Why His Strength is Our Victory

Thank you Kelly Balarie for today’s message…

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. ~~ Psalm 127:1 NIV

There are two ways champion athletes act. Consider the game of football. The guy who runs the winning touchdown either kneels on the ground, pounds his fists against his chest, and yells, “I’m Da’ Man!” or he runs to the 10-yard line, points up to God, and says, “All due credit goes to You, Jesus.”

May we do all things to the glory of God.

A girl can hope, right? Sometimes I misplace due-glory. It’s not that I don’t want to thank, praise or give credit to God. I do. It is just that I get busy, distracted, and focused on all that I need to do. All the people who need me. All the happenings around me.

Are you at all like me?

Consider, when you (work, help others, do a job, want something, are after a dream), do you:

1. Work really hard, yet feel disappointed that you don’t get what you want? (Yes/No)
2. Put your best effort in, yet feel reliant on the outcome? (Yes/No)
3. Get upset when people don’t acknowledge what you’ve done? (Yes/No)
4. Become worried that other people will look better than you? (Yes/No)
5. Wonder if you’ll be put to shame if you don’t perform well? (Yes/No)
6. Hope that people see you and notice all that you are doing? (Yes/No)
7. Work yourself to the point of being extremely tired? (Yes/No)
8. Say yes to everyone even though you know you should say no? (Yes/No)
9. Expect people to give you the things “due to you”? (Yes/No)
10. Become resentful towards the “many” people who demand things of you? (Yes/No)

If you answered yes to a few of the above questions, this is a good sign you’re working by your own strength. Strength that leads to discouragement, disappointment and a depleted spirit.

Our strength = Our defeat.

His strength = Our victory.

Where do you need to move out of the way, so that you can find a new, restful and restorative way — Jesus’ way?

Relying on God’s victory doesn’t mean we do nothing. Here are some things we can do, while trusting God as we wait on Him. We can:

1. Pray
2. Lean on His promises
3. Wait to understand what He wants us to do.
4. Move out and love others
5. Rest
6. Pray and give thanks.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Keep Calm

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

On this day of Relax Reflect and Recharge, the words KEEP CALM kept coming up.

“Keep Calm and…”, you fill in the blank has invaded all areas of our life.  The original sign read  “Keep Calm and Carry On” which was on a poster issued in the UK as a morale booster during World War 2.  Today, it serves as a tool for advertising in everything from food to business.

Over the last several weeks, I have found the words “Keep Calm and TRUST” to have an AMAZING effect on me.  While there are so many horrible things happening in the world, some days it is hard to TRUST but I know that God is there for me.

Keep Calm and 

Pray.  I don’t mean those foxhole prayers where we promise anything to get out of a situation knowing that we will never follow through.  I mean really talking to God and knowing that he is there to listen.  Placing my cares at God’s feet and leaving them there helps me to keep calm.

Read the Word.  Turning to the Bible is not something that I do on a regular basis but I do have devotions that I read every morning and evening to help keep me in God’s word.  On those days that I do turn to the Bible, Psalm 23, 61 and 91 are my go to as they are full of tidbits to calm me down.

Fellowship.  Working on Sundays has really affected my ability to fellowship at church so I need to make sure that I make time to fellowship with my Christian friends.  I am blessed to be part of a faith-based company that allows me to not only fellowship with other believers but to also network with my Thirty One sisters.

Have Faith.  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.  Faith makes all things possible.

Sing.  Anyone who knows me would probably prefer that I don’t sing since I can barely carry a tune BUT I do love to sing.  So, I pump up my Christian rock music in the car and sing along.  It calms my soul and makes me smile.  It helps me to remember that I can talk to God in many ways and he can respond in the form of the right song at the right time.

Laugh.   I’m glad that God gave us the ability to laugh. Laughter is a wonderful way to help release all that tension we build up. A good laugh can sometimes help calm me.  These days a smile and laughter seems to come a little easier when I place my trust in God.

Cry.  Laughter is wonderful but crying is good too, especially for us women. Sometimes we just need a good cry. I think for many of us, we hold back until we can’t take any more and then the flood gates open with the tears coming even during a simple TV commercial.

Serve Others.  Reaching out and doing something for someone else is a great way to forget what is ailing us. When we are concentrating on someone else, it is easy to forget about ourselves. Serving others is a wonderful way to keep us calm.

When you feel uncertain and unsettled, feel  overloaded with all the chaos in your life, remember that God (or your Higher Power) can be a calming force.  He grounds us so that we can carry on.

So, how do you keep calm?