Sometimes we think that because we are tempted or that problems just seem to multiply in our lives, that God doesn't care, that He's out "to get us," or He just isn't big enough to help fight our battles.
But the fact is, He DOES care and He IS big enough. More than big enough, actually. There is nothing that God does not have the power or wisdom to overcome all the temptations and trials in our lives.
The power that raised the dead, caused the lame to walk, enable the blind to see, healed the lepers, fed thousands from almost nothing is the SAME power that we have in us to fight temptation and have peace in our trials.
WHAT?! Yep, it's true, like it or not. We have no excuses to fall into temptation except that we didn't call on the power of the Spirit within us to overcome it. We have no reason to not have joy or peace in the midst of trials, even excruciating trials, except that we are not leaning on and trusting in the love and power of Jesus Christ.
You see, when you and I realize that the source of all struggle and pain we experience is a result of the sin in our lives. It is NOT from God; it may be allowed by God, but not from God. He allows it in order for us to see the darkness in our own hearts and how far we really are from God. He allows it to help us see how much we really need Him to help us overcome sin.
He has given us His Spirit to live within us in empower us to recognize temptation and resist it. His Spirit guides us to seek God in the middle of trials to strengthen us and enable us to find peace and joy. His Spirit is a Spirit of POWER, LOVE, SELF-DISCIPLINE. Therefore, when we are tempted to complain, blame, justify, or excuse sin, we are not walking in God's Spirit.
So, what spirit are you following?
The first thing Jesus said to His disciples was "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." This same charge has been given to us. We are to be made into fishers of men so others can be made into fishers of men. This is the purpose behind the Great Commission. We do this by living the Great Commandments. The Great Commandments are:
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus Himself said all the law and prophets rest on these two commandments.
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