LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY ® Strength for the Journey

January 2019

CHURCH EDITOR
Dr. ANDREA OATES

Dr. Andrea Oates


“And He said unto me, ’My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’” {2 Corinthians 12:9a}

As we enter into 2019, many of us take the time to seriously reflect on how far we’ve come and to make decisions to ensure a certain future. We typically call these decisions “New Year’s Resolutions.” Sadly, as time progresses, the resolutions tend to fall by the wayside. In fact, it’s not uncommon if our resolutions for this year were resolutions last year and other prior years. One thing we often forget is that we need endurance to effect lasting changes. We need strength for the journey.

In the Bible, many of God’s servants encountered seemingly insurmountable obstacles to accomplish wondrous results. One such servant was the prophet Elijah. Elijah is renowned for all that he performed on behalf of God. He contested wickedness and went on to proclaim and demonstrate the awesome power of God. No one could argue that he was a man that produced results. When he prayed, God answered.

We would think that Elijah had it all together all of the time. How else could someone live such an extraordinary life? But it’s interesting to note that there came a time in Elijah’s life that he was overwhelmed. I Kings 19:7 records that God relayed to Elijah that “the journey is too great for thee.” Although Elijah had reached his limit, God had already prepared a way for him to overcome and gave him what he needed to continue moving forward.

Nobody told us that the road would be easy for us either. We need strength because our journey will have unforeseen challenges-some more dire than others. But God didn’t bring us this far to leave us. He’s the only One that can

uphold us no matter what twists and turns our lives may take. Truly, God’s strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. He never gets weary and His power is immeasurable. When we stay connected to Him through reading His Word, worshiping Him, and serving Him, He will provide all that we need. And while we have His limitless commitment, there are things He requires us to do.

God commands us to lay aside every sin and the weight that would easily beset our journey. In essence, refrain from doing what does not honor Him. And let go of things and people that hold us down. Keep out negativity. Drop the dead weights of unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger from our past. It takes too much effort to carry grudges, offenses, and hatred. Those things will be a stumbling block to the path of God for this new season in our lives.

Make a decision to not allow anything to get in the way of godly goals in 2019! Forgive those who have wronged you. Decide that you will walk in love towards everyone without dissimulation. Rededicate yourself to the call of God on your life. With all you have, be faithful in serving Him.

Last, the key to it all is keeping Jesus at the center of our attention. Jesus is the “author and finisher” of what we’re hoping for in 2019 and all of the years ahead. If we keep Him first and seek His will in all that we set out to accomplish, then everything else will fall into place. After all, He loves us and looks forward to strengthening us for the journeys ahead-challenges and all.

MEDITATION SCRIPTURES: I Kings 19:6-8, Isaiah 40:28, Matthew 6:33, Hebrews 12:1-3, 2 Corinthians 12:9