We all will face giants in our life whether it is finances, health, the loss of a loved one, job struggles, and more. The Book of Numbers records the story of twelve men who were chosen out of two million people to go and spy out the Promised Land. Of these twelve men chosen for this prestigious assignment, only two of the men could see past the giants and know that this was indeed the land that God had provided for them. Ten spies convinced a whole nation that they were "not able" to face these giants. However, Joshua and Caleb knew as the Bible says that "we are well able "to overcome these giants because of their trust in God. As a result, Joshua and Caleb became "notable" for their stand and even today families continue to name their children after them.
Daniel 2:20-21 declares: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are his; And he changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings and establishes up kings; he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding."
What an incredible passage of scripture for whatever challenge you and I may be facing in life! We all will face giants in our life that make us feel intimidated and inadequate. These verses tell us that God has all the wisdom and all the power for whatever giant we may be facing.
God is omnipotent which literally means "all powerful". I do not know of another concept more critical for Christians living today than understanding and embracing this one. We will quickly be overwhelmed and discouraged just in trying to raise our children without living out the idea that God alone is able to give us the power and wisdom we need for whatever task we may be facing.S
So, how do we practically speaking live out this concept? Ephesians 6:10 tells us to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." What does this mean? It means that in our mind and in our heart we know and claim daily that He is all powerful. Specifically, we daily recognize that we have no strength of our own but through prayer and being in His Word that we can rely on His strength.
I am convinced that embracing this concept will change our lives and our outlook on life. In my own life, I do not want to be part of the "not able" crowd. Our God is greater, our God is stronger, and our God is higher than anyone else. I pray these Biblical truths will encourage you today as you face the giants of your life.
Finally, I want to invite you to our annual Spring Family Chapel Night which will be February 19th in our sanctuary. Our guest speaker will be Adrian Despres. Adrian is the chaplain for the University of South Carolina football team and probably the favorite chapel speaker for our Upper School students. Adrian will be sharing with us some incredible truths about family that you do not want to miss. He is a gifted communicator and his approach to family will be a blessing to you and your family. Our Upper School Praise team will lead the music and I promise it will be a great night for all.
I look at the calendar and find it hard to believe that we are about halfway through the school year. We began our 20th year with a theme of "One Heart, One God, and One Mission." As we begin the second half of the year, I am praying that God would allow us to live out the idea of having "One Heart" for Him so that we might bring Him glory.
One of the ways in which God wants us to bring Him glory is by helping others and lifting others up. Ezekiel 36:26-27 declares: "I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit will I put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh, and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules."
Having a personal relationship with Jesus is not about praying a prayer and then going on to live anyway we want. Instead, when we invite Christ to be our Lord and Savior He radically transforms us. He places His Spirit in us as these verses declare and gives us new direction and purpose for living.
Part of that purpose is to help others that we come in contact with who are broken and hurting. Galatians 6:1 tells us to "Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." God commands us to lift up those who are hurting and seek to make a difference in their lives for the Kingdom. Only God has the power to transform lives but as we love others and give them the Word of God I am convinced that we will see God do miraculous things in the lives of others.
I read something that Frances Chan wrote recently that stirred my heart. He stated: "Until you and every person in your church are actively ministering to the people around you, your area will not have an accurate picture of what the church was created to be."
Over the years, I have seen God bring our school community together in such powerful ways to minister to others. Would you join me and the staff of MCA in committing as never before to actively ministering to those around us? I pray that our community will see in our actions what the church was created to be. Our world desperately needs to see those who have this new heart living it out loud.
I pray that we will all use our school's prayer ministry to share our burdens and give each of us an opportunity to pray for you. Also, I want to let you know as part of our family that if you are hurting today then we are here to help you in other ways besides prayer if you need us.
At the beginning of the year, so many of us make resolutions to make what we believe are much needed changes in our lives. Instead of making resolutions this time of year, I prefer to set goals for the year both personally and professionally. A few weeks ago, I began to pray and ask God what He would have me set as my goals for the year.
From that prayer, the Lord gave me a verse to use as one of His goals for me this year. The verse He gave me was Ephesians 6:10 which states "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might." What does that verse really mean? It means that in our minds and hearts that we know that He is omnipotent and all-powerful and that we choose to be strong in Him.
As I pondered this verse, God reminded me that so many times in my life I try to be strong in whom I am instead of relying on His strength and power to face the challenges of life. I realize that I am not able on my own to face the giants and challenges of this life but He is. My goal for 2013 is to seek to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might daily.
As I write this email, I am sure that some of you may be facing some giants today that may seem unstoppable. Allow me to give you two more verses to go with Ephesians 6:10 as you face your giants. Jeremiah 32:27 asks the questions: "Is there anything too hard for the Lord?"In addition, Ephesians 3:20 states "Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."I pray that the truth of these verses will penetrate your heart and encourage you today.