Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed completely out of your ability to handle? When I think of situations that seem impossible to bear, I think of my grandpa. I have learned so much from watching him battle obstacle after obstacle. During a two-year span, the obstacles seemed to come one right after another and none of them were easy to face. I was so inspired by how he faced each battle, or rather, how he turned his face to the God who was fighting his battles with him. He kept his eyes fixed upon the God of the Universe who could empower him to overcome any obstacle.

What trials are you currently facing? Where is your focus? Our source of strength is only as strong as the center of our focus. When we focus on obstacles, they have more power in our lives. When we focus on our own strength, we become limited by what we can do on our own. However, when we shift our focus to the source of all strength, obstacles and our own strength shrink in comparison.

No matter what you are facing today, I can say with all assurance that God is so much bigger and stronger than those obstacles! Let the God who can speak the world into motion fill you with his strength.

QUESTION 1. In the midst of hard times, where do you tend to place your focus?
QUESTION 2. What is keeping you from believing that God can give you all the strength you need?
CHALLENGE: Turn your eyes to the power of God and ask him to fill you with strength to do his will as you persevere.
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