Life At Its Best: God has all power we need to succeed
July 8, 2011 at 2:08 a.m.
By Jim Graff
This month, I've been a follower of Christ 34 years. Since then, I've had a lot of different experiences. I've had times I've been excited about, living life God's way and others that I've had to endure. Throughout these 34 years, do you know one of the most important lessons I've learned? Stuff happens. Discouraging moments - just like the exciting ones - are all a part of walking with God. But through it all, God has all the power we need to succeed. The key to receiving that power is connecting and remaining connected to Him.
In John 15:5, Jesus says, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." So in order to bear fruit in every season of our Christian lives, we must consistently receive God's input. How? By continually drawing life from His word and allowing Him to speak to us in the good times as well as in the bad.
This week, I thought back to a time in my life when I really needed God's wisdom. I was in my 20s and had been invited to Finland to speak. I was excited about the opportunity, but had a pretty big problem: I didn't have enough money for a plane ticket. So, two weeks before I was scheduled to leave, I decided to call those in charge of the meeting to tell them I couldn't make it. But just as I was about to pick up the phone, God spoke a simple phrase to me that changed my mind. He said, "Trust me." So, I did. I didn't call and resolved to have faith that God would provide.
Later that week, my brother, who was living in Kansas, called and asked me to come visit him. He was dealing with some tough circumstances, and I really felt God directing me to go help him out. But I thought, "God, did you forget about Finland? I barely have enough money to get to Kansas right now." In the natural, it seemed like a flat-out dumb decision. But God had a plan, and because I remained connected to Him in the trying times as well as the good, He remained faithful to His promise.
On my way to visit my brother, I stopped to see a friend in Iowa. He asked me to preach in a little church there, and I accepted, expecting to receive a guest offering of maybe $100. But to my surprise, I left that service with $3,000. I now had enough money to go see my brother and to buy my plane ticket. See how God works? He doesn't call us because we're perfect; He calls us because of what His power can do in our lives if we'll choose to let it work. So, I encourage you today: Connect to the Source and remain there. Expect His power to flow into your life. He will do all that He has promised.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. www.faithfamilyvictoria.com.