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I love Chinese food. I used to save the fortune cookies and give them to my daughter, but recently I’ve been cracking them open myself and seeing the fortune found within. I built up quite the collection on my desk and started to see the truth in them. May these “fortunes” bless you as they have blessed me.
“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.”
Everyone wants to be strong. At an early age, children will say look at my muscles. Kids will attempt to pick up heavy items to showcase their strength. When we get older and feelings are hurt, we try to be strong and not let anyone see our tears. We typically do not go around and tell people our faults and weaknesses. The fortune cookie message of today is, “He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.”
Everyone believes in something or someone. When you believe in Jesus Christ, you are strong. It is in admitting you are weak and cannot save yourself, that you are in fact strong because when you believe, you receive. You receive redemption, restoration, and the same power that rose Jesus from the grace lives in you. The Spirit of God is within you. He is your strength.
Even still, we as Christians should not think that we will always feel strong. You won’t. There will be moments when you feel weak and honestly you and I are weak. We are human. We are finite creatures. Without Jesus, we are nothing. There will be moments when you feel weak and have doubts and feel like you do not have it all together. Do not try to make those moments go away. Do not try to deny the moments and put on a fake smile. When you doubt, ask God to help you believe. When you feel weak, embrace the One who is a firm foundation. Rest in His grace. Allow Him to be your refuge.
“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’”– Mark 9:24 [ESV]
“O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.” – Isaiah 33:2 [ESV]
Week 1 – Stain Removal
I will not take anything from you so that you can’t say you made Abram rich.
CARING FOR GOD’S GLORY
- You were made to glorify God – Isaiah 43:7
- No one can steal God’s glory – Isaiah 42:8
- Satan loves when you try to steal God’s glory
- The Earth will be filled with the knowledge of His glory – Habakkuk 2:14
How do we live this out?
Live By His Strength [1 Peter 4:11] – remember, THE SAME POWER
Bear Fruit [John 15:8] – remember, ABIDE IN HIM
Shine Light [Matthew 5:16] – remember, DON’T HIDE THE GOOD NEWS
Live Intentionally [1 Corinthians 10:31] – remember, KEEP PRESSING FORWARD
GLORY BE TO GOD
Breakout Session Questions
1) Read Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 60:1-3, and Revelation 21:22-25. What is the glory of God?
2) Read Isaiah 42:8. What does it mean that no one can steal God’s glory, if we know that often we do things to take His glory all the time?
3) Read 1 Peter 4:10-11. What have we been given to help us to live for God’s glory? Within this passage, we are given the answer to how we can do what we have been called to do – to live a life for God’s glory. What can we glean?
Handle with Care is a 6-week series focused on studying God’s Word and responding with care. The six weeks of messages may sound like instructions for laundry care — but you will soon find Handle with Care beckons you to examine within, to gauge how you truly love God and love others, and to grow inward and outward. Caring starts with the heart and pours out into the community.
- Week 1 – Stain Removal – Caring for God’s glory
- Week 2 – Do Not Bleach – Caring for Truth
- Week 3 – Add Fabric Softener – Caring like Barnabas
- Week 4 – Fasten the Zipper – Caring for Unity
- Week 5 – Empty Pockets – Caring for Treasures
- Week 6 – Iron Low Heat – Caring without Complacency