Monday, June 24, 2013

Learning to Rely on God

(2 Corinthians 1:8-10)
"We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us."

Have you ever felt this way? You know, just felt like nothing in your life was going right. I think that some of us feel this way more than we let on. Paul was describing a time in his life in which he felt like he actually wasn't even gonna live anymore; a time that was so bad that he couldn't see anything getting better. He uses the terms "crushed" and "overwhelmed" to show us exactly what was going on in his heart.

I think, sadly, that many christians walk in the world with this "crushed" and "overwhelmed" feeling. I would go as far as to say that it dominates many peoples lives. When Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for our FREEDOM, His intention was that we would be FREE from this "overwhelmed" and "crushed" feeling that Paul is describing. While Jesus was hanging on the cross His hope was that we would have an abundant life! Not just any abundant life, but a life without condemnation, without fear, and without being crushed and overwhelmed.

So how do we break this - Paul said it best; "But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead." Yes! That's right, if God can raise the dead then he can change the circumstances of your life. The question is can you trust the Lord? Can you put your confidence in Him? Can you let go and let God rescue you?

Learn to rely on God, and stop trying to fix everything yourself. Because of the wonderful price that Jesus paid you can lean on Him in times of despair. He will rescue you...He wants to rescue you!
Please comment below and share how this impacted you. Your story could encourage others!

May God Bless You Richly
Pastor Ant

9 comments:

  1. Sometimes we get so preoccupied with 'life' that I think we can sometimes forget that we should just slow down and rely on God! I half to remind myself often of Matthew 6:25-34. I think they sort of go hand in hand, you should rely on God, and you are not supposed to worry about things, what you will eat, wear, etc... You have to rely on God and give all your worries to him and He will take care of you!!
    God Bless,
    KIM ;)

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  2. hehe that should be have* not half -- sorry ;)
    KIM ;)

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  3. Very true Kim. You know the more we rely on the Lord the more here is able to do in our lives. Thanks for the comment

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    1. LOVE THIS!!!!!! Very meaningful and truth!!! So excited to follow these! So proud of our awakening life bloggers ! Blog on :)
      Pammie Malone

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  4. To totally rely on God goes against this worlds way. The world says we need no one . To give it all over to The Father is the only way to have true peace.

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  5. Awesome word and very much needed! I've been struggling recently with trying to fix things or do things on my own instead of allowing God just to take over and have 100% control. Every time a situation would rise up, it's like I could feel Him tell me, "Amber, I've got this. Let Me handle it." Instead I would do what I thought was best and mess everything up. Whenever I hand the situation over to Him first though, it's smooth sailing and I don't get upset or overwhelmed. Thank you for this word! Very inspirational!

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    1. Amber, why do we do that?? I'm the same way!! I pray that we both will let go and let God!

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