learned that His grace is sufficient, where I am weak, He is strong. Once I have learned to rely on God’s grace, then I realized that the experience has and will continue to teach me patience. I encourage you to view that sharp torment as a gift from our heavenly Father.
Luke 1:37 – For with God nothing shall be impossible.
My mantra is to live without limits. Live in a fashion where you aren’t limiting yourself to certain skill sets, or goals and aspirations. Many times the reason(s) people don’t try new things, or travel to unfamiliar and foreign places, or take deserving vacations, is because they feel that they are not worthy. Those sorts of things are not things, or not places, or not adventures that they feel they deserve to experience. In addition, many people don’t go after certain positions in their career because they don’t think that the hiring manager will ever choose “someone like them”.
God doesn’t limit us. He doesn’t limit our abilities, nor does He limit our potential, so why should we put those limits on ourselves?! NOTHING is impossible with God on our side.
1 Chronicles 4:10 – Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.
I usually recite and read this scripture daily. I’m simply asking God to increase not only my territory, but increase me. Increase me in every aspect of my life, but in the midst of my increase, stay with me to keep me from pain.
Scripture can provide so much hope and joy and peace and guidance and wisdom and comfort. I pray that the scriptures I’ve chosen as my Friday faves encourages you to continue to rely on Christ and give you the comfort that you need.