Jesus is Your Sufficiency

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 3

JESUS IS YOUR SUFFICIENCY

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant…  (2 Corinthians 3:4-6a)

On your own, you are not good enough, but in Christ you are more than qualified.

By yourself, you don’t have what it takes, but in Christ you are abundantly supplied.

Without Jesus, you might as well quit, give up, go home and not bother trying.  But, with Jesus…what are you waiting for?

You can do this!  You are ready!  You are able!

If you’re in Christ, you can have confidence that nothing can stop your success for the Kingdom.  As you meditate on that confidence, may you be filled with the hope of this truth: Jesus is your sufficiency.

-Pastor Phillip


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God cares for you at all times

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 62

GOD CARES FOR YOU AT ALL TIMES

Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.  (Psalm 62:8)

God is not looking for shiny happy people all the time.  He’s not expecting His children to have it all together or to always be on top of things.

He knows the struggles we face.  He knows the pain we feel.  He knows the ways we fall, and like the gracious Father He is, it’s in those times that He draws nearest to us in love, and yearns for us to draw nearer to Him in faith.

When you’re hurting, run to God!

When you struggle, run to God!

When you stumble, run to God!

Pour out your heart in repentance to Him and watch what He does.  He will prove His love for you once again, and when He does, you’ll discover the hope of this truth: God cares for you at all times.

-Pastor Phillip


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God is Greater Than Your Struggles

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 61

GOD IS GREATER THAN YOUR STRUGGLES

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.  (Psalm 61:2b-3

“I can handle it.”

How often do we say this, trying to put on a good front, unwilling to admit that the problem we face is too big for us to solve on our own?  How often does our pride refuse to let us admit the greatness of the issue because we can’t face the smallness of our own ability?

“I don’t want to talk about it.”

How about this one?  What about all those times we simply ignore the problem, hoping somehow it will go away?  What about when the pain is so great that we simply shut down because we can’t bear to actually face it?

God wants something better for His children than slavery to delusion and denial!

When we trust Him with our issues, we find freedom because we don’t have to bear the burden of pretending we have all the answers.  We can simply admit that we don’t, but He does.

We find freedom, because we don’t have to live in the fear of facing our problems.  We can admit that they’re too big for us, but not for God.

The hard part is that if you want that deliverance, it demands humility.

To truly trust God requires that you come to Him with a humble and honest heart, not trying to play up your strengths or downplay your weaknesses.  It means you must come to Him with open, empty hands, acknowledging that He is higher than you are.

When you do that, though, you will find He is your strong rock of refuge against any foe.

When you humbly trust God in your situation, you will find His strength is more than enough for you, and you’ll be filled with hope because of this powerful truth: God is greater than your struggles.

-Pastor Phillip


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Jesus is your triumph

God’s Hope For Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 2

JESUS IS YOUR TRIUMPH

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.  (2 Corinthians 2:14)

“Triumphal procession.”  Think about that image for a moment…

You were not designed to walk around with your head down in defeat, but to stand tall in Christ.

You were not saved so you could spend your life struggling to get by, but so you could be an example of God’s grace to His children.

When you are following Christ, it’s not a procession to a funeral, but a parade for the faithful, marching ever onward to victory for the glory of God.

You see, because God is glorified by how He cares for His people, you can rejoice in this hopeful truth: Jesus is your triumph!

-Pastor Phillip


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God will deliver you from despair

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 1

GOD WILL DELIVER YOU FROM DESPAIR

For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.  But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us.  On Him we have set our hope that He will deliver us again.  (2 Corinthians 1:8b-10)

Some say God will never give us more than we can handle.  Yet, here we see the Apostle Paul, burdened not to the limit of his strength, but beyond it.  Why?

If God only gave us what we could handle, then we could handle it without His help.  There would be no need for supernatural strength, no occasion for divine intervention.

God loves you too much for that.

God loves you so much that He will allow circumstances into your life that will stretch you beyond what you can bear.  He will bring trials your way that will be more than you can handle.  And, every time you find yourself in that place of pressure, He will give to you His power to overcome!

God is the deliverer of His people.  He loves to show His glory by supernaturally saving His children.  He loves to bless with strength all of His people who struggle and to come through for them in their hour of need.

That means if you’re in Christ, He loves to come through for you, and He will.

No matter what struggle you’re facing today, hang in there and rest in the hope of this truth: God will deliver you from despair.

-Pastor Phillip


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Opposition is a gateway to God’s power in your life

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 16

OPPOSITION IS A GATEWAY TO GOD’S POWER IN YOUR LIFE

But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.  (1 Corinthians 16:8-9)

Opportunities and opposition often go hand in hand.  When a door is opened to do great things for the Kingdom, the enemy takes notice and sends a counterattack.

Yet, it is in precisely those times that the power of God has the most opportunity to shine!

Anyone can move forward if there is no challenge.  Anyone can do things that require only natural effort.

However, only the children of God can truly have victory against great opposition.  Only God’s people can walk in supernatural strength against impossible odds.

Are you discovering there are adversaries arrayed against you as you work to build the Kingdom?  Rejoice!  God is opening a door for you to receive greater power to overcome.

Are you encountering difficulties as you seek to follow Christ?  Rejoice!  He is making a way for you that will stretch you past your natural capacity and open you up to His supernatural strength.

When you find yourself weary in the midst of the battle, press on and take heart in the hope of this truth: opposition is a gateway to God’s power in your life.

-Pastor Phillip


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In the Kingdom, your labor is never in vain

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 15

IN THE KINGDOM, YOUR LABOR IS NEVER IN VAIN

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.  (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)

Do you ever get tired of sharing God’s love with others, or doing the things Jesus has called you to?  Do you ever grow weary in serving the church or doing the work of the ministry?  If you’ve ever been in that place, here’s some good news…

Your labor is not in vain, because God gives you the victory.

Your labor is not in vain, because Jesus is the guarantee of your success.

Your labor is not in vain, because nothing matters more than the Kingdom of God, and no other enterprise is closer to His heart.

Your labor is not about growing an organization, it’s about building a Kingdom.  It’s not about keeping rules, it’s about resting in relationship with Jesus and sharing that love out of the overflow.

Be encouraged, because if you’re in Christ, you are already victorious!  This means that you can rest in the hope of this simple truth: in the Kingdom, your labor is never in vain.

-Pastor Phillip


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God gives you power to strengthen His Church

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 14

GOD GIVES YOU POWER TO STRENGTHEN HIS CHURCH

So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the Church.  (1 Corinthians 14:12)

Jesus never intended His Church to be a people who only pursue Him with their minds.  He did not send the Holy Spirit simply to help us live moral lives.  No, Jesus gives power to His people so that He would be glorified by building His Church.

The Church is a people among whom God wants to reveal Himself in deep and glorious ways.  He wants to display His love to the world by the way we love each other.  He wants to show His generosity to the world by the way we give.  He wants to show His compassion to the world by the way we serve those in need. And, He wants to show His power to the world by the way we walk in the supernatural.

This means God is ready and willing to give you more power to the degree that you’re ready to steward it well.  It means He wants to pour out His Spirit on you with as much abundance as you’re able to handle!

God’s power is awaiting a people who will direct it to the place He wants it to go, to the people who are the passion of His heart.

Open your eyes and your hands today.  Receive this gift and seek to use it for the goal God intended.  As you do, you’ll discover the hope found in this truth: God gives you power to strengthen His Church.

-Pastor Phillip


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God’s love is your promise for today

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 13

GOD’S LOVE IS YOUR PROMISE FOR TODAY

So now faith, hope and love abide, these three: but the greatest of these is love.  (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Faith looks forward to something that can happen and trusts enough that it leads to action.  Faith looks to a possibility that has not yet been realized and says, “I believe that can be done.”

Hope looks ahead at something that might happen and chooses to have a confident expectation that it will.  Hope looks to a result that hasn’t yet been achieved, a goal that hasn’t yet been accomplished, and says, “I want that to be done.”

But love…

Love doesn’t need to look forward to some great thing that hasn’t happened yet.  Because of what Jesus did on the cross, God’s love looks back at something that already has happened and realizes what it means for today.  Love says, “It’s already been done for me.”

This means you don’t have to wait to receive God’s love until you’ve earned it, because Jesus already did!  You don’t have to wait for God to prove His love for you, because Jesus already did!

If you’re in Christ, you can have faith in God’s plan for your future and hope in His provision for tomorrow, but you don’t have to wait to walk in His love for you, because of this powerful truth: God’s love is your promise for today.

-Pastor Phillip


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There’s a place for you in God’s family

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 12

THERE’S A PLACE FOR YOU IN GOD’S FAMILY

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor…  (1 Corinthians 12:21-23a)

The world looks for superstars and high-performance people, but the Church is not supposed to be like that.

The world elevates the talented and marginalizes the average, but the Church is not supposed to be like that.

The Church is a place for broken people to be made whole.  The Church is a place for hurting people to be healed.  In fact, the Church is a place that is not a place at all.

It’s a people you belong to, a family in which everybody has a part to play.

So, no matter what your background is, no matter what abilities you may or may not have and no matter how many times you’ve seen “church people” fail to live this out, may you be encouraged by the hope of this truth: there’s a place for you in God’s family.

-Pastor Phillip


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