044: Now & Then

Life is not making any sense right now! Since I’ve committed all I have to serving Jesus Christ, I’m faced with more temptations and distractions than ever before. It seems like the more I try to do what’s right, the more everything goes wrong. It makes me want to give up and give in!

Emergencies, crisis, and all the circumstances of life don’t take God by surprise. He is in complete control! God saved you for one reason. Everything you go through in this life is to conform you to the image of Christ, and to bring glory and honor to the Lord.

You may not understand why you have to go through it, but how you respond to these trials and temptations right now, will determine what happens then: the day you stand face to face before Jesus.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

I Corinthians 13:12

Now I see through a glass darkly. It may not be clear right now.  .  . the how or why . . . but I have to walk on faith by the glimpses I have right now. Even when my analytical mind just wants to figure it all out . . . to understand how . . . to know why . . . to see what’s going on, I have to trust God is a good, loving God. He knows what He’s doing, even when it makes no sense at all.

When I demand to understand it . . . If I have to have proof . . . If I refuse to submit until I see the proof then it’s no longer faith. Proof negates faith.

I have to have faith that what seems to be a mess right now, God will work it out for His honor and glory, and also for my good. It will all work out, in God’s time.

Tune in to this podcast. Be encouraged to have faith, to trust God, and keep on for Christ. What you do right now . . . who you are right now will be accountable to God then. Whatever pain or suffering, whatever sacrifices you make now in this life, will be so insignificant when you behold the splendor of Jesus Christ then!

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Rom. 13:14

Acts 20:24 kjv

Mat. 11:28-30

Out Of Weakness

I’m small, insignificant. There’s nothing special about me. I’m not strong, and I’m not smart. No one would pick me for anything.

Do you ever feel this way?

1 Corinthians 1:27 says: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”

In other words, God has chosen the foolish things, the weak things. He did not call the ones who think they are wise, or strong, or who think they have it all together. That means God chose me. He chose you.

But wait a minute! God said to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). Why does God advocate both strength and weakness?

Although confusing, God did not contradict himself. In fact, everything God does comes out of weakness. The weakest state of being is death. Death has no life in it, no movement. Everything has shut down and ceased to be. But we know that Jesus miraculously overcame death, and the grave no longer holds power over us if we know Jesus as our Savior. For us, the greatest miracle was in his resurrection.

In this sense, every promise given to us by God must die so it can be resurrected. God will wait until the improbable becomes impossible. But why?

1 Corinthians 1:29 goes on to say, “That no flesh should glory in his presence.” God waits until all possibility of me having anything to do with the fulfillment of his promise dies so that I don’t get any credit.

When it’s evident that I’m at the end of my rope and I’m struggling to hold on, God will come through for me. Only then I will call God my provider, my strength, and my peace.

Does God mean to wait until I give up hope? Certainly not! Faith isn’t faith until it’s tested. God wants you to be willing to endure and trust him when things don’t seem to be going your way and he doesn’t seem to be pulling through.

So rejoice when it looks impossible! Go ahead and get excited about what God will do. Because when the situation becomes impossible is when God makes it possible.

But if I’m to be weak, then how am I supposed to be strong against the devil?

Note that satan’s quest is for power and authority. Furthermore, while the Spirit of God has no way to work except through us, the devil also has no means to work except through the flesh. It is easy to see that by walking in the flesh, we give the devil the power he so desperately seeks.

On the other hand, we rob the devil of all power by walking in the Spirit and saying no to the flesh. The devil cannot overcome the Spirit that is in you.

However, when we rely on our own strength God’s only choice is to withdraw His. In doing so, we give in to the flesh and give grounds to the devil.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

You see, being weak is a prerequisite for being strong. I must be weak before I can be strong. Recall that before Christ could be raised in power, he had to die in weakness. Likewise, before I can be strong in the Lord, I’ve got to be weak in myself.

If you’re feeling weak, burnt out, or broken…be encouraged. Note the people who God uses the most are those who feel completely useless. Because only when we are weak will God make us strong in Him.

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If Jesus died FOR you, 

then He died AS you.

So, if you profess to live FOR Him

you must live AS Him!

– Rev. J.K. McKee

jeff mckee

Rom 8:31

Hab. 2:14

043: All Things New Part 2

Part 2: A New Creature

 

God will make all things new!

The only way you and I can come to God is by a new and living way . . . that is through the supreme sacrifice Jesus made on the cross of Calvary.

If God makes all things new, in order for His Spirit to reside in you, you must be new! You can’t put new wine in old bottles, neither can you sew a new cloth to an old garment. Your old nature can’t receive the things of God.  You must be born again!

God has made a way to make you a completely new creature! That means every day, your relationship with Him, your walk with Christ must be ongoing . . . perpetually new!

I’ve been born again, but I don’t feel very new!  I started my walk with Christ, but find myself constantly struggling with my old nature. I thought I was a new creature . . . I’ve been saved for many years . . . so why am I still battling with these temptations to stop or go back to the old things.

Can you relate?

No, that’s not me! I’ve never experienced this salvation. I would love to experience a new life, but honestly, I feel too far gone to be saved . . . it’s just too late to change . . . too much baggage, too many scars.

Do you want to be all new?  Don’t ignore that longing inside. God wants to make you all new.

Tune in to this podcast episode. Find out what it means to become a new creature in Christ.

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042: Watching the Water

Help! Could somebody help me out? I’m tired of living like this. I would love to be free from these burdens . . . from this problem . . .  from this addiction, but no one has been able to help me. Family has failed me. Friends have betrayed me. Doctors have let me down.  I have no one to help me . . .  nowhere to turn!

I love God, and fear Him. But I am frustrated with this idea of being a Christian. It seems like everyone else gets their prayers answered. Everyone else gets ahead, prays through to their miracle. But not me! I’m still stuck in this same old rut, struggling with this same sickness, battling with these same addictions. Haunted and tormented by these same memories and regrets. Should’ve! Would’ve! Could’ve! It plays over, and over again in my brain. I feel like it’s too late for me. I can’t go back and change any of it. I feel so ashamed of it all. I don’t blame God one bit for not answering my cries! I don’t deserve God’s mercy.

Can you relate? Do you feel hopelessly condemned? Do you worry you’ll never be good enough for the churched crowd?

Stop looking to man! We’re all unworthy! God is no respecter of persons! He loves you as much as He loves another. What He’s done for others, He wants to do for you. Your life may be a wreck, but there’s no burden God can’t shoulder, no battle He can’t win.

Jesus Christ is that fix, or cure, you have desperately searched for. And unlike man, He will never let you down. He will never condemn you! When we do mess up (and we all do), Christ is always there to pick us up, dust us off, and put us back on track.

Stop worrying about what people think about you! Stop putting your hope in what this world has to offer you, and start focusing on what God is offering you. He longs for you to surrender to Him . . . all the mess, all the brokenness, all the bad habits, all the addictions. Surrender it all to Him today! Tune in to this podcast episode.  Stop watching the water and start looking to Jesus Christ!

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