LIFELINES

Chosen to be faithful

Posted 11/3/17

Forty years ago, it was nothing for me to do yard work, lay roof shingles, hang doors and windows, paint, do plumbing, install a light fixture and so forth. Now at almost 82 years, it's a different …

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LIFELINES

Chosen to be faithful

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Forty years ago, it was nothing for me to do yard work, lay roof shingles, hang doors and windows, paint, do plumbing, install a light fixture and so forth. Now at almost 82 years, it's a different story.

This past weekend, I managed to screw in a light bulb in a ceiling fixture, fix a kitchen faucet and clean cobwebs from my foyer's high corner. And I felt I had accomplished great things. To do those menial tasks took intense planning for safety, and a long tube for reaching the foyer ceiling.

What I discovered — to my dismay — that through the years, physical strength and ability  somewhat diminishes.

But, not so with the spiritual. In the Bible, we find that Christians "grow in grace" — their relationship with Jesus causes them to be stronger in their Christian walk. In seeking God for wisdom and understanding and diligently searching the Word, they find a "healthy" lifestyle which sustains them, no matter what age. And they find themselves doing things they never thought they could, but only through faith in Christ Jesus. He is our strength, our joy and our enabler.

In Philippians 4:13, we read, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. That realization that "I can do all things through Christ" is the knowledge which strengthens the writer. He knows with certainty not only that Christ strengthens him, but because He does, he can do all things.

The Psalmist in 18:2, declares "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." And in Psalm 18:32, he rejoices in the fact that "It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect."

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14), he prays ... and continues his testimony in Psalm 22:19: "But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me."

In Psalm 27:1 and 28:7, he recognizes the Lord as his light, salvation, strength and shield, and asks, "Of whom shall I be afraid?"

He answers his own question, "My heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him."

Paul in 1 Timothy 1:12, gives all the credit and glory to Christ Jesus, saying, "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry."

Are you not thankful that God has chosen you? Do you appreciate the fact He has counted you faithful to do the work he called you to do? No matter what it is, He will enable you to accomplish that work which he has given to you.

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