So as some of you may have noticed, i didn’t do word for word last week, It’s a series that i love to write and it’ll be resuming this week, but the reason we missed a week is because of what happened on the Sunday.
I was preparing to share my testimony for the first time in a church, in front of a congregation, and to say it was nerve-racking is a huge understatement, and though it wasn’t perfect, it was one of the first times in a while i’ve genuinely proud of myself, i’ll include a link to it at the end if you’re interested. But the main reason i mention this is because i want this to be a show of the works of the lord.
I’ve mentioned my issues with confidence many times in this blog, how i’ve gone from someone unable to speak in one to one conversations, to someone who is able to speak in front of a congregation of people, someone that is able to sing in front of a full church, and that isn’t through anything i’ve done, or anything i am, it’s through the life changing power that is found in the Lord. And there’s one verse that sums this up perfectly.
“I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
This verse seems to be coming up alot in my life as of late, maybe it’s relevent for this season my life, or maybe i’m being asked to keep sharing it with all of wonderful people reading this. But this seems to be one of the more forgotten verses from the new testament, yet i think it’s one of the most important.
One of the biggest problems that affects this generation, secular or saved, is a lack of belief in self. We really are a generation of self-doubt. But this is the problem. Those yet to know Jesus don’t know the hope he brings and the strength he gives us, and the saved sometimes struggle with their salvation.
Don’t get me wrong, i still have my struggles with giving everything to God. I still have trouble leaving all my worries at the foot of the Cross. But just admitting that doesn’t fix the problem, and i know i’m not alone in struggling with this.
This verse is not only a point of truth in our lives of following Christ. But it’s a promise of Jesus’ love for us as his people. He will not abandon us, he will not leave us, he does not forget about us, and we can do all things in his name and through his presence.
When we as the people of God come to realise this and actually live this out, nothing can stop us? We already know that nothing can separate us from the love that is found in Christ (Romans 8:38) What could hope to stand to the creator of all things? Who could stop us when the lord of all is on our side?
If only we had as much trust in this promise as we do in the promises of man. Self doubt and a lack of confidence would no longer be an issue among the saved. Including myself. The question is, how do we go from a people of fear to a people of strength? The answer may be an obvious one, but an important one.
In order to truly live the word of the Lord, we really need to know it. Not just a verse here and there and the parts that we like the sound of, but as much as we can. We must be a people of practical faith, that means knowing the word of the Lord in order to live it out in our everyday. I know how busy our day-to-day lives can be, but Jesus never said following him would be easy.
It’s a big commitment to follow Jesus, and it’s not as simple as turning up to church once in a blue moon and singing some songs before going home and forgetting about him until you need him again. But it’s a worth while one, and nothing in this world will ever be able to compare for the love that is found in his truth.
So this week, i challenge you to push into a part of the bible be it a book or a chapter, and really take the time to come to terms with the power that is in you and the love that he has for you, and apply that to your life this week.
Thank you for reading and May God Bless you.