“…Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4
Both our family and our ministry have a great respect for the members of our military service. One of our kids, in particular, loves to watch training DVDs on how the Navy SEALs, Marine Scout Sniper’s, etc. are trained. I remember watching this documentary series on how the Navy SEALs receive their training, and the instructor said something to the trainee that stuck out in my mind. He said, in the heat of this man’s training, “You’re not here to survive this, you’re here to take control of this.” Think about that.
At times in my life, I try to only survive my way through something that I believe is out of my ability to do. Now, I am not talking about doing anything second rate or cutting corners or anything like that. I’m talking about how sometimes the Lord gives you obstacles, or a task to do that is just greater than you could take on in your human strength, and because of that, you think, “Oh Lord, please just get me through this.” You know that the only way you’re going to survive or make it through is by the grace and strength of Christ.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” How true that is. We always need to remember that our reliance is solely of God and only through Jesus Christ our Lord and His strength and His grace can we overcome anything. As Christians, we are called to be more than conquerors through Him who loves us (By demonstration I might add). We are not here to merely survive this journey; we are here to take hold of it and fight the good fight of faith as we daily walk with Jesus Christ holding our hand and leading us through.
King David said in Psalm 18:29, “For by Thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.” David couldn’t do that in his strength. He could not have fought and killed Goliath in his strength. Daniel could not have survived the lion’s den in his strength. Moses could not have had the courage to go to Pharaoh and say, “Let my people go” in his strength. Esther could not have had the courage to face the possibility of facing her death on behalf of the Jews that were going to be destroyed in her strength. All these men and women of God relied upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give them the grace, strength, and courage to face anything He had called them to do because He and He alone would help them do it!
In my life right now, God has put some things in front of me that are out of my strength to do without a full reliance upon Him. I rely solely upon Jesus Christ to see me through and be all that I need to get me through. We need to trust in Him and take Him at His Word and have the courage to go forward, knowing that He promised never to leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). So, if you are up against a mountain today that seems overwhelming for you, take a deep breath and pray to the Lord and ask Him for the grace and strength to see you through step-by-step by step.
Remember, you don’t get to the top of a mountain Bradlee likes to say by falling on it. You have to take it step by step by step by step, and Christ will see you through all the way to the top. Through our God we shall do valiantly, through our God we shall overcome, through our God, we will see the victory, and through our God, all things will work together for good to those that love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). So take heart, my friend, you are never alone. Climb your mountain one step at a time and in the end; you will know faithfulness of Christ in a real way and the power of God in demonstration who brought you through!