The Lord gives us strength to stay above life’s circumstances

| February 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

Chaplain (Maj.) Josh Llano
8th Theater Sustainment Command

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In the book of Job, Job should have said, “The Lord gave, and Satan hath taken away.”

No, there was no mistake. The same grace that had enabled Job to receive a blessing from the hand of God, enabled him to discern the hand of God in the calamities.

In Job 1:11, Satan says, “But now, stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

No one but God, however, could allow Satan to touch Job.

Job’s trials beg the question, are you under or above your circumstances?

To further illustrate, a friend of mine once met a lady who was severely depressed by a series of disheartening events. When asked how she was weathering the storm of adversity, she answered, “Quite well … under the circumstances.”

“Sister,” he replied kindly, yet firmly, “you’ll never make it that way. Get above the circumstances. That’s where Jesus waits to help and strengthen you.”

She took his wise warning as a word from heaven, and laying aside her sadness and self-pity, she began to praise the Lord. New confidence in God’s love and kindness was generated in her soul, and she soon gained the victory of faith.

Ephesians 6:10-13 says the battle has to be fought before the victory can be won. Some, however, want the victory before the battle. Yet, in life, some situations are hard and, in fact, seem beyond our scope of ability or preparation.

Life is not always fair or just, but there is hope.

God has the tools to fight the battles, and the victory is already in his hands. Sometimes we want to get to the last part before the first part. We need to know that we don’t provide the armor for a battle — God does. We put the armor to use on the battlefield, as instructed. However, training and instruction on how to use the armor is necessary.

How do we get that training? By going thought the scrimmages with the mighty power of God.

Matthew 6:25-34 says sometimes we can worry about the battle or the preparation for the battle. When we seek God’s guidance for the battle, he directs the actions and the weapons used.

You see, it is not a question of whether we are emotionally, physically or psychologically ready to do battle when we enter into battles in our life, with our family or in the work environment.

The question is whether we cling to our hope when we enter into battle. The question is, where is your hope?

Is it in your own ability to overcome or in the ability of God the great defender to overcome?

Wherever your strength comes from, know God loves you and desires to help you through the deepest times of you life. God will help you now if you ask him to go into battle with you.

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  1. karen sue llano says:

    This teaching is inspiring because as a mother the circumstances are not important. We are staying above our circumstances in this battle of the flesh. My son Josh has gigantic FAITH AND KNOW HIS MOTHER TAUGHT HIM WELL ABOUT FAITH. His Brother Shaun knows nothing is impossible with GOD.

    • MERRY CHRISTMAS IN 2014. THE PROUD MOTHER OF SHAUN LLANO THE FAMOUS PATENT HOLDER, ARTIST AND CARPENTER. THE BROTHER OF CHAPLAIN JOSH LLANO WHO I AM PROUD OFF IN THE U.S.ARMY. THESE BROTHERS LOVE GOD AND LOVE FAMILY AND COUNTRY. MAJOR CHAPLAIN JOSH LLANO FOUGHT IN THREE WARS AND WON SOULS AS HE SERVED AS A SOLDIER. THE BOOK HE AUTHORED IS “REACHING AFRICAN AMERICANS MUSLINS FOR CHRIST”,IS ENCOURAGING THE CHURCH TO REACH OUT TO MUSLINS. SO THEY WILL ACCEPT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. SHAUN LLANO WINS SOULS AS HE IS IN THE GODS ARMY. NATHAN MY GRANDSON IS A PROUD AMERICAN.
      THE SON OF A FAMOUS AMERICAN DAD AND MOM. WE ARE ALL PROUD OF AMERICAN AND OUR CONSTITUTION. WE ARE REPUBLICANS AND PROUD. WE BELEIVE IN LIFE IN THE WOMB,FAMILY AND LOW TAXES MOST OF ALL STRONG MILITARY AND WE ARE PROUD OF OUR SOLDIERS. DARLENE IS A WONDERFUL MOTHER TO NATHAN AND WIFE TO JOSH AND DAUGHTER IN LAW. BLESSING THIS CHRISTMAS TO YOU. KAREN SUE LLANO

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