True Strength

This past week the smallest thing drew my attention to The Lord, and how we need to constantly be representing Him in all we do. Through our actions, thoughts, feelings, and words. Yes, that means all of our conversations with friends, co workers, and family. That includes text messages, notes you pass in class, and phone calls you think nobody else hears. Well, here is the catch to that: God hears all of those conversations, knows your thoughts and intentions, and sees your actions. Does that frighten you at all?

Here is the thing, none of us are perfect!! Shocking, huh? I know for me, sometimes I wish that God didn't hear that thing I just thought, or know what I just did. We all mess up, we all sin! We all at times, misrepresent our King. I wish I could say I never have, but I would be lying if I did. I am so utterly thankful that God is full of grace, love and forgiveness towards us. All we need to do is humbly approach Him, repent, and we are freed from the sin that once bound us.

As it says in Ephesians 4.1-4, we are called to “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bound of peace.

What does that mean for us? It means we are to study The Lord, and study who He is.

Life is going to be full of good things, and difficult things. The way we represent Him through those, it what will draw others attention towards Him.

Let’s look at Acts 16.25-26: “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and then prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken… Verses 29-33,“ And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your house hold”. And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.

Paul and Silas have something many of us lack: Joy that is not circumstantial. Some days I majorly lack joy. I excuse it with just having a hard day, being tired, or overwhelmed.. If anyone had a reason to lack joy, it would have been these two guys who were wrongfully thrown into prison.. But what do they do? They praise the Lord, and lead others towards Him! Our joy cannot be based upon another person, a job, or how your day or week is going. The joy of the Lord is our strength you guys!! We cannot accurately represent Jesus without it.

This week spend some time alone with God, and evaluate your life and how you are representing our King.

Love you guys!

Ellie Stephan