Day: July 15, 2013
1 John 5:4
The Message (MSG)
The Power That Brings the World to Its Knees
4-5 Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.
It is easy to love Him when the blue is in the sky,
When the summer winds are blowing, and we smell the roses nigh;
There is little effort needed to obey His precious will
When it leads through flower-decked valley, or over sun-kissed hill.
It is when the rain is falling, or the mist hangs in the air,
When the road is dark and rugged, and the wind no longer fair,
When the rosy dawn has settled in a shadowland of gray,
That we find it hard to trust Him, and are slower to obey.
It is easy to trust Him when the singing birds have come,
And their songs of praise are echoed in our heart and in our home;
But it’s when we miss the music, and the days are dull and drear,
That we need a faith triumphant over every doubt and fear.
And our blessed Lord will give it; what we lack He will supply;
Let us ask in faith believing–on His promises rely;
He will ever be our Leader, whether smooth or rough the way,
And will prove Himself sufficient for the needs of every day.
Trusting even when it appears you have been forsaken; praying when it seems your words are simply entering a vast expanse where no one hears and no voice answers; believing that God’s love is complete and that He is aware of your circumstances, even when your world seems to grind on as if setting its own direction and not caring for life or moving one inch in response to your petitions; desiring only what God’s hands have planned for you; waiting patiently while seemingly starving to death, with your only fear being that your faith might fail–“this is the victory that has overcome the world”; this is genuine faith indeed.
Rent due, Mortgage due, car note due, children acting a fool, fear whaling up behind this Zimmerman debacle, moral decay of a nation right before your eyes, student loans out of reach, criminal proceedings against you, friends forsaken you, family speaking ill of you, betrayed, hungry, laid off, broken marriage or relationship, scream Jesus! Jesus! in faith. Hold on to your faith amidst the storms of your journey but not your destination.
I encourage you to have Jesus while getting squeezed. You can only have Him by meditation, repentance, prayer, confession of Roman 10:9, read it for yourself ask for help to understand it. Make your stance against the on-slaught taking place and remind God to do as He said He would to His servant. Get into position with God and His Son and put on the Whole Armor of God.
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