“…the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” I John 4:4 (NLT)
Some years ago, we purchased a comfortable recliner chair, powered by electricity. It could put you in many comfortable positions, including almost lying down or the opposite of allowing a person to an almost standing position. We didn’t usually use all the convenient devises very much, but it did make a fun-toy for great grandchildren. Recently when David had medical problems, sitting in that chair, he had difficulty standing up. One of our grandsons said to the effect, “Grandpa why don’t you select the button to put your chair into the upright position when getting up.” Oh my, David knew but had forgotten about that feature. What a difference – all he had to do was push a power button to receive that great benefit!!
Can you see the lesson we can learn in making full use of what God has provided for us? There are trials and tests that come into the lives of all God’s children. We know about and have experienced the Almighty power of God; we know about His great promises to His children; we have seen Him perform great miracles in our lives; we have seen Him answer more prayers than we can remember; we have felt His tremendous presence; and so many other things. However, sometimes when a trial strikes, it is so easy to give in to fear, and we forget about the power button that is right in our hands. What are some of these trials and the power buttons to help us overcome? These are only a small part of what God has for you.
• In all trials: “thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ…” (II Cor 2:14)
• In sickness: “…With his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
• Lacking confidence: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13)
• Lacking strength: “…The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)
• Feeling guilty: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1)
• Feeling alone: “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)
• Anxiety: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (I Peter 5:7)
• Fear of the enemy: “He is the enemy, but know that I have given you more power than he has. …Nothing will hurt you.” (Luke 10:19) (ERV)
Use the power button the Lord has placed in your hands.