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Hang In There!

July 13, 2014 by

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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” ~Ephesians 6:10 (NKJV)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a 19th century Baptist preacher in England. He had the ability to take one or two verses of Scripture and expound on them at great length. He was called the “Prince of Preachers” for this very reason, I suspect. I have heard that he was able to sit at his desk on Saturday evening and write out his sermon for the next day. I have read a number of those sermons, and I can tell you that they are quite eloquent and meaningful. I am not so gifted.

Nevertheless, since I have sort of appointed myself your spiritual encourager, I thought this one verse was chocked full of encouragement that could keep you going. While I admit that the title to today’s morning offering is not very spiritual, you can identify with it, I hope.

As you get enmeshed in the daily grind of living out your life today, prepare yourself for the challenges you will encounter. You can do this by heeding Paul’s advice in verses 10 through 20 and make ready to do battle with any force you encounter today. And, you know very well that it is going to happen. The moment you let your guard down, WHAM! The enemy lurks about looking for a soft spot in your faith walk.

Though we can be assured that the victory is ours through what Christ accomplished on the cross, the battle must still be waged. Take comfort in the idea that “. . . be strong in the Lord . . .” are the same words that Moses, Abraham, Joshua, and a host of others heard when they were called to accomplish something for God. I think we need to be reminded of that . . . often.

So, these are your watchwords for this day:

I am praying for you that your faith will not fail.

-Pastor John Roberts

Heather invites you to check out this great reminder of our faith – Live By Faith Cross.

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Pastor-John

 

Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years. 

4 Responses to Hang In There!

  1. Rick

    This morning’s message reminded me of a sermon I heard recently. It had to do with a common error that many of us believe and use to encourage others who are going through tough times. I myself was guilty of evoking it as well. I would tell that person not to worry, that God will not allow you to go through something you cannot handle. The correct exposition of this scripture is that God will not allow you to go through something that He cannot handle (see 1Cor 10:13). This shift, changes everything. It puts the proper emphasis on who has the power in our lives. Pastor John pointed out Moses, Abraham, and Joshua as examples of men God called for his purpose. In reading about some of their limitations, fears and past circumstances, their only hope was to be found in God. In surrendering to His leading, His plans, to accomplish His will, they found His strength to prevail. So when we feel we cannot face something in life, remember who can and call upon His name. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might!

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