Tuesday, August 20, 2013

THE SOURCE OF OUR STRENGTH - from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, NOT FOR MEN ONLY

The Source of Our Strength
God did not create the problems we have with our character, but now we are asking Him to change the character problems that trouble us. We have been living by our own strength, trying to overcome things we could never overcome in our own power. As we surrender our lives to God, humbly asking Him to remove our shortcomings, we connect with His strength in a way unlike we have ever encountered before. Only in God and with the help of others can someone who has become sexually addicted receive the endurance, the stamina and the strength to consistently let go of their character defects and addictions. Just like everything else, we entrust our character and its defects to God. And the timing God chooses to use in removing our character defects serves His purposes. The best thing we can do is to accept the pain and difficulties we have caused as opportunities to learn and grow, so that we can benefit from these lessons once and for all.

            As we work to grow away from our character defects, there will be many times when we fail, sometimes repeatedly. Inevitably we’ll find ourselves in a place where we must choose between trusting God once more and applying our best efforts, even though all our previous attempts have ended in failure. Failure to try is in and of itself a failure to trust God. What we choose to do with failure is the profound indicator of who we are and who we will become. Failure with effort can be a frustrating setback, which produces sorrow and the discouraging feeling we will never overcome our lusts. Setbacks are inevitable so let’s make peace with the reality of their existence. It is in the midst of our failures and setbacks where we find the humble opportunity to keep turning to God to be the Source of our strength.

 
For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation.  We will never regret that kind of sorrow. But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death.

2 Corinthians 7:10 NLT

 

We can accept God’s good gifts too easily. Grace can be accepted only when we face our own inabilities. Forgiveness can be embraced only when we lay bare our wrongdoing, and hope can be imparted only when we face the reality of our own despair.

Charles Ringma


This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only  ~ Copyright David Zailer, 2011

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