Tuesday’s Torch 523
February 12, 2019
I have a brief twofold message I would like to share tonight. Firstly I would like to mention that as we struggle in this life we need to remember that God wants to help us. He hears our prayers, he knows of our struggles and he will help us rise to meet our challenges. Yet sometimes patience is required. It’s a running joke that I have heard is that you should never pray for patience because you’ll be given situations to help you work on it as opposed to just a magic wand cure for impatience.
One thing this applies to is our attempts to overcome weaknesses. The scriptures tell us that our weaknesses can become strengths. But that is not instantaneous. As we put in the hard work and effort that we can do ourselves to overcome whatever it is, we know that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Now I don’t take this verse to be speaking in a physical sense. I fully believe that these wings like eagles and running and not growing weary apply to the spiritual sense. The great man that passed this Torch to me was one who embodied spiritually running without growing weary and I pray that each of us can carry forward to glorify God with our lives the way that he did.
Secondly I would like to read these words of Paul from Timothy Chapter 1:12-16:
“12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”
The story of Paul gives me hope. It gives me Joy. And Like Paul I am so thankful that no matter how far off track we may have gone, no matter what we have done in the past, God will never give up on us. Paul says that his experience is to be a pattern for us! I pray that we can all apply this message to our lives. Work hard but also wait upon the Lord. Believe. And our efforts combined with His blessings and grace will allow us to make weak things become strong unto us! I testify that Christ is the Savior. I testify that God loves us and will help us as we seek Him! I share this message with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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