By: Darrelyn L. TuttThe Christian walk is not void of difficulty but one which is filled and brimming with all sorts of curious sufferings.Ask Peter, Andrew, James, and John.Ask Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Daniel, David, Naomi, and Ruth.Think of the difficult seasons attending each of these individuals and consider the outcome of their lives.Hmmm ...Hearty Christians, we learn, are developed through crisis, hardships, and difficulties and not in spite of them. Development of soul happens in due process and in slow progress in the process.Disciplines take place as difficulties surface.Christ is learned on the journey of the mountain.If we hope to progress in the faith we, likewise, must deveop the mindset of hearty adventurists bent on reaching a summit deemed impasssble and impossible by most.We must learn that strength of conviction hinges on the strength of God.Strength and force of character become realities only as God is relied upon.It's God alone who takes His man or woman to the heights and teaches him to prosper and it's God and God alone who can be trusted."The Lord God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places."Habakkuk 3:19And again ..."I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."Philippians 3:19-------Each man must decide whether God's word is a liturgy of fine sounding speech on a Sunday morning or a robust force of weighty truth to be applied Monday through Sunday.Is God the God of your mountain or just the God of your mouth?Do you walk Him out or just talk Him out?Do you think we know the difference?Hmmm ...I think it's God's desire to make hearty adventurists out of all of us.I think He genuinely wants to transport us to lofty and unimaginable places in order to showcase His glory and reveal Himself to us.Over and over again we must mouth the strain: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.And over and over again, we must take another straining step upward in order to progress forward.We've been positioned and secured for successful navigation;we have only but to act on the promises of God's realities to arrive on the summit.Take another step ...---------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS:1) "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."Philippians 3:19Repeat this truth over and over throughout your day.Which word is most highlighted to you in this truth? Why?When you're standing in the grocery line, when you're waiting at the stoplight, when you're listening to a coworker, speak this truth and enforce it with your mind and mouth continually.Repetition. Repetition. Repetition.2) We are all guilty of declaring certain people and situations in our lives "impossible."In doing so we suggest there's a limit to God's strength.+Remedy past negativity with the positivity of God's true word and apply Philippians 3:19 to the 5 scenarios or peoples brought to mind. Remember that God's word isn't just for the application of your life and your difficulty but it ought to be evenly applied to others in the same manner with the same intended desire.3) We each have mountains with different names.Identify "yours" and examine the lives of those in the Bible and those around you who have faced comparable difficulties. Shoulder up to them, get near them, and listen to them.Grow as comrades and companions on the journey.Share your vulnerability ...and continue the journey."I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."Philippians 3:19-------
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