Does it seem like no matter how hard you work nothing ever changes? Are you worn out from the demands of daily life? Believe me, I feel your pain. We’ve all been there and sometimes we just need a little inspiration to get through it.
No matter how weary or exhausted you feel right now, God doesn’t want you to remain there. He wants you to be energized and ready to take on the world. So, He gave us some much needed inspiration for a time such as this. Here’s His promise for a worn out, down-right tired heart.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58
My beloved brethren…
Like many of the promises within the Bible this one is meant for us, the body of Christ and not the whole world. God has so much that He wants to give us, but we must be a believer first in order to be partakers of His promises.
as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Peter 1:3-4
We are to be focused on Jesus, and to continue focusing on Him even when life throws us a curveball. At times, it can seem to be a hard task, but if we remain steadfast we will see a real change happening. Instead of the daily chaos of life, that steadfast attitude will turn into a peace that stays with us.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Many people have called me stubborn over the years and I’m sure they didn’t mean it as a compliment. ;) While being stubborn about silly things that don’t matter is not the right way to be, stubbornness in Godly things is always good. The Apostle Paul is calling on us to not be wishy washy, but instead to stand our ground and keep the faith when it really does matter. We know that God does not change, His ways are always the same. Likewise, we are to be, stubborn, single-minded and immovable in the ways of Christ.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
As I read this verse, the catchphrase, “under promise and over deliver comes to mind”. It’s about an abundance of love for our fellow man that flows out of us and covers them with the love of Christ. And it’s about going that extra mile even when we’re tired and exhausted because we want them to understand exactly who Jesus is and what He means in their life.
But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Work of the Lord…
The work of the Lord is wide and varied. It can mean different things to each one of us. So the question becomes, what has God asked of you specifically? At home? At work? At church? And in any other area of your life? If you are unsure of God’s plan for you, simply ask Him. He will tell you. Then when you have the answer, you can put it into practice in a way that is pleasing to Him.
equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever, Amen.
Not in vain…
Whatever we do for the kingdom of God, it will not be in vain. God has promised to reward us for our efforts. That reward may come in this life, and wouldn’t that be great? But if not in this life, our reward will definitely be waiting for us in the next.
And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
When we labor for the Lord we lose nothing and gain everything. He has promised to equip us with what we need for the work He has given us. And He has promised to repay us a hundredfold for our sacrifice. So, my dear friend and fellow laborer, my prayer for you today is that you will not lose heart when fatigue sets in and that God will energize you for the work ahead. May God bless you and give you rest!
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But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
What do you think of when you hear the word, Victory? Maybe you think of gladiators entering the arena with one goal in mind… total victory. They fight hard, overcome obstacles, and if they are victorious, win their freedom.
Or maybe you think of a Civil War soldier marching through a field, his rifle raised as he faces a brutal battle. His future is uncertain and he doesn’t know if he’ll see home again, but he’s fighting for the glory of the cause he believes in.
I can only imagine how Jesus must have felt as the Romans led Him up to Golgotha. He was facing the pain and agony of the cross, but He was also promised victory over death. He had prayed for this cup to be taken from Him, but He chose to die a sinner’s death in our place anyway. On the cross, death and sin were conquered. And just as God the Father had promised, when Jesus rose again, He had the victory!
But Jesus doesn’t keep this victory all for Himself. He gives it to those of us who believe in Him. As Christians we are active participants in the victory of Jesus! All we have to do, is to claim that victory as our own. Let’s take a look at some verses that show us how to have victory in Jesus.
And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:4-5
To have victory in Jesus, we must accept Him as our Savior. When we do, we no longer live our life for or take comfort in the things of this world. If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for our sins, then our faith in Him has already given us the victory we are looking for. If you have not put your faith in Jesus, now is the time. Do it right now and claim the victory! If you are already saved, then be encouraged, you have victory over death and sin through your faith in Jesus.
Believe that God is on your side
for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
In this life we will always have hardships. If you are not currently in a crisis, then you soon will be. It may be financial, emotional, physical or spiritual, but you can bet your bottom dollar that you will wake up tomorrow facing some kind of conflict. But no matter what this world throws at you, God will be there with you, fighting the battle for you. He is on your side and He will see you through it. He has already won and He will give you the victory!
Prepare for Victory
The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But the victory belongs to the Lord.
A soldier gets ready for the battle. He puts on his armor, readies his weapon and prepares his horse to ride out onto the field. Just like the soldier, we should also prepare ourselves for the battle ahead. Praying, reading the Scriptures and seeking God’s will, these are the weapons we use as Christians in our spiritual battle. But no matter how many preparations we make or how confidant we are in our abilities, we must always remember that true victory belongs to God. We can only achieve victory by placing our trust in God’s Son, Jesus.
A victorious Christian life is not a perfect life. We make mistakes and we have pain and hurt sometimes. But we keep moving ahead, fighting the good fight. Because we know that we have already won the battle. We have victory in Jesus!
Keep fighting. Don’t give up. We are victorious!
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