... a weekly letter of encouragement.
August 22, 1994
"Circumstances don't make or break a man...They simply reveal him."
CIRCUMSTANCES: Are you surmounting yours or allowing them to get the best of you?
According to Psalm 84:5 - 7 the OVERCOMEERS OF CIRCUMSTANCES have four characteristics:
#1 THEY DRAW THEIR STRENGTH FROM GOD:
"How blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee..." (Verse 5)
When you purchase a new automobile there are two ways to get it off the lot. Push it or drive it. Many Christians push their way through life, never tapping into the energy sources that is rightfully theirs: Jesus.
#2 THEIR HEART IS 100% GIVEN OVER TO GOD:
"...In whose heart are the highways to Zion!" (Verse 5)
Here is a person with a single purpose: The highway to Zion. The highway to heaven. This is the pilgrim with blinders on, headed in one direction: Zion, his eternal home.
#3 THEY OVERCOME AND EVEN CHANGE THEIR DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES:
"Passing through the valley of Baca, they make it a spring, the early rain also covers it with blessings." (Verse 6)
Baca is a place of weeping, sorrow, sterility and possibly death. In this barren environment these "OVERCOMERS OF CIRCUMSTANCES" "make it a spring" of water, a source of refreshment, a place of hope and beauty. Rather than being overwhelmed by their circumstances, they change them for good!
#4 THEY BECOME STRONGER AND STRONGER UNTIL THEY CROSS THE FINISH LINE.
"They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion." (Verse 7)
These OVERCOMERS OF CIRCUMSTANCES "gain new strength, (mounting) up with wings like eagles. They... run and not get tired...walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
And they all make it: "Everyone of them appears before God in Zion." (Verse 7)
So, we have a choice: To live "under" the circumstances or rise above them.
WHAT ARE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES REVEALING ABOUT YOU? ARE THEY MAKING YOU OR BREAKING YOU?
Have a great week!
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