Challenged Beyond Your Own Ability to Win?

Happy Weekend!

What a roller coaster these past few years have been for me. Sometimes, people must see me speak on Sunday mornings and think, “Wow, with faith like that, he must be invincible!” The truth is that I have to fight just as hard as anyone else to live the principles I preach. I have to fight for my health, family, church, and dream. There are weeks like this one when it seems like the Devil declares a full scale war on me. Sometimes, all I can do is dive face-down onto the floor with my hands over my head in prayer, and lay at God’s mercy, wondering if I’m going to make it out alive.

The obstacles scattered throughout the path of a God-sized dream are too enormous for any average person to comprehend. To complain about it, only increases the certainty of defeat… because the things we focus on, we magnify and empower!

In the storm, we must be quiet and trust Almighty God to bring us safely to the destination. We must not over-think or overanalyze. We must not seek for the sympathy of other humans.

Go ahead: Thank God for wise and caring counselors, thank God for dear friends and family, thank God for empathy, sympathy, and compassion… but really, sometimes, you must lift your eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh your help? Your help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:1-4 KJV)

Here are a few of the verses I meditate on when I’m challenged beyond my own ability to win.

Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Psalm 25:1-2 “In you, LORD my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.”

Psalm 16:1 “Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.”

Psalm 84:11-12 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.”

Psalm 118:8 “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.”

Micah 7:5 “Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”

2 Chronicles 20:12 “Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

Here is a great video for this morning. Jason Upton, Teach Me How To Pray.

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I’m praying for you this morning… hope you feel new strength to face your challenges and win in spite of them. Remember this: “The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Have a great weekend everyone!

With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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8 thoughts on “Challenged Beyond Your Own Ability to Win?

  1. Well Chuck…I thank God that He does not have a hearing problem like me and that He is faithful, sovereign and not tempermental like me when it seems like everyone is calling my name and I don't know where start, who to listen to first or how to go about helping them without getting easily distracted…my oh my do I thank God that He is reliable and keeps His Word…this is what caught my attention this morning…a very familiar passage of scripture but from a different version, the Message version of Psalms 23 (provided below)…

    I read it this morning and I immediately thought about your email(response) to me…I felt like God was right here talking to me as if He was standing in my bedroom in the flesh talking to me…it was an amazing experience and I am still in awe like an eyewitness to the scripture that says, "the word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth,and in thy heart…(vs.8)"(Romans 10:4-10)…Wow! God is awesome…and so worthy…

    Psalms 23

    (the “Message” version)

    God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

    Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure.

    You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.

    Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.

    • Wow Christine, you are such a good articulator of thoughts. I always love reading your comments, especially this one. You have spoken Psalm 23 with power so that it creates hope! God bless you guys today! 🙂

  2. My verse for meditation is from Philippians. It is Philippians 1:21. "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

    In addition when I want a more intellectual focus, I do what C. S. Lewis did. He "festooned" the model prayer. Lewis took each thought in the prayer and put it in words that applied to his life. I find doing that very thought provoking and very insightful.

    • Excellent Jan! Since I love prayer more than anything else in this life, I love to see and hear various prayer expressions. Can you give me an example of what Lewis was talking about? Thank you for commenting!! Have a great Saturday! 🙂

  3. Chuck,love this one!I also love the version of Psalm 23 that Christine posted.Have been trusting the Lord for a great job for a while now and I am amazed that even after many months of waiting,I have not run out of strength,hope or joy!He has really sustained me and my cup runs over with joy!

    Some of the verses that help me everyday,in addition to Psalm 84:11 which you have quoted,are Psalm 34:8-10,Psalm 27:13,Psalm 71:20-21,Psalm 50:15,Psalm 37:25,Psalm 73,Isaiah 30:18 and Numbers 23:19.tc,great Sunday!

  4. Psalms is loading to overflowing with power and strength from The Lord.

    Just this morning I read (27:14- Wait for the Lord;be strong,and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord")

    Only problem- I whate waiting but one day at a time I have progressed and feel better and Do better.

    Thanks.

    marty