“Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
In recent years, we have all seen the highly publicized stories of superstar athletes who have been caught using steroids and thus have had to forfeit awards and endured public scorn. Steroids have been used by people over the years to grow strong at a very quick rate and to gain advantage over others. The real truth is that there is no shortcut to getting strong physically. To do so, requires discipline, commitment, and long hours of hard work.
The same principle holds true for us spiritually. There are no shortcuts to growing spiritually. As 1 Chronicles 16:11 says above, we are to continually, or throughout our lives, seek the Lord and His strength. If we are to be strong in the Lord, this is a process that will never end as long as we live on this earth. As we seek Him, I am convinced that God will change our hearts, our perspective, and our view of where our real strength comes from. Let me share with you some of the benefits of finding our strength in the Lord.
First, I believe that the real source of strength for our lives comes from developing an intimate relationship with God. This relationship will provide us with real joy that many times is missing from our daily lives. Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that “the joy of the Lord is your strength!” I am sure that each of us would love to have this type of abiding joy that permeates our lives regardless of the circumstances that come our way.
Next, God promises in Isaiah 40:29 that He will give “power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” In other words, we face so many situations that seem so far beyond our own power and in those times God promises to give us the strength to face whatever challenge may be upon us.
Finally, I saved the best part of finding our strength in the Lord until the last. In 2 Samuel 22:30 the Bible tells us that “In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.” With God, there is nothing that is impossible. We do not have to rely any longer on what we alone can do. The circumstances of life do not have to win or control us.
I love the phrase that “with my God I can scale any wall.” This reminds me that there is no dream or goal that is too big for our God. There is no hope or aspiration that is beyond what our God can do as long as it is His will for our lives. This is indeed a strength that is beyond what any human effort can ever produce.
What walls are you facing today? What obstacles are in your way? Are you tired of trying to overcome these things in your own strength? I know what that feels like as I have been there many times. I pray that each of us will seek the Lord and His strength for our lives so that we can start to scale the walls we are facing in God’s strength alone.
May we all begin to experience as Nehemiah did that “the joy of the Lord is our strength!”
Good morning Metrolina family!
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“It’s hard to hear from God when you have your mind made up.” - Dr. Mike Whitson
I am sure most of us have heard someone say that they have “trust issues.” Meaning that this person has a hard time trusting others. I am afraid sometimes as Christians we develop the same problem when it comes to trusting God completely. We have problems and difficulties come our way and many times we instinctively choose to find our plan for dealing with the problem and never taking it to God.
I wonder how often we make our minds up about something without spending time in prayer or God’s Word to see if our solution lines up with what God has to say. In my life, I have been guilty of doing this so many times. You would think that with all the mistakes I have made doing it this way that I would have learned that not choosing to trust God is never the best option.
On the other hand, I have found God to be so faithful over the years and worthy of me trusting Him with every aspect of my life. Years ago, I found Him faithful and trustworthy in leading me to my wife. At first, I tried to find someone on my own and that proved to be very unfruitful. When I turned that process over to God and trusted Him with the results, God led me to the greatest gift of my life, outside of salvation, in my wife.
When I became a father, I struggled with how to raise my children and leaned heavily on my own wisdom. This too proved to be so frustrating and I quickly learned that being a parent was all about following God’s plan completely and trusting Him with the results. From that experience, God did miraculous things with my kids and has grown them up to be intimate followers of Jesus Christ. He has given me joy through their lives and walk that I would have never experienced had I continued to raise them on my own.
Over and over in my life God has proved so faithful and trustworthy. Yet, there are times that we all wander back to the idea of trusting ourselves or someone else in day to day aspects of life. I am convinced that if when faced with a decision or crisis we would, as believers, take a step back and consider all the times in our lives when God has shown Himself so strong and trustworthy in our lives then I am sure we would choose more often to trust God.
The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:5 conveys this idea when he says: “I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” Paul is telling the church at Corinth that he has modeled for them the principle of completely trusting God and relying on His power alone so that they too might learn to trust in the power of God.
I pray that we all would learn to seek God first with the details of our everyday lives and keep our minds and hearts open to the voice of God so that we might hear daily what He has to say to us. God does have great things planned for our lives if we will learn to trust Him!
Our goal at MCA is to focus on both the intellectual and spiritual development of our students. Christian education provides the framework for a true education by using the Bible as the standard for truth. The source of all truth is the Bible and an education without the Bible will give students the basis for an inaccurate worldview. The dangers of this type of worldview were forewarned many years ago by Martin Luther.
“I am much afraid that the schools and universities will prove to be the great gate of hell unless they diligently labor to explain the Holy Scriptures and engrave them upon the hearts of youth. I advise no one to send their child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution that does not unceasingly occupy its students with the Word of God must become corrupt.” - Martin Luther
Our children need a solid distinctive Christian education to help them overcome and counteract the influence of this very destructive culture we live in. What do I mean by distinctive?
Christian education is distinctive at Metrolina Christian Academy because:
1. Christian education at MCA is not about running or hiding from the world but rather it is about embracing and pursuing the mind of Christ.
2. Christian education at MCA is about preparing young people for the kingdom of heaven and the marketplace of ideas.
3. Christian education is distinctive at MCA because it emphasizes Christ-centeredness in a very self-centered world.
4. Christian education is distinctive at MCA because it focuses on spiritual formation in addition to the intellectual development of a student.
5. We offer a fast paced, college preparatory program that enables our students to excel academically.
Isaiah 55:11 tells us of the great power of God’s Word in our lives. That verse declares: “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” According to this verse, we believe that a distinctive Christian education will accomplish much in our children’s lives. It will produce fruit in their lives as this verse declares.
I can think of no greater distinction for my children than they be known for God’s fruit in their lives. As an older parent, I have experienced the joy that 3 John 4 speaks of when it says: “There is no greater joy than to know that my children walk in truth.”
This joy is truly what makes Christian education so distinctive and rewarding for us as parents. I pray that this truth will encourage you as you sacrifice to provide this distinction for your children!
“Don’t worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” Robert Fulgham
Our children do spend a lot of time watching who we really are. They look intently to see what we value, what we celebrate, and what we live for. I have come to realize that the greatest calling of my life is to pass a Godly heritage of faith to my children. My wife and I have worked hard at trying to teach our kids the things of God every hour that they are awake. We have sought to model a Biblical lifestyle at home, take them to church, and then to provide them with a Christian education so that their worldview would be constantly shaped by God’s truth. In essence, I wanted to model my love and pursuit of living for Jesus so that my kids, who are watching, would desire the same.
Modeling and living a lifestyle is important but we must also then begin to prepare our children to live for Jesus in this difficult culture. Derek Kenan said in regard to this that we should be “teaching our kids to swim beyond the buoys.” Isn’t that what we want in the final analysis? We must plan for our children to leave the confines of our homes, churches, and schools prepared to meet the rough currents of workplaces and the open hostility found on most college campuses.
How do we do this? We do this by ensuring that our children are being influenced with a Biblical Worldview so that they will learn themselves to live with such a worldview. We must begin early to make sure that our children’s underlying belief system is rooted and grounded in God’s Word and not the philosophies of this world. I want to give you a few verses that illustrate the importance of ensuring our kids have the right influence.
First, Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” If we want our children to have the right path for life, then we must teach them that their hope is in Christ Jesus alone.
Next, Luke 2:52 tells us: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” The greatest model to follow in raising our children is Jesus. He was raised with the priorities of wisdom, stature, favor with God and favor with man. Achieving these four goals for our children is impossible outside of the influence of God’s Word and God’s people.
Also, Luke 6:40 teaches us: “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” God’s Word is clear in this passage that our children will become like those who teach them and have influence on them.
Finally, Colossians 2:8-9 declares, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” We do all we can to guard against our children being taken captive as these verses declare by the philosophies and principles that do not line up with God’s Word.
For these very reasons, my wife and I have always prioritized Christian education for our kids. We wanted them in an environment that would influence them to develop a Biblical Worldview. We knew that they would be watching those who have influence and we made sure that they were influenced daily with God’s truth. As I look back, it has been the greatest investment of our lives!