Monday, February 24, 2014

“It is Well With My Soul”

Well  (well-being) – the state of being healthy, happy or prosperous.

Luke 17:19 “…your faith has made you well (healed you)”

Soul – the spirit (inner man) in man that is believed to be separate from the boy and is the source of a person’s emotional, spiritual, and moral nature.

Romans 7:22 – For in my inner being I delight in God’s law (I love God’s law with all my heart).

Isaiah 40:29-31..the people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky.

We are told not to wait for God but to wait upon Him. Like a waiter in a restaurant, we’re to take an active part in pleasing Him. We’re to honor Him with worship in the morning. We’re to talk to Him in the evening. We’re to look for ways to serve Him by loving people throughout the day. And, as we wait on the Lord, we’ll find more strength to awit on Him even more in a never-ending cycle. (Jon Courson)

“His strength is perfected in our weakness” – Chuck Smith

But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for, and hope in Him) shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up (close to God) as eagles mount up (close to God)  as eagles (mount up to the sun); they shall run and not be weary, the shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Heb 12:1-3) AMP

The greatest human strength is powerless to meet the challenges of life. The powerful Creator God gives power (Is. 40:29) Renew here means to “to exchange.” Those who wait or depend on the Lord will exchange their weakness for God’s strength. Neither soaring with wings as eagles nor running is pictured as climax; rather the sought after prize of walking as presented as the mainstay of Christian experience. Serving God in the mountain-top experience of experiences of life when His people can soar with Him is not so difficult. The most difficult times of service can be in the monotonous everyday grind of life when Godpeople (CF’s) feel like they are spinning their wheels and going nowhere. The Lord’s children can exchange their weaknesses for God’s strength in the daily walk of life.

Ephesians 3:16 – I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power (the ability to do or act; strength, might, force) through His Spirit in your inner being.

Colossians 1:11…being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience

·         Strengthen – to make stronger; give strength to.

             Endurance – the ability to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress or other adverse conditions:
o   Stamina
o   Lasting quality

       Patience – quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered are, diligence.

Paul never met the Colossians but he faithfully prayed for them. His prayers teach us how to pray how to pray for other believers (CF’s), whether we know them or not. We can request that they:

             Understand what God wants them to do,
             Gain spiritual wisdom
             Honor and please God
             Produce every kind of good fruit
             Learn to know God better and better
             Be strengthened with God’s power
             Have great endurance and patience
                 Be filled with joy and
             Give thanks always.

In Jon Courson’s Commentary on Colossians 1:9-13, he writes, If you desire to be a prayer warrior, carefully consider this prayer. Notice how Paul prays for things we don’t even think about. We pray, “Oh, Lord, help him to get over his arthritis,”  or “ Help her to be happy in her relationship” or “Help them get the new car.” But what does Paul pray? Under the inspiration of the Spirit, Paul prays that the Colossians would know the will of God and walk worthy of Him, that they would be fruitful and strengthened with His might, and that they would be patient and full of joy. Those are important issues. Those are the issues of eternity. So if we want to know how to pray for our kids, grandkids, parents or spouse – listen to Paul pray.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Featured Post

Independence Day!

Did you know? The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United State...

Popular Posts