Principles for Prevailing – Handling Our Source of Strength – September 3, 2017
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,”2 Timothy 2:1 ESV (emphasize, mine)
I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:6-8 ESV)
“which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.” (2 Timothy 1:12 ESV (emphasize, mine))
“So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people,” John 4:28 ESV“Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”” John 4:10 ESV …where do you get that living water? v.11
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This 5-part series focuses on second Timothy. The teaching is about the importance of prevailing in life, finding your strength from the right source. In the last chapter we see the success of Paul in this endeavour…although his earthly life is about to end, it is really a great victory as he has fought the good fight, he has finished the race and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:4). Every Christian must learn about where to look and find their source of strength. The woman at the well discovered this ( John 4:28) beautiful truth by leaving her water jug; this symbolically tells us to leave our focus on outside efforts to sustain ourselves, instead look inside for living water…the true source of our strength. See clearly, in finishing the race, it is important to recognize all the pretenders —the counterfeits.
Many choose these counterfeits, alternate places to try to find their peace and joy…to reduce the pain.
So ask yourself a question. Where do I go when things get hard? Where do I get the strength to prevail, to carry on…to move on to victory. Today many have chosen a chemical route that eventually kills, a sad solution indeed which is no solution at all. Others have chosen to try to just get by blaming their past, a bad heritage.
Previously, we looked at heritage as a bag filled with gifts both good and bad. Remember to stir up the good gifts. You many want to listen again to part 3, managing your heritage, to refresh your thoughts.
Wining or prevailing is not about being the best, but being better than the opponent in front of you. A Christian’s real opponent is not physical but spiritual. Excellent training is needed and necessary when the trials and temptations in life come knocking. These tests often push you to the limit, trials testing your strength, temptations targeting your weaknesses*. So it is critical not to live below your potential, not just to hang on or live in defeat waiting for the Inevitable end, but to find your strength in God, making Him First with your time, thoughts and actions, then having done all -stand- and move forward making sure you do not try to do the leading. This requires grace, God’s strength…He is always faithful so rejoice. Check your attitude…be Thankful. Regardless of your earthly heritage -good and bad- through Salvation (Christ) your citizenship is in Heaven…you are adopted by God. Never Give Up…God is faithful.
*Kendal, RT, The Presence of God, 2017
If you are going to find a way to prevail in life, you better know where your strength comes from. You got to find it in the grace of God. Know how to access the grace of God.
1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV
 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
John 4:13-14 ESV
“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.””
John 4:21-24 ESV
“Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.””