1. Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
There are times in life when we feel so tired, worn out and stressed out that we think we are done, and we cannot even take one more step. Times when we seem to be going from crisis to crisis. There are times it seems when our friends and family drain all the energy from us as we give all our time and energy to them. But the Lord wants to give you new strength, renew your strength. He wants you to have life, and live it in abundance. God intends a wonderful fruitful life for us. Sometimes the key to that is stopping, and waiting on Him to accomplish His will in our lives.
All of us seem to grow impatient when we have to wait. A lot of times because of the hustle and bustle of our lives, we rush through life without stopping to evaluate where we are going, or what we are doing. Part of the process of God’s wondrous ability to bless our lives is you and I taking the time to slow down and listen for His voice. As we slow down and wait on Him, we are reminded of our complete dependence on His strength. I we take the time to stop slow down and wait, as we seek His will, He will reveal His plan for our lives.
2. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God so loved – God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” A parent may love his child and desire his welfare, and yet be strongly opposed to the conduct of that child. The world refers to all humanity. This does not mean any particular sect, creed, religion or race, but to every man and woman created by Him, part of the human race that had rebelled and that deserved to die.
When we stop and look at the circumstances at the time of His wondrous gift, we should always be eternally grateful. The entire world was in sin, and exposed to the wrath of God., and all of humanity were living in hopelessness without salvation. For salvation to be accomplished God had to give His only Son. The world had no right to receive the gift of God of themselves; it was a gift – an undeserved gift resulting of the death of Christ upon the cross. Jesus tasted “spiritual death for all mankind,” He died for us all. The gift of God was a free and unmerited gift, it pleased God to give his Son into the hands of men to die in their place. It was the greatest act of compassion and movement of love that sinners should not perish forever, but be redeemed by the blood of Christ shed on Calvary.
Never has a greater love been so mistreated, never has a greater love been abused, rejected, forsaken, and trampled upon than the love of our God. It is the love of God which we must look at in order to find an answer to dealing with our own love issues.“For God so loved the world”. God still loved after all the rejection by mankind. God still cared for us with a love so powerful that it had no conditions, had no restraint; it was in love that He gave His Son to die for our sins.
Looking at the situation from the human condition that would seem impossible. Year after year; decade after decade; century after century even stretching into millenniums, the human race was never faithful to God. Yet the love of God carried no bitterness, it harbored no ill will, it showed no restraint, but freely gave that we might be redeemed.
If God had reacted to all the unfaithfulness of man, and given love in the way that we do with our wounded hearts, there would be no Calvary; There would be no empty tomb; There would be no intercessor for our sins; There simply would be no salvation. Thank God for His love in Christ Jesus.
3. Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ”For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Wow, what a comfort, what a blessing, what joy there is in the love from our Lord to know that no hardships, troubles, lack of finances, nothing we can ever experience no matter how hard, trying or terrible things get, nothing can separate us from the love of God.
No hardship or distress we might encounter in life can be so overwhelming that Gods love for you does not increase as what you are going through intensifies. At these moments His love grows strong. Such is not the human condition. There is no pain in life so powerful that Gods love does not bring you comfort.
In life there may be times when you are hungry, but you will never hunger for lack of the Father’s love. In life sometimes we are abandoned by those we love as financial dire circumstances beset us. But poverty or lack of finances cannot rob you of God’s compassion, just as even death itself is not capable of robbing us of our Father’s infinite love.
In life many times our love is dictated by the circumstances we find ourselves in, but we cannot base our view of God’s love on our circumstances. Have you ever said to yourself, “If God loves me how could He allow this to happen to me”? At times in life we sometimes question what we clearly read in God’s word concerning His love for us. God states that and promises that we will never be separated from His endless love.
If you can allow the death of Christ on the cross to embrace your heart and settle in the depths of your soul, any doubt you might have about God’s love for you can be settled. You can confidently face any hardship in your life. Just realize that God is not like man and is not moved by hardship or dire circumstances, and know that there will never be anything that can separate us from God’s perfect love. This removes fear and releases the love of God in your life and He is able to express His love for you no matter how hard the situation you are in is. Always remember the love of God is not to be understood or measured from the human experience, so do not view God’s love based on your circumstances, instead see you circumstances from the perspective of God’ love for you.
God is Love, and His love is very different from human love. God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him, and He sacrificed His own Son, who also willingly died for us so that we might know His love.
4. Revelations 3:7-8 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I see what you have done. Now see what I have done. I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
Philadelphia was a city that was one of the most beautiful in all of ancient Greece. In 17 AD an earthquake hit the city. It was one of the greatest earthquakes in history. Many of the residents were swallowed up in yawning chasms created by the disaster. The city was completely destroyed. As the massive and beautiful city was toppled by the natural disaster, the residents were forced to live outside the city in makeshift homes and tents.
John was writing here in Revelation to a church there in the city of Philadelphia. These church members had been removed from their homes, struggled to live in the conditions that followed the earthquake and survived the conditions in the tent city while the restoration of the city was taking place. John was saying to them;” You are going to be fine, have no fear; God has set before you an open door”.
We read in this passage in Revelation what John said to that church. He said to paraphrase “You are doing extremely well! Your character is amazing. You are sharing Christ and your faith in God with others despite your circumstances. You are standing strong, unwavering for God and His word. You are teaching others of your faith. God has set before you an open door in the midst of all your trials and tribulations; recognize this. If you will simply recognize the open door God has placed in front of you, and walk through that door, no one on earth can shut the door that God has opened for you.
We should not be labored and worried about the tragedies of our past. If an earthquake strikes your life and everything around you seems to topple, just realize that God is in control and He is faithful to deliver you and place before you open door filled with success. Do not worry or be afraid if you see a door in your life close and you are feeling afraid. The door that closes in your life, could be a job, it could be a relationship or any number of things. The principles here in Revelation are simple.
- I know that you have little strength. We need to realize that we are weak and He is strong. Simple theology for God to work in your life. Surrender to His will, His strength will always deliver and guide you.
- You have kept my word. When we use what we have to keep His Word, His Word becomes a living force in our lives. What we have is faith in a risen Savior that delivered us from sin. He will also deliver us in our time of need. We also have the power of His Spirit working in us to direct our thoughts, give us comfort and guide our paths. In His Word is direction for our life and that life more abundant in Christ Jesus.
- You have not denied my name. Times will be rough, times will be difficult and times will be hard. Circumstances will sometimes make us doubt everything we believe in. But there is good news, He who has overcome death itself is alive in you and me, and He is always working on our behalf to give us strength and deliver us from the “earthquakes” that occur in our lives. So don’t deny Him when the going gets tough. This doesn’t mean just to deny His name, don’t deny Him the opportunity to intercede on your behalf. Submit to Him and His will and allow Him to open the door that He wants you to go through and trust His Spirit to guide you to the place where you can rebuild the tragedies in your life through Christ Jesus.
The safest place to be at is where The Lord is leading. The Lord is always opening and closing doors if we are following Him. Doors in our lives will close, sometimes we must leave them shut so the future can open up for us. It may seem that the circumstances do not always make sense, but we must trust God’s wisdom for our lives. The point of full surrender to the will of God is exciting and liberating, yet sometimes extremely frustrating. We know God calls us to trust Him in ALL things, and it will always make things worse if we trust in our own thoughts ability and reasoning. We MUST be resolved to follow Him at all costs. God’s greatest glory is not us in never falling, but in rising every time we fall in Christ Jesus.
5. 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.
Knowing and having assurance that we are loved by Jesus means we can bear every part of our soul to Him. We can let Him into every part of our being—even the strange, broken, messed-up, hurt and destroyed parts of our deepest inner selves. Love in Christ means we have the assurance we are always loved and appreciated. The love of Christ knows no boundaries. He loves all of us and He intimately knows every part of us. We are worthy in His eyes and will never be rejected by our Savior. When life’s trials and tribulations bring us down, and we are troubled, weak and failing; and when the road seems long and weary, His abiding promise reminds us that His love for us remains the strongest.
- My grace is sufficient for thee – is not the answer I believe Paul was expecting to hear. He was afraid during his time of trouble and called out for the problem to be removed. If God had done so, Paul may have been satisfied, but God was teaching us something valuable—the answer we seek is not always that which we need. We are really being shown—as great as we think our trials are, we have NOTHING TO FEAR. We can boldly receive any affliction and stand firm, rejoicing in the Lord’s grace. We have the written promise of God’s never-ending support in the blood of our Savior. We will never sink under the burden of heavy woes, for He will hold us up and carry us through any storm.
- My strength is made perfect in weakness –—for in weakness, the strength of the grace of the Lord is manifested in us, even more. When we are feeling strong and our days are full of sunshine and blue skies, we do not have the need for divine aid. Yet during our midst of despair, we are fully conscious of being weak, broken, feeble, and in need of His strength. It is the times when we are desperately in need of His aid that Jesus manifests his power of grace in our lives to strengthen us, to uphold us , and impart to us His divine comfort. We are best where we are weak, because it is in our weakness we allow Christ to take over, be the center of strength in our lives. We are best when we are weak because in our weakness we are able to completely surrender our will to our Redeemer, as His grace supplies our every need. In our flesh we often become bold, brazen and full of ourselves, but when tragedy strikes, our own pride and audacity is useless. We are best when we are weak because in our weakness we completely surrender our will to our Redeemer and His grace supplies our every need.
To the world, rejoicing in suffering may seem an unusual paradox, but in the heavenly realm, it is a blessing. Grace is poured out so that we may experience the fullness of what Christ paid for on Calvary. There is no greater joy we can receive. There is nothing but Christ and His grace that is needed. Grace will give us pleasure and joy during our tribulations, the strength to endure, and the ability to smile though our tears. Such is the power of Grace.