Christ which Strengthens

2 Corinthians 11 27In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

Philippians 412I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Matthew 9:36But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Disciple, when you are full of Christ, bursting at the seams with life and love, you will find multitudes drawn to you. 

At first, you will be excited. You will be tempted to swell with pride and pat yourself on the back.  You will perhaps endeavor to meet the needs of the people in your own strength.  You will give selflessly until there is nothing left to give.  And you will run out, (or ‘burn out’ as we say in Christian circles). 

It is no wonder that Paul counted the caring for multitudes among his many trials.  Yet, Paul had a secret.  He knew he could do all things…but only through Christ.  He saw the whole world was in His hands, and as Paul set his will and effort to accomplishing the will of the Lord, he always held this to be true: the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’ And this allowed Paul to give himself for others.

 The multitudes are lost and desperately need Christ in you to be active and manifest.So square your shoulders, and let the people climb aboard.  You will bear them toward the goal, but do so in His strength which works mightily in you.  Imposssible is nothing in HIM.


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