Thursday, December 26, 2013
Psalm 31; 14-15 ''But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.''
Are your troubles of today met with grace? Is your grief so great, like David's, that your mind and soul are consumed with it? We must not get ahead of our selves with worry, but trust in the Lord and His mercy.
As with me and having a progressive disease, I could get caught up with what's to come. Worry and speculation can override your normal thoughts, if not controlled. Worry about tomorrow can steal your joy of today, if you let it.
One day at a time is how we are meant to handle our trials. 'My grace is sufficient for you.' I know that 'is this ever going to get better?' can run through our minds and create feelings of hopelessness and despair. It is temporary, even if it lasts your entire lifetime. For believers, each day is one step closer to an eternal heaven. So keep running your life's race with perseverance....and never give up. Meet every battle with 'I trust in you, Lord.'
Ten reasons why God's grace is sufficient for you.....[from Bogdan Kipko]
1. When a sickness strikes, the Lord’s grace is expedient enough to heal and prolonged enough to demand a dependence on Him that was never before seen.
2. When resources are scarce, the Lord’s grace is sufficient and He will provide.
3. When faced with a conflict, the Lord’s grace is potent enough to see you through it so long as you realize that at the foot of His cross, all conflict has already found its resolution.
4. When uncertainity is tainting your mood, know that the Lord’s grace is the beacon of light that will provide the pathway to a place of prosperity.
5. When people fail to live up to your expectations, understand that the Lord’s grace is enough even when you have placed your identity in people instead of the One who made people.
6. When a dark season befalls your life, realize that the Lord’s grace is just as visible there, regardless of your ability to see it.
7. When exponential growth is not instantly visible in your ministry, embrace the grace of our Lord because he rewards not the boastful but first those who are faithful.
8. When it seems that you are lacking something, boast in that weakness because this is exactly the area in which God will want to display His power and glory.
9. When it seems as if though the gospel has stopped spreading, repent of not seeing the Lord’s grace as the gospel is producing its fruit in the entire world, including yours.
10. When it seems as if though you are not accomplishing much, remember what the master says to his servant: “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matt. 25:23).