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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 20:33

Do You Know the Strength of Your Savior?

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Romans 12:2:“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

 

About a month ago, I was about to go for a walk when one of those sudden summertime thunderstorms rolled in.  You know the drill here in the Deep South, sudden strong winds, lightning, sideways rain and then, just as suddenly, it’s over.  As I headed out for my walk after this five minute blast, I discovered in that short amount of time that large trees were snapped, trash cans were tossed about and the awning from our neighborhood tennis courts was ripped to shreds and thrown across the park. I started thinking, as I often do with intense thunderstorms, that God’s strength is pretty amazing…even when it’s in the form of destruction. I stand in awe at how quickly and mightily He can move. 

As soon as I allowed this awestruck observation to enter my mind, I heard God say, “I move this way through your life, Kim, when there is no physical storm brewing.  I move with this same intensity and force when I’m clearing the way or holding you or providing a sense of calm.  Do you know my strength?  I move this way when I’m tearing apart insecurities or breaking fears in half; when I’m uprooting despair and hopelessness.  I move this way when sadness seems to have an unrelenting grip on your life—I tear it apart as I love you with that same force. Do you know my strength?”

 

Three checkpoints to help you know your Savior’s strength:

 

*Stay in fellowship

 

*Give God control

 

*Stay in His word and in prayer

 

A sweet friend, Pat, recently shared a perfect story of how staying in fellowship, in community, will allow you to feel and see the strength of our Savior.  This friend is someone who hasn’t felt well or strong enough to do all she wants to do over the past few years, so getting out and staying in fellowship isn’t always easy.  A recent visit to church allowed her path to cross with that of another grandmother worried about her 17-year-old grandson who has autism.  This grandmother was telling Pat how she wished she could find a way to help her grandson.  Pat suggested setting up tennis lessons with a pro in town whom she had just met and who works with teens with learning disabilities.  Pat did the footwork to set up a regular weekly lesson that is providing positive results, and it’s a regular gathering for Pat, the other grandmother and the mom of the young man.  This grandmother told Pat, “Thank you so much; you’re the only person who has shown any interest in my grandson.”  Pat told me with great enthusiasm that this is a great blessing for her to see.  In a quick, short amount of time, God’s strength is breaking the grips of depression, shredding hopelessness and raining joy, straight down and sideways!  Our Lord can come in with a force, like a storm, tear away your sadness and despair, uproot your hopelessness and restore His joy and peace.  I told Pat I’m so thankful she is choosing to stay in fellowship with others.  We can’t get through the difficulties of this life on our own, but in community anything is possible.  That’s how God made us.

 

 

Romans 12:3-4:Don’t think you are better than you really are.  Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.  Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body.  We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”

 

 

When we allow God to weave our lives together in joy and sadness, His strength will amaze us. Look at Romans 12:10-13: “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.  Never be lazy but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically, rejoice in our confident hope, be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”  When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.”  (And when you do, you’ll know His strength, His will—it’s good, pleasing and perfect!)

 

Have you given God complete control of your life? On a recent vacation, my family and I had to take a very small plane to our final destination.  The pilot seemed a little rattled or upset about something as he climbed through his window, then a piece of the border around the window came off in his hand!  I thought,Isn’t it amazing how we’ll turn the controls over to a complete stranger in an uncomfortable situation but we struggle to turn our entire lives over to a God who would never hurt us, desires to give us the immeasurable, and is overly qualified to “pilot” our lives?

 

Call on the Holy Spirit to flood, storm into your life—tearing up any worry, doubts, pain or sorrow, and flooding in peace, joy and a sense of calm. 

 

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your mighty strength!  Please keep us in community with another, in your word and prayer, and may you always be at the controls of our lives!  Amen.

 

 

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