All of us go through hard times in our lives. Sometimes there are physical trials, and other times we go through rough spots in our relationship with God. When I go through tough times, I like to remember Isaiah 40:31, which says: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint.” If you trust God with all your heart, he will give you the strength to get through the hard times.
Have you ever thought about how much bugs can teach us?
If you’ve ever watched a colony of ants or a group of roly-polys, maybe you’ve thought about how that’s a lot like us. All of those little bugs crawling around, and there you are, standing over them, with the power of life and death over each of them. Sure, you can’t hear them if they’re praying to you, but it’s an awful lot like us and God.
I’m not saying that God’s just up in the sky watching us as we run around. He hears us, our prayers, and he wants to be a part of our lives. It’s like if you take a leaf and move some of the ants to a different spot. He’s not necessarily going to move you with a giant leaf, but he helps us and provides a strength we could never have on our own.
He has love to share with you, if you’re willing to accept it.
To rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify.
As Christians we need to purge the sin from our lives. We need to completely reject that sin, cleanse ourselves from what is undesirable to God. We must purify our hearts from… impurities.
Here’s the bad news.
You can’t do it.
No matter how hard you try, there is no way that you can completely rid yourself of your sin. It will simpy lay dormant and wait for the right time to come back and attack you. It’s impossible to do.
The good news?
Our God conquers the impossible.
On our own, it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. He can completely cleanse and purify you. Ask Him to do it today.
Challenge: Ask God to purge you from your sin. He will give you His strength.
I decided to take the Weekly Writing Challenge’s title literally and write about the most powerful names ever: the names of God. Some of these may be less well-known, while others may be quite familiar to you. Either way, I hope you will think about how these names describe God. Blessings!
Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will Provide
El Shaddia – The Almighty God
Elohim – Creator God, Mighty and Strong
Jehovah Rapha – The Lord our Healer
El-Roi – The Strong One who sees, God who ses
El-Olam – The Everlasting God
Yahweh-Shammah – The Lord is there
For nothing is impossible with God.
-Luke 1:37 NLT
Yup, Mary (as in the mother of Jesus) had it right! There is no such thing as “impossible” for God. And, of course, the “I can do all things” verse…
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
-Philippians 4:13 NASB
Just remember that you can do all things… but only with God’s strength in you. You can’t do it by yourself; you need Him to guide you.