Am I Any Less Blessed?

How empowered do we feel in the midst of a struggle? Or better yet, how exhausted are we?

Job loss. Health crisis. Behind on the mortgage. Pending divorce. Death in the family. Where does our hope rest? Staring at bills in despair? Taking a diagnosis as a death sentence? Deciding on divorce before counseling? Blaming God?

I direct these questions mainly to Christians because we are definitely not immune from struggle but it does warrant how strong our faith in God is.

We’re in a world where hard times are seen as more of an effort on our part to correct the situation ourselves instead of relying on God alone and trusting in His Holy Word. Where the question of ‘what are you going to do now’ becomes a shouting match or a blame game that we see as do-it-yourself projects.

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4

We may think the world isn’t watching how we Christians react to difficult times, but it is, and they are. And if we look to the how the world handles circumstances then God is seen more as a pretense and not as the source of our strength.

Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.” Psalm 127:1

Our cry in a (seemingly) hopeless situation should be found in prayer and the Holy Spirit. ‘Lord I know what your word says and I’m placing my job, my finances, my spouse, our children, the doctor’s diagnosis and everything in between, into your hands.’ ‘Lord show me how to hold on without letting go, how to bend without breaking, how to pray with assurance and without doubt.’

God acts where there is faith. In our limitations, weaknesses, and in our willingness to turn over do-it-yourself notions. Let’s resolve to act and stand according to God’s Word and not the world’s questioning of ‘what are we going to do next.’

Let’s go Christians!

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

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http://identitylovefaith.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/giant-killer/

http://klarionkall.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/what-is-your-christianity-worth/

http://refusingtotiptoe.com/2012/04/11/does-god-care-if-church-is-fun/

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18 comments

  1. I love this… What a great expression here: ‘Lord show me how to hold on without letting go, how to bend without breaking, how to pray with assurance and without doubt’.
    So often we seem to miss the faith tests God is putting us through – we so often ‘freak out’ and try and sort it on our own… Thanks for this reminder to act and stand according to God’s word, with resolve and determination that he can do anything! God bless.

  2. you have such an excellent way of getting your point across. i know for me personally, i gain strength from your postings. thank u for being a friend in god to me

  3. Thank you Terry. I’m glad for our connection in Christ too.

    Your posts are just as inspiring.

  4. Thank you, GodGirl. Yes, hard times can just be reminders of God’s been there done that, and I’ll do it again kind of power.

  5. Beautifully written, Tahlitha. The way we deal with our trials is a much greater witness to the world than what we do with our blessings.

  6. “And if we look to the how the world handles circumstances then God is seen more as a pretense and not as the source of our strength.” Amen! We have to remember we are being viewed at all times. And we represent Christ. We are to be His hands and feet. With His reactions and attitude.

  7. Excellent post. Just what I and several in my small/home group needed to hear today!

  8. Thank you Kent. God bless you and your home group.

  9. Amen Cristal, hands and feet. Times can be hard but with Christ our attitude should be present and fixed in faith.

  10. Yes indeed, Joshua. Thanks for reading.

  11. Tahlitha,
    You said, “Let’s resolve to act and stand according to God’s Word and not the world’s questioning of ‘what are we going to do next.”
    I loose count of the number of times that a troubled individual comes to me for counseling and says, “I dont know what to do next.” How wonderful it is to see in a 23 word sentence the answer to one of the greatest struggles we all face when we are trying to get through a serious life issue.
    Thank you for another much needed posting! Lord bless.

  12. Thank you so much. I pray that you continue to give those who come to you the answer(s) only found in Christ Jesus.

    God bless you as you minister here and abroad.

  13. Beautifully and truthfully written. 🙂

  14. Thank you Ginny 🙂

  15. “And if we look to the how the world handles circumstances then God is seen more as a pretense and not as the source of our strength.” So true! After reading this I think I’m going just go pray, praise and thank God for believers like yourself and those that have commented. You are blessed and I look forward to reading more!

  16. Thank you Thomas.

    I look forward to reading more from you as well, always thought provoking.

  17. Romans 8:24, 25
    For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
    Patience + Hope
    They don’t disappoint!
    Great Post!

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