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Bible Verses About Strength In Hard Times
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- (hard time) a difficulty that can be overcome with effort; "we had a hard time getting here"; "analysts predicted rough sledding for handset makers"
- a time of difficulty
- (hard time) a term served in a maximum security prison
- The emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult
- military capability: capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war; "we faced an army of great strength"; "politicians have neglected our military posture"
- force: physical energy or intensity; "he hit with all the force he could muster"; "it was destroyed by the strength of the gale"; "a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"
- The quality or state of being strong, in particular
- Physical power and energy
- the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"
300 who won
The Battle of Thermopylae took place in 480 B.C. with only 300 Spartan warriors defending their post against a Persian army of several hundred thousand. The Spartans fought bravely and fearlessly, taking their stand on a little hill, fighting in a circle facing outward with wave after wave of enemies attacking from all directions. The 300 Spartans fought tirelessly for two days defending Thermopylae against all odds. The Persians seemed utterly unable to annihilate the small band of Spartans. In fact, when King Leonidas of the Spartans was killed, he was some distance away. So some Spartans formed a tight group, fought their way to his body, picked it up and then fought their way back to the main group on the hill. You can watch a bloody, violent but great action movie of the Spartans called 300. But here is the spoiler alert – the Spartans lost. However, they made such a dent in the Persian army, that even though the Spartans lost the battle, the Persians would ultimately be defeated shortly thereafter. That was Leonidas and his Spartan 300 who fought for home and family but lost. The original 300 was Gideon and his Israelite army who fought for the Lord and won. To set the stage, the Israelites had been under Midianite rule for 7 years. Each crop season, the Midian people and their allies would attack Israel destroying all the crops and taking all their animals. Judges 6:6 reports, “Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.” I think this is a very telling verse about the spiritual approach of the Israelite people throughout the Old Testament: worship idols > crisis > cry out to God > God performs miracles and saves the Israelites > worship God momentarily > back to worshipping idols > cycle repeats. Sounds pathetic. But really, how much different is our spiritual approach in our lives? But God is going to spare His wayward people. The angel of the Lord appears while Gideon is threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress (in an effort to hide the wheat from the Midianites, a chore typically done out in the wind to separate the chaff). The angel of the Lord assured Gideon, “Midian may have hundreds of thousands, but it will still be no contest for you. The Lord is with you, mighty warrior” (Judges 6:12). Then the Lord tells Gideon to go with the strength he has in God. God didn’t give him any superpowers, didn’t clear the way, didn’t remove the Midianites. He was going to use Gideon to defeat the Midianites. We don’t need to have it all figured out, don’t need to be perfect, we just need Jesus. After this, Gideon sent messengers throughout the land to summon an army. Again, Gideon wasn’t so sure about all this. He was hesitant. He probably sensed that the majority of his troops were hesitant, too. Gideon’s army was small and weak. The Midianites were numerous, powerful and battle-tested. So Gideon asked for a sign not once, but twice, that the Lord would prove himself. First he asked that a fleece of wool be wet while the ground around it was dry and the next day that the wool be dry while the ground around it was wet. The Lord did what Gideon asked. God performed these miracles and proved that he would do the impossible. Gideon was satisfied. What Gideon did not yet know, however, was just how far the Lord would lengthen the odds to prove the humanly impossible. Away Gideon went with 32,000 soldiers. That may sound like an impressive number of soldiers. But when compared to the number of soldiers in the Midianite army, it was a minute militia. The Midianite army was like a swarm of locusts. Humanly speaking, it would be a mismatch. The battle wouldn't be much of a contest. But God saw it differently, and he said to Gideon: “You have too many men. Announce to the people: ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” 22,000 scaredy cats left. That’s two-thirds of Gideon’s army. Now Gideon had 10,000 soldiers left in his army. Again the Lord said to him: “There are still too many men.” Following the Lord's instructions, Gideon took these 10,000 soldiers down to the water. He told them to take a drink. Those who got down on their hands and knees to lap the water like a dog were dismissed. 9,700 left. Now Gideon had 300 soldiers. But they were 300 who were brave and courageous and alert. They were 300 who had been chosen by God. They were 300 who were ready to do what the Lord wanted them to do, no matter how impossible it may have seemed. Gideon’s army numbered 300. The Midianite army numbered 135,000. Gideon’s men were outnumbered 450 to 1! If we would face terrible odds like that, would we be terrified and run home to Mommy or would we stay and fight? Would we follow the Lord’s instructions even though the odds were against us? Would we have faith in God’s promises for the victory? Those are some important questions. As Ch
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
JESUS, THE TRUE VINE John 15:1-10 Key Verse 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” In John 14, Jesus tries to comfort his disciples after revealing to them that he will soon be taken from them and suffer death on the cross. The disciples were troubled and worried about what their life would be like after Jesus was gone. In this chapter, Jesus uses a parable to help the disciples understand clearly their relationship with Jesus and how he would make them fruitful men of God. He wants to encourage them that there is no separation from Jesus but rather an intimate, personal relationship like that of a vine and its branches. Through this passage, I pray that God would encourage us to live fruitful lives by remaining in Jesus the true vine and to give glory to God. May God makes us fruitful in this coming fall semester. I. Jesus, the true vine (1-3) Look at verse 1. “I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.” To understand what Jesus means we must first understand the history behind the imagery Jesus is using. In the gospels, Jesus often used parables or short stories to help the disciples understand difficult concepts. He used images that the disciples could relate to and easily understand. These parables help not only the disciples to understand but us as well. Jesus calls God the Father the gardener. This idea of God as the gardener or caretaker of a vineyard would be familiar to the disciples. Isaiah 5:2 tells us that God had a vineyard that “he dug up and cleared of stones and planted with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well.” As the gardener, God took great care to prepare the best environment for his vines to grow and bear fruit. To maintain a garden or plants is not easy. Every year I hated when spring would arrive and my grand mother would make my brothers and I prepare her garden. It was really hard work. I had to dig the ground up. Then I had to collect the weeds and grass and make sure no dirt was wasted. Later, I had to spread cow manure as a fertilizer. These steps were important to make sure that the garden and its plants would be fruitful and produce ripe peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and even squash. This is the role of the gardener. The gardener nurtures and takes care of the vine and the vineyard so that it will be productive. God also provides a fruit-bearing environment for us. When we look around, we are blessed with a bible center to come and study God’s word. We are blessed with joyful coworkers in Christ who encourage us and pray for us. Most importantly, God has given us Jesus to take away our sin and has used him to makes us fruitful people. As the Father is the gardener, Jesus is the true vine. Originally, Isaiah 5:7 tells us that “the vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are the garden of his delight.” The work of the gardener began with the nation of Israel. He called them as his chosen people and provided all the best for them, a land flowing with milk and honey. Yet, instead of bearing good fruit, Israel failed and turned away from God, yielding only bad fruit. Instead of serving the mission God had given them they became selfish and gave their worship to idols. Their failure prompted God to plant the “true” vine, Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God is beginning a new history that originates with the disciples and continues on through God’s people even today. Jesus is truth and the giver of life. John 1:3,4 says “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” This is why Jesus is the true vine. Through the vine, the entire plant becomes alive and receives its nutrients. Only Jesus can be the true vine, the source of everlasting life. Jesus is the source of new life in all who are touched by him. As the true vine, Jesus changes our lives from a cursed life in sin to a blessed life in Him. I am encouraged by S. Shannon Smith because I see God was touched him and grown him that he could be used as a source of blessing to the Venezuela conference. Praise Jesus! the true vine who gives us life and makes us a blessing. Within every vine there are also branches. Look at verse 2. “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” “He” refers to God the gardener. The gardener plants the vine. And after planting the vine the gardener prunes or cleans the fruit-bearing branches so that it will continue to bear fruit. Those branches that bear no fruit he takes and cuts off completely from the vine. These branches that are cut off completely represent those that have chosen to reject the life-giving word of God. In John 13, Judas Iscariot makes a deci