Friday, August 5, 2011

"Strength For The Journey"

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

When we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, that trip to the altar or wherever you made the profession, is not the end, but the beginning-- the beginning of a life long journey. Salvation doesn't mean we have "arrived", it means we are just getting started. Along this journey from here until we reach our final destination- eternity- the "road" will not always be smooth ahead of us. There will be "pot holes", bumps, things that try to make us detour or turn around, ups and downs, highs and lows, valleys, mountains to climb, wildernesses to go through, rivers to cross and a whole list of other obstacles that we will encounter. Obstacles such as temptations, issues in relationships, financial difficulties, times of loss, grief, sorrow and pain.

Sometimes the journey feels as if it will never end. Sometimes we feel as though we have become stuck in the valley or will die in the wilderness. Often it may feel like we will never be able to climb the mountain that is in front of us or get through the storm that is raging around us. While we may feel this way, and while we do face these times, I want to encourage you this morning that you are not on this journey alone. The One who you came to at salvation got on the path with you. He is walking every step of the journey with you. Whether you are in the valley or on the mountaintop, in a storm or on a smooth path, He is right there. And His strength is right there for you as well.

You can continue on this journey, you can make it through whatever "terrain" you are facing, you can reach the end because His strength will be there when you are weak. It will uphold you. It will empower you. It will give you the grace you need. It will give you your "second wind". It will provide the victory to overcome all obstacles that get in the way. So don't give up, don't give in, you can make it, you can finish your course because the Lord Himself is with you and His strength is perfected when you get weak and weary of traveling.

Have a great day. The journey may seem long and unbearable at times, but the Lord is with you giving you the strength you need to make it to your final destination.

For further reading:
Psalm 18:29; 68:28
2 Corinthians 12:9
Joel 3:10
Ephesians 6:10

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