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Summary: The apostle Paul trained himself to view the perils of his life as opportunities to express his faithfulness to Christ. He came to the place where he could "take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’

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Ten Ways the Holy Spirit Empowers You With His Faithfulness (I Thes 5:24)

Illustration: Several years ago The New York Times reported that coyotes were repopulating much of the American East. But they were getting mixed reviews. Some people saw them as a threat to domestic animals and regarded them as a nuisance. Others found the coyotes beneficial. One farmer said, "We’re happy to have them. The coyotes kill the mice and rabbits, which gnaw at the bottom of our trees."

In the same way that people see the coyote as either a friend or an enemy, we have a choice about how we are going to view the sharp-toothed people and adverse circumstances of our lives. We recognize the danger they pose, but do we see how we can benefit from their presence? We can decide to let their threats drive us to the Lord. Then, even though they seem to be working against us, they are actually working for our good.

The apostle Paul trained himself to view the perils of his life as opportunities to express his faithfulness to Christ. He came to the place where he could "take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake" (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Father, help us to see opportunities for growth where others see only problems. —MRDeHann (Our Daily Bread)

The obstacles that we must face

Along life’s rocky way

Are used by God so we might hear

"Well done" from Him someday

1. The Holy Spirit empowers us with God’s unfailing strength, loyalty and trustworthiness. Paul wrote, "Faithful is He Who is calling you (to Himself) and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it (fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you)." (I Thes. 5:24 - Amplified) Trust the Lord to faithfully supply whatever you need to remain true, obedient and constant in your loving service to Him.

2. The Holy Spirit assures us of God’s unfailing love, truth and enabling power whenever we grow weak or discouraged. David wrote, "My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn (reputation) will be exalted... but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness." (Psa. 89:24,33) Ask the Lord to assure you through songs, verses or Godly counsel of His faithful love.

3. The Holy Spirit reminds us of the faithful nature of all of God’s attributes. Peter wrote, "So, then those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good." (I Pet. 4:19) Ask the Lord to remind you of all the faithful attributes of God that you can draw strength from in your suffering.

4. The Holy Spirit teaches us the deeper truths of all God’s promises. Paul wrote, "God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy and therefore, ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on): by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." (I Cor. 1:9) Ask the Lord to help you learn deeper insights into all of God’s promises as you grow closer to Him by thinking, being and doing what Jesus would do in your ministries.


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