Hi folks! Hope you all had great days today, as did Devo and his mother! It's kind of funny that after forty five months that we still rate our days according to how Devon's day went! I could be having a really good day personally, but when I hear that Devo struggled, I immediately go into my own struggle mode, and then turn to God and request a little grace and mercy going Devo's way! I do realize that even in his struggles, Devo, himself is getting stronger! Dealing with your own struggles is kind of like golf, it's a game of opposites! Whatever you do in golf, it's usually opposite of what you "think" it should be! If you are hitting it right, and aim further left to compensate, the ball usually goes further to the right! Spiritually, we know, that Jesus tells us we should REJOICE in our struggles! Isn't that opposite of what the world tells us to do! The evil one would like us to fold like a cheap lawn chair every time we faced difficulties! He wants us to complain, get frustrated, blame others, and yes, even blame our Heavenly Father! But the book of Corinthians tells us something different:
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ( 2 Corinthians 12:10)
When was the last time you considered yourself strong because you were weak? It's only through the practice of your faith, that you can get to this point in your life! As I said before, the world doesn't teach us this stuff! When we are struggling, we are supposed to be suffering! Instead, we are taught, that the lower we sink under the weight of our struggles, the weaker we become, which in turn requires us to rely more upon the Lord, thus strengthening us! Game of opposites, life and golf!! The game of life doesn't end very well without faith! If we don't summons up a little help from our Savior, we have no chance! Who else will strengthen us when we are weak? Who else will catch us when we are falling? Who else promises to never forsake us? But we don't get any of this without faith! We have to believe that He is, in fact, God! And we have to trust that He will deliver on all of His promises! And once we achieve these criteria, no problem or situation can ever defeat us! But where does our faith come from? Can we do something to get it or what? Not
Where does faith come from? Faith is not something we conjure up on our own, nor is it something we are born with, nor is faith a result of diligence in study or pursuit of the spiritual. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it clear that faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve it, have earned it, or are worthy to have it. It is not from ourselves; it is from God. It is not obtained by our power or our free will. Faith is simply given to us by God, along with His grace and mercy, according to His holy plan and purpose, and because of that, He gets all the glory.
It is a gift from God! WOW! We all love gifts, but this one is a doozie! Faith is simply given to us by God, along with His grace and mercy! It is given to us for one purpose, and one purpose only, TO GIVE HIM GLORY! Remember, faith is the key element! With it, it doesn't matter who is against us, and without it, satan and his gang will rule our world! Pray to God for Him to give you the gifts of faith, grace, and mercy, and then make sure you give Him all the glory! Goodnight and God bless, Dana