23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have
worked much harder,been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and
been exposed to death again and again.
24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was
shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from
bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city,
in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.
27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger
and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
1 Corinthians 11:23-28
I think you will agree with me, Paul went through an a lot of hard times. As I read this
scripture I began to think:
Did Paul ever think God had abandoned or hate him?
He was shipwrecked, beaten, stoned, whipped, hungry, naked and a lot more.
I think it would be easy to get discouraged and think God was punishing him.
But that is not the case here. Paul is not complaining when he writes this.
He is giving glory to God, He is praising God!
We know without a doubt that God was with Paul through every step of the way.
God was with Paul when he was in prison
God was with Paul when he was whipped
God was with Paul when he was at the point of death,
when death was knocking at the door God was by his side!
God never left Paul, not once! He was by his side through it all….
God was with Paul when he spent a whole night at sea adrift on
When he was in danger from bandits and his own people, God
was with him!
In toil and hardships God was with him!
When he had nothing to eat or drink, when he was naked, God
was with him.
The trials Paul went through drew him closer to God.
The trials he went though strengthened his faith in God.
What troubles are you going through?
I want you to know, as you go
through the storm God is with you. He knows exactly what you are
going through. He will not abandon you!!
Praise God in the storms you are going through right now.
He wants to reveal His greatness to you.
He cares about you and will never leave you alone!
Rely on Him, call on Him in those times.
As God was with Paul, He is with you!
And when, in time to come, your son asks you, what does this
You shall say to him, by strength of hand the Lord brought us out
from Egypt, from the house of bondage and bondmen.
And it shall be as a reminder upon your hand or as frontlets
between your eyes, for by a strong hand the Lord brought
us out of Egypt.
Out of all the miracles God performed this is the most talked about.
God has constantly reminded His people to remember what He did
at the Red Sea.
God delivered His people in a mighty way!
His people were called to remember what He did and He told them
to tell their kids. It is clear God didn’t want His people to forget.
The Red Sea moment was a reference point for the Israelite’s!
When they lost hope they would remember what God did for their
ancestors at the Red Sea, and in Egypt! We too are His people and
He is calling us to not forget!
How important is it to remember?
To answer that I would like to share something a friend shared
with me a few days ago,
“God is the God of the impossible.
Reasoning your way out of an impossible situation
is not as effective as reminding your way out of it! – Unknown
That stopped me cold in my tracks. How many times I have
tried to reason myself out of a situation. The more effective
way is to remember our way out of it!
That brings me so much peace right now because as I began
to think on it some more I realized God wants us to remember
the great things He has done for us. I believe
we all have our “Red Sea moments” that we can look back to for
strength! Don’t forget those times the Lord came through for
you! Those are the things He wants you to remember. He
performed those miracles so you could remember them when
your faith was been attacked!
As I think back on my life I see the small and the big things
God did for me and I know those are the “Red Sea moments”
God wants me to always remember!
When I am in doubt, when my faith is weak that is when I
need to remember!
Fight to remember! Write down what God did for you. Tell
people what God did for you!
When the storms come remember what you wrote. God’s
miracles in your life are not just for you but for your kids.
They are to be a testimony for generations to come!
How great it would be if your great great great kids could
talk about how God came through for you! How amazing it
would be if they used God’s miracles in your life as a reference
point for their own lives!
Last year is long gone but we are still here because God is with us!
He kept us with care! His hand is on us and we must make sure
we don’t forget!
Fight to remember the miracles, fight to remember the goodness
of God in your life. He is so good!
Today was a real eye opener for me. We have been teaching the kids about praise and worship for two weeks and today was the last week of the teaching. God really came down and touched the kids and I will boldly say we had a tangible manifestation of God’s presence. Words fail to express how amazing the service was.
But this was the eye opener for me – I never prepared sufficiently for the service. It was important for me to have planned because I am the one who decided on having a time in the year where we have a service specifically dedicated to teaching our kids the importance of praise and worship. I have been doing this for 6years and this was the 7th. But like I said, I did not plan sufficiently. I was not prayed up enough. I was not ready for today. I had feelings to deal with as well. I felt guilty for the sin I committed through out the week and thought it inappropriate to ask God for His help. I was not ready on all levels.
I realized how in this relationship I am the weakest link. I haven’t brought anything to the table. My contribution to this relationship is nothing…..I am the weakest link but unlike the game where the weakest link gets eliminated, God still works with me. He doesn’t eliminate me but bestows me with His grace. He covers my faults with His amazing grace and mercy. I was blown away today because God’s presence came down and touched the kids not because I had been prepared or prayed up, or because I was smart enough but He used me in spite of that! ! And thinking about that I realize how that happens everyday. We are the weakest link in our relationship with God but He stays with us. He still gives us a purpose that is bigger than we can imagine and loves us. He doesn’t tell us We are useless but instead makes us useful…….
Even though you are the weakest link in your relationship with God He will never leave. You will not be eliminated. It’s because you are weak that He will use you. You will do incredible things in your weak state because He will cover you. He will give you the wisdom you need, the strength you need……thank God for that. He is amazing.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY.
We all have wars to fight. We cannot run away from battles. They are a part of life but how are we to deal with them?
How do we become victorious? We find the answer in the book of Samuel.
David strengthened himself with trust in his God. He ordered Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, Bring me
the Ephod so I can consult God. Abiathar brought it to David.
Then David prayed to God, Shall I go after these raiders? Can I catch them?
The answer came, go after them! Yes, you’ll catch them! Yes, you’ll make the rescue!
1 Samuel 30: 6-8
When the Philistines got word that David had been made king over all Israel, they came on the hunt for him.
David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. When the Philistines arrived, they deployed their forces in Rephaim Valley.
Then David prayed to God: “Shall I go up and fight the Philistines? Will you help me beat them?
Go up, “God replied. Count on me. I’ll help you beat them.”
2 Samuel 5:17-20
Later there was a repeat performance. The Philistines came up again and deployed their troops in the Rephaim
Valley. David again prayed to God.
This time God said, don’t attack them head-on. Instead, circle around behind them and ambush them from the grove
of sacred trees. When you hear the sound of shuffling in the trees, get ready to move out. It’s a signal that God is going
ahead of you to smash the Philistine camp.
2 Samuel 5:22– 24
Time and time again we see this pattern throughout scripture. Whoever it was, they always sought The Lord first.
As we face the battles that come our way we need to realize we can come to God. He is our Defender and He will fight for us.
The mistake we make is we think we can do it on our own. But it’s not true!!!! We are not strong enough, and smart enough. We need
Gods help. He is the One who will deliver us. I have tried at times fight on my own only to fail. David as great as he was,
and as great as an army he commanded always sought The Lord first. He didn’t rely on his own strength and on the strength of his mighty men.
Who are you relying on when you go to war?
Is it the weapons you possess or the connections you have or the family you come from or the riches you possess?
The experience you have, the intellect you possess????
That means nothing if you don’t seek The Lord. You will fail if you go out alone!!!
Rely on The Lord when you go to war! Rely on God when you face the giants in your life!