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Thursday, July 14, 2016

"at the end of our strength" 1 Cor. 10:13 rightly divided

A friend posted this blog,  ...

and it spurred me to write this in whole hearted, (slightly long winded) agreement....   This is a powerful truth for Christians to truly realize. God is working both individually and corporately (Romans 8:29 and Eph. 4:13) with one clear and consistent goal for our lives, to conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus. This necessarily demands that we be brought to a place called, "the end of our strength" (Deut. 32:36, Daniel 12:7, Song of Songs 8:5,1 Cor. 4:9-13, 2 Cor. 12:9,10), It is at this precious place where all 'natural' strength is gone, that the gift of faith is given to say, "but God" and the witness of a people who overcome (not by their own strength) but by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony (which is about HIS power being perfected in our weakness) and they love not their lives unto the death. (that is the final part of that scripture that people often forget.) These kind of things happen in "little ways" in our interactions with each other in the "church" which is why the "love chapter" is right in the middle of 3 chapters on how the body of Christ is to receive and use the gifts and join together, gathering together in unity for the work of God. (1 Cor. 12-14) It also is a principle of scripture in ultimate ways, as a simple study of the connection between the words, "suffering" and "glory" will show anyone who takes the time to look it up. Lastly consider the wisdom and love of God (both of which have within their definition the word sacrifice). Romans 8 says, nothing can separate us from the love of God, Romans 9-11 walks us through the incredible wisdom of God to give the "church" a glorious purpose in laying down their lives in sacrificial love to display to the chosen people the unchanging, sacrificial, hope filled love of God, as seen in a people who are crucified to the things of this world. And then comes Romans 12:1 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship."... The glorious truth is we are bought with a price we are no longer our own, and we trust in His loving heart right smack in the middle of a situation where every evil principality and power is pressing down on us, and literally shouting, "Curse God and die." and from the ashes, from the dust, from the river of tears comes the most powerful statement ever uttered, "Though He slay me, I will trust Him!" and those same principalities and powers have no weapon to use against such a one.

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