The Power to Solve Problems

October 1 The Power to Solve Problems

Everyone has problems. The only people who don’t—are in cemeteries. The real problem is—how we handle our problems. Often we try to solve them with our own power.

How can you tell when you’re doing that?

Because you’re tired all the time! You’re like the guy who said, ‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.’ Or we’re like the lady who said, ‘Just about the time I manage to make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.’ We say things like, ‘I’m doing okay under the circumstances.’ Well, what are you doing under them? Someone has said that circumstances are like a mattress; if you’re on top you rest easy, but if you’re underneath you suffocate!

What’s the answer?

Take your focus off your problems and put it on God’s promises. Here’s one of them: ‘Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble?…’ (v 35 NLT). Paul answers, ‘No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.’ The word ‘conqueror’ means ‘one who overcomes by gaining control’. And Paul says that we are ‘more than’ conquerors (Romans 8:37 NKJV).

To be a conqueror means to fight a battle and win. To be more than a conqueror means to win a battle without having to fight. Jesus fights on your behalf; He does it in you, and through you, and that makes you ‘more than’ a conqueror.

‘…overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.’  Romans 8:37 NLT

Everyone has problems.

The only people who don’t—are in cemeteries. The real problem is—how we handle our problems. Often we try to solve them with our own power.

How can you tell when you’re doing that?

Because you’re tired all the time! You’re like the guy who said, ‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.’ Or we’re like the lady who said, ‘Just about the time I manage to make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.’ We say things like, ‘I’m doing okay under the circumstances.’ Well, what are you doing under them? Someone has said that circumstances are like a mattress; if you’re on top you rest easy, but if you’re underneath you suffocate!

What’s the answer?

Take your focus off your problems and put it on God’s promises. Here’s one of them: ‘Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble?…’ (v 35 NLT). Paul answers, ‘No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.’ The word ‘conqueror’ means ‘one who overcomes by gaining control’. And Paul says that we are ‘more than’ conquerors (Romans 8:37 NKJV).

To be a conqueror means to fight a battle and win. To be more than a conqueror means to win a battle without having to fight. Jesus fights on your behalf; He does it in you, and through you, and that makes you ‘more than’ a conqueror.

‘…overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.’  Romans 8:37 NLT


ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY

Psalm 56:8-13; 16:11; 27:7-9
you keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle! You have recorded each one in your book. On the day I call to you for help, my enemies will retreat. This I know: God is on my side! O God, I praise your word! Yes, Lord, I praise your word! You have rescued me from death! You have kept my feet from slipping! So now I can walk in your presence, o God, in your life-giving light! You make known to me the path of life! In your presence there is fullness of joy! At your right hand are pleasures forevermore! Hear, o Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me & answer me! You have said, “Seek my face!” my heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek!”

Do whatever it takes to get yourself in God’s presence! He is telling you to seek His face! He has promised you so much! Seek Him today! Never delay!

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