May 13, 2020

God’s strength - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that  God  has  given  for  you  today  is  from the  book of  Philippians 4:13  “  I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” 

From the above verse we come to learn that Apostle Paul was commissioned to do the Lords work. And he readily accepted God’s call,   in spite of his weakness. He made mention of his weakness to the Lord three times but the Lord said to him, “My grace is  sufficient  for  you.  For My strength is made perfect in weakness.”So after that Paul never made further request regarding his weakness to the Lord. But he strongly believed that he could do all things through Christ who strengthens him. 

Never say you can’t do anything in life. But say boldly that you can do all things through the might and power of God. “I can do all things.”This statement represents the ultimate and ideal, consciousness of the Christian. The first thing needful, is to throw off mere self sufficiency and to know our weakness and accept God’s free grace in Christ Jesus. The next is to find the strength made perfect in our weakness and in that to be strong. “Through  Christ which strengthens me.” The same word is used in the Bible saying, “Be strong, in the Lord and in the power of his might.”’ Paul once again says, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, that He considered me faithful, and appointed me to serve. ” Paul here emphasis the strength of God, infused in him and by this strength he is confident that he can do all things God expected him to do. 

Just think of Joseph. He was thrown into a deep empty pit in the wilderness by his own brothers, because of jealousy.  They decided to kill him. But suddenly  they  saw  some  merchants.  So they  pulled him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelite for twenty shekels of silver. They dipped his coat with the blood of goat and duped their   father   saying that some wild beast had devoured him.  Therefore  Jacob wept for Joseph. In Egypt Joseph was put in jail  by  Potiphar.  All  his brothers and even his father thought that he was dead. But God did not allow him to die. God was mindful of Joseph because he was blameless before God. Since he interpreted the dream of Pharaoh and saved Egypt from seven years of famine. Pharaoh set him over all the land of Egypt. Thus God exalted Joseph in the strange land. Joseph was precious in the sight of the Lord, so he honored and exalted him, before his brothers.

The vision given to Joseph by God came to pass. His brothers and his father who thought he was dead, came to Egypt to buy grain and found Joseph as the governor of Egypt.  Yes, when the right time came, the victory of God descended upon him, majestically and he became the governor of the entire province of Egypt. Though the promise of God delayed Joseph waited patiently. Hence at the appointed time the promise of God was fulfilled.  Therefore never lose heart.  Trust in Jesus He will lift you higher.  Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like the eagles.  

Those of you who have grown weak, and tired and feel so insecure in life and feel so depressed,   need to brush aside the feeling of weakness, and like Joseph wait upon God to strengthen you. God wants people like you. Because God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wiseGod chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. Joseph was helpless but he never lost hope in God. He  relied on God completely in that strange country.  So God in turn filled him with wisdom, knowledge and good understanding to interpret the dream of Pharaoh.  So he was exalted.  Never think very low of yourself. Instead say “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Then you who were lagging behind will suddenly shoot up and gain recognition.  And the Lord will surely exalt you in due season.   God bless you.

Prayer:  Our   loving   heavenly   Father, we   thank You  for this blessed day.  Dear  Lord,   we  thank You for teaching us through this message that  we need to  be  bold and strive to achieve our goal in life rather than cry over our weakness. Help us to rely on God. And  never to lose our hope. Wait upon God to strengthen you. May we believe that the vision of God will come to pass in  our life too. 

In Jesus name we pray


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