The Power That’s Behind You

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Signboard | 0 comments

The following message was posted on our signboard on August 20, 2016…

THE POWER BEHIND YOU

IS GREATER THAN

THE PROBLEM AHEAD OF YOU

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In this life, we keep running into problems…

The garage door won’t open…
The car won’t start…
The Credit Card company lost your last payment…
Your child is sick…
You are sick…
That project is due tomorrow! …
A loved one died …

Our minds are constantly occupied with thoughts of how we’re going to over come the next “battle.”  How do we get past the next bump in the road.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them,

because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

  NIV

1 John 4:4

 

Power for the Little Bumps…

John is writing about spiritual battles.  The “One who is in the world” is the One who constantly fights against us to draw our attention from what really matters: our relationship with God.  Jesus tells us that when we keep our priorities straight, we won’t have to worry about all of the little bumps that we encounter in life…

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Rainbow over Steeple_300x300

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?   Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

 (Luke 12:22-26) NIV

 

Power for the Bigger Issues…

Not only do we not have to worry about the “little bumps,” we don’t have to worry about the big picture problems about life’s meaning.  To counter the slew of problems, God has made his own series of promises…

“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”…

(John 14:14)

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”…

(Hebrews 13:5)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you… Do not let your hearts be troubled.”…

(John 14:27)

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”…

(John 16:33)

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink.” …

(Matthew 6:25)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” …

(Matt 11:28-29)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want…

(Psalm 23:1)

 

Now this isn’t to say that God is some kind of Heavenly Genie or Rabbit’s Foot.  “In this world we WILL have trouble.”  And yet, if we are in tune with God’s purposes and if we seek to do His will, He will help us overcome the problems.  Even if we’re venturing down a wrong path, He’ll yank us back into His will if we let Him (consider the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32).

As we walk in a life of faith, constantly seeking God’s will instead of our own answers, we’ll discover the assurance that Paul wrote about:

If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
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.  

(Romans 8:31-33, 38-39)

 

If God’s Spirit is in us, He’ll not only get us through the problems we’re facing, He’ll use them to make us stronger.  The Power Within always defeats the Power Without and brings us closer to God.

 

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