From strength to strength

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Romans 5:1-8

We have been made right with God because of our faith. So we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through our faith, Christ has brought us into that blessing of God’s grace that we now enjoy. And we are very happy because of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory. And we are also happy with the troubles we have.

Boy, that last sentence is a “killer” isn’t it? We are happy with our troubles? But Paul does explain . . .

And we are very happy because of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory. And we are also happy with the troubles we have. Why are we happy with troubles? Because we know that these troubles make us more patient. And this patience is proof that we are strong. And this proof gives us hope. And this hope will never disappoint us. We know this because God has poured out His love to fill our hearts through the Holy Spirit He gave us.

I share this scripture because it reminds me what God has brought me through and He has finally gotten through my thick head and painful heart that He loves me as His daughter and when we have a loving heavenly Daddy like God, He is not going to put us through anything without purpose. He sees past, present and future all at the same time. Therefore I can trust Him to make the best decisions for my life. I choose to trust Him every day and this scripture reminds me of the grief journey we are on. We don’t travel alone. Jesus walks beside us. Sometimes He brings along side someone with “skin on” to walk and talk with. Grief shared with someone who has been through tragedy too, can be helpful.

I like how this scripture ends. Paul explains God’s great love through the death of His Son . . .

 Christ died for us when we were unable to help ourselves. We were living against God, but at just the right time Christ died for us.  Very few people will die to save the life of someone else, even if it is for a good person… But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much He loves us.      Romans 5:1-8, ERV   (Easy-to-Read Version)

There are agonizing times when the enemy puts a thought in my mind that I could have done something more to save my son, but I must refute those thoughts and rebuke the enemy. Even if I could have died in my son’s place, I have no power to save him. Only Jesus has resurrection power.

Knowing God is in control, be at peace today, my friend.

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