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Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Battle

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

It is very easy to get caught up and overwhelmed with all life throws at us, but the battle in our own minds is probably the most brutal of all battles many of us may ever face. It's fierce and merciless at times. How we think about our circumstances can be far more damaging than the circumstance itself.

When we go into this battle armed with the God's truth, understanding God has a purpose already planned out for us to achieve the goal of bringing His kingdom full circle, our battle becomes an honor to fight. Knowing that our response to each circumstance we face can be a testimony to God's Power and every choice we make in it will either bring God glory or defame Him really shines new light on the battle.

With the eternal mind set, it is no longer our battle but His. Unfortunately, sometimes in our broken human state we need frequent reminders that God has already won. He sent His son Jesus to conquer sin and death. The perfect sacrifice for our freedom. We are already free, yet we live as captives, ensnared in our own thoughts. Let's think about this...Jesus came and opened the door to our prisons, He broke the hinges so we would never have to be imprisoned again. Jesus took all our sin to the cross and died for me and you. He went to battle FOR us. and He won! He was placed in the tomb, and rose again to live in all who will believe.

Christ's power is made perfect in weakness. Jesus, as our sin was being heaped upon Him was in His weakest state, He hung bound on the cross, nails piercing his skin, completely helpless to move. But when it was finished and He gave up His spirit to the father, the earth shook, the dead were raised to life(dead people got up and left their tombs) and the temple curtain was torn in two from top to bottom. Now that is power!

Jesus knew even though He was helpless by man's standards, that God was far more powerful. God would win. Jesus thoughts were continually on God's will, God's purpose, and Jesus knew when to give up His spirit. That is my point. When Jesus gave up his spirit God's power was unleashed, and boy was it ever.

As we go through life, remember where our power lies. It's not in our own efforts, as we often feel as Jesus must have, bound, and helpless. But the truth is, God's grace and power are made perfect in our weakness. It is when we are weakest that God can be glorified most...if we let Him.

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