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Saints, thank you for sharing your experiences. We all go through different seasons of life at different times. What has resulted in a victory for you today may have very well seemed like a defeat for someone else yesterday. That is why we must be sensitive in what we say yet confident of its impact. Remember there is power and effect in words. You may very well be saving a life!

 

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. (Revelation 12:11)

 

Christa

Christa Varghese

Date Posted: 2012-12-15

Believer: Yes

Location: India

‘Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:30,31, Bible) These verses from the Bible have proven to be correct in my life many a times. They mean that God gives power and great mental and spiritual strength to the most fainthearted people. When even the seemingly strongest people with great mental strength, like the youth, will become fainthearted and will give up on life’s challenges, those who wait on, trust in or look up expectantly to God in the face of challenges, will renew their strength. Their weakness will give way to God’s strength and they will actively face challenges or enemies and will overcome them. They will be like eagles, strong birds of prey, who fly to the greatest heights, overcoming all challenges which may come in the way of their flight. I first experienced the power of these verses in my life when I lost my father at the age of 17. He was seemingly healthy, with no medical complaints, but his death was sudden and unexpected and it threw me and my family into despair. This was because we did not have a good financial background to live by. I and my siblings, a sister and a brother, were studying and my mother was a housewife. Having been brought up in a good Christian atmosphere since childhood, naturally, I found comfort through the Bible. I would read the Bible more often than before and dwell in prayer in God’s presence, placing all troublesome matters before him. I saw that this practice made a big difference in my life. My weakness gave way to God’s strength and he took over the responsibility of my life. I and my siblings had feared that we would have to end our education and take up jobs. Our future too looked bleak. There was also a fear of becoming homeless. But God provided help through the most unexpected sources and we could buy a house and even go for higher educational studies. He met all our needs in the most extraordinary ways. Suddenly people seemed so good and so understanding than we had thought. Naturally, we found ourselves being lifted up like eagles, not because of our strength, but because of the strength from above. After this followed even greater challenges in my life and in many situations, I found my strength faltering. But these verses from the Bible would drive me to my knees in God’s presence. And sure enough, I have never gotten up from there without gaining new strength, one which was not my own. I am still faced with roadblocks, difficult situations in life, enormous challenges and unexpected enmity. But each time when I am faced with a fresh new challenge, these verses remind me to put my whole trust in God. He has never failed me so far and my strength has increased over the years!

 

 

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