The Struggle

Lord, I am not strong enough — I can’t do this!
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

But this…..it’s hard!
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
But I’m tired and weary of the same struggles again and again and again.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for I am weak and lowly in heart
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Oh, Father, what would You have me to do?
Know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts; if thou seek Him He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off forever.

But to serve You like that…..I must give up the world.
Friendship with the world is enmity toward God.
I will be lonely…..I won’t have any close friends.
There is a Friend who sticketh closer than a brother….Abide in Me, and I in you.
Lord, will I have a strong enough character to be happy anyways, without the world’s friendships?
The joy of the Lord is your strength.
But I’m scared.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Have you ever felt this way? As if your spirit and your flesh are constantly at odds with each other, continually warring together in a never ceasing struggle? My prayer for these troubled times we live in was summed up in a better way than I ever could have expressed it in the book I was reading this morning:

Not merely in the words you say,
Not merely in your deeds confessed
But in the most unconscious way
Is Christ expressed.

And from your eyes He beckons me,
And from your heart His love is shed,
Till I loose sight of you……
And see Christ the Lord instead.

~Unknown~

I pray that the Lord would strengthen me and polish me so I can reflect His love to those around me, as a mirror bounces back a beam of light…..so others can see Him in me.

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