Summary: BE STRONG. In today’s economic and climatologically erratic conditions & worldwide unrest, we must be firm in our hope, and strong in the Grace of the LORD. Paul encouraged Timothy to Be Strong. This is to encourage every believer to build their faith
By William Akehurst, HSWC
BE STRONG. In today’s economic and climatologically erratic conditions and worldwide unrest, we must be firm in our hope, and strong in the LORD. Paul encouraged Timothy to Be Strong. This is to encourage every believer to build their faith in the GRACE of the LORD, and put their trust in Him.
Psalms 33:18, 39:7, 130:7, 131:3, 146:5
1 Cor 16:13
2 Cor 12:9-10
Rising Fuel Costs, Hurricanes, Economic Disaster, Stock Market and Banking Systems Collapse,
Elections, New Leadership. What next?
With all these things seeming to be in disarray, many are wondering...What NEXT?
Some may even be wondering if life is worth living. Some may have seemingly lost all hope…
Where is your hope?
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
"But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
We have our hope in the LORD GOD our creator, redeemer and king.
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Look at this phrase-Be Strong in the Grace that is in Christ Jesus
What does it mean to be strong?
Strong, Strength, Muscular, Able to lift and carry great loads, able to stand against opposition.
1. Physical: Muscular Strength - I will not be moved. I will physically endure.
2. Emotional: Mental Strength - to not collapse under duress. To be able to handle stress. POWs mental stress to endure. Name, Rank, Serial No. I will not be moved. My mind will remain fixed. I will mentally endure.
Thinking of John McCain, for so many years as a POW. He needed mental and emotional strength to endure
3. Spiritual Strength: I will not be moved. I will be filled with the spirit and stand firm in the spirit of the LORD. I will spiritually endure. Knowing from where my strength comes. The Grace in Christ Jesus
What is that Grace?
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Grace? Gift, Received, Accepted, Changed, Enriched for eternity
Webster says this about Grace
GRACE means unearned favors received from God.
GRACE is the unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
Interesting. Webster who wrote the definitions of our language points grace as something that comes from GOD.
When we hear of grace, we also hear of mercy.
It is by God’s mercy upon us, that we have grace. But what is mercy?
I think of the servant who prostrates himself before the king pleading for mercy that the king would spare his life.
Mercy is given by those over us. Mercy is given upon someone below yourself.