Proverbs 24:10 Slipping When In Trouble

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If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Proverbs 24:10 

During times when there is no trouble people appear to be strong and able to do what needs to be done. They are able to focus correctly and often make good choices.

There are also times of trouble, times when everything that can go wrong seems to go wrong. Those days when a person is having a bad day. It is during these times that there is a challenge in how a person walks his life. He must make a choice to walk correctly or choose a wrong path.

Very often during times of trouble, people will make very poor choices. Some choices will not be very drastic, while others will be extreme. When a person has been laid off and evicted from his house, that is when some will turn to crime to get the needed money.

Solomon calls this faltering and one of small strength.

Believers can often have this same challenge. Theirs is slipping into sin. It is when a person is having a bad day, is alone or among non-believing friends, that one often chooses to step into sin. He is faltering during the time of trouble.

Yes, a believer is weak in and of himself, but he has God at his side in the Holy Spirit. The believer is to turn to God for the needed strength.

Jesus said that He would give the believer all the strength and power needed when needed to be His witness. Slipping into sin during times of trouble is not being His witness.

God is at work at building the believer up in Jesus, to become more like Him every day. Jesus walked in strength, not weakness. Believers need to daily walk in the strength, including days of trouble.

You will have days that are filled with trouble and struggles. During these days work to turn your focus upon God and not the troubles. Do not allow the devil to get a foothold into your heart and mind, causing you to make a poor choice and slip into sin.

Lean on the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life to keep you from all sin. Allow God to build and strengthen you each day and in each trial that you go through.

This is becoming more like Jesus and being His witness each day.

I pray today that you will know the power of God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will keep your eyes on God at all times; that you will know God is beside you in times of trouble; and that you will allow God to guide your every action. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 Weakness Can Be Good

 

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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

Paul had a weakness that tormented him. He had pleaded with God to remove that weakness, but God would not remove it. God stated that His power was made perfect through that weakness.

Weakness is something that is often looked down upon most people as something that is bad or a negative in a person’s life. A weakness is often see as a sign of failure or incompetence.

People are never chosen for being weak. They are overlooked and rejected because of some weakness in their life. That weakness can be a physical weakness or even a moral weakness, either way it is looked as not good and worthless.

It is also common for the individual to see his own personal weaknesses and try to hide them or cover them up. Most people do not want someone else to even know about their weaknesses, it looks bad. They fear rejection or ridicule because of the weakness.

For the believer, his view should be different. Although the weakness does not appear to help directly, it should drive the believer towards God, to lean upon God for strength in that area he is weak. God wants every believer to lean upon Him and not upon their own strength. He will provide the needed strength.

God also has enough grace to lift a person up where they are weak. He is not standing there ready to knock the person over the head and kick him out because of some weakness.

Unlike the world, God is not a God of just judgement, but one of love and mercy. He wants the believer to succeed and will do what it takes to make it happen.

You are no different from any other person. You will have weaknesses in your life, just like everyone else does. Do not fear those weaknesses or be ashamed of them. Take them before God and allow Him to pick you up and use you in spite of those weaknesses.

Trust God in the way He made you and in the way He is forming you. He has all the strength and grace that you need to overcome every weakness in His time.

I pray today that you will know the grace of God; that God will show you His strength and power; that you will rely upon God for His strength; and that God will use you to reach this world for Jesus.

2 Corinthians 1:9 Surviving A Death Sentence

 

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Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:9

Paul opens this second letter to the Corinthian church talking about suffering. The church had probably heard about some of the sufferings he was going through. He wanted to let them know it was true, but it was for a purpose.

A death sentence is a very heavy sentence upon any person. It means that life is going to end. Criminals have been given death sentences for major crimes that they have done. As they are brought down to finalize that sentence, many are unable to walk on their own. It is a great weight to bear and no one wants it.

Very few people will receive a literal death sentence in this life. However, most people will have troubles that feel like a death sentence. Problems in life come up that are so heavy that if feels as if there is no more life left for the person.

These problems can be financial, marital, physical sickness, persecution, or many other things. Many people have felt the pressure of different problems in life so much that they choose to end their life in suicide.

Believers will have many of these problems come up in their life. Often one will wonder why there is such a high level of problems…why if feels like a death sentence upon his life.

The reason for these pressures is to push one towards God, to rely upon God. In himself, one cannot survive the high pressures of a death sentence. The believer cannot survive the attacks of the enemy on his own. He needs God’s strength and power to make it.

God is greater than any death sentence or problem in your life. Jesus beat the greatest problem in life–death. He did die and rose again. God can do the same thing for you.

As long as God has a purpose for you in this life, He will deliver you from the attacks of the enemy. The attacks may be painful and difficult, but you will survive. In the end you will gain eternal life in heaven.

Do not despair under the death sentences that the world is trying to give you, God is on your side. Rely upon His strength and power to overcome that death sentence.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will trust in God’s power in your life; that you will know the reward God has waiting for you; and that God will give you comfort in all of your troubles.