Archive for April, 2011

Strong Enough

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Christian Living

You know, we often find ourselves going through situations that seem to be more than we can handle. We often ask God why. “God, why are you allowing this to happen? Why are you putting me through this?” Believe me, I’ve asked those questions too.

One instance is over this past summer. I struggled with my salvation and questioned whether I was really saved or not. The reason is, I got out of my routine of getting up in the morning and spending time with God in prayer and in his Word and it made me vulnerable. My focus was not on God and I did what I wanted to do. Therefore, God allowed Satan to attack me, and attack me he did. I began to doubt my salvation and I had a fear of being left behind in the Rapture. Now even though I was eight years old when accepted Christ for the first time, I had grown up all my life as a Christian so I never really thought about it often, I just knew I was saved. I believed in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection and I knew that that is sufficient to save me and never questioned it. Though over the summer my faith was shook to the point that I actually started to believe I had not been saved as a kid and that I would be left behind. In July, I went to Woodlands, a church camp in Georgia, and there I prayed and told God that I did believe and for a little while said that I was saved then. Though deep down inside I knew it was an emotional experience because I was scared, confused, and while praying had made the point of saying everything your “supposed to say”, while knowing that a prayer didn’t save anybody.

I doubted a lot that summer and even into the months afterwards. I listened to the lies of Satan and I know they were lies because I knew I believed the Gospel and knew that that is sufficient to save me. Moreover, once I began to get back into God’s Word and daily prayer again, I began to be confident again, I was reassured that I was saved. The reason is, after constantly over analyzing the Gospel I looked at it simply as exactly as what it says in order to be saved…simply believe with your heart that Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried in a tomb, and on the third day God raised Him from the dead. It is that simple. I knew that I believed it. Along with that, since once saved always saved I knew I would be in heaven one day. I am now stronger than before and God showed me many things through those experiences.

That is just my story. As I look back, one of things I see is that I survived. See God promises us that he will never give us anything that we are not strong enough to handle. In Philippians 4:13, Paul tells us that we “can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth [us]. In Joshua 1:9, God tells us “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” God is always with us, he will never leave us (Heb. 13:5). We find our strength not in ourselves but in Christ, for He gives us the strength to do what we cannot do on our own.

When we find ourselves in the situations of life, we simply have to rely on God and our strength in Christ to get us through them. We have to walk not by sight or own views and understandings, but by faith that God is in control. (2 Cor. 5:7) There is acronym I like that reminds us of this very message, F.R.O.G. Fully Rely On God. That is what we have to do. We see in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that Paul was Fully Relying On God, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul knew that when we are weak, Christ makes us strong. Paul would rather have suffered through his infirmities or weaknesses so he can let Christ’s power give him strength instead of relying on his own. And that is Paul’s prayer for us as well, that we would relying on Christ to give us strength, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;” Ephesians 3:16.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Psalms 46:1

If you fully rely on God and your strength in Christ, you will survive.

Andy Catt

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