Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve done everything you know to do, yet you’re still in it? You’ve done everything you possibly can, everything that’s within your power – and now you’ve come to the end of your rope. You’re probably familiar with the old expression that says something about ‘tying a knot and hanging on.’ Well, although that can’t really be categorized as bad advice (especially if your rope presently happens to be dangling over a precipice); it doesn’t actually take everything into account.
“But that’s why I’m hanging onto this knot, because I ‘have’ considered everything, and there’s nothing left that I can do!” Oh, yes there is. That ‘rope and knot’ thing only takes into account your natural, physical circumstances and any natural, physical remedies that may be available to you. But – and listen to me carefully here – if you’re in Christ Jesus, you’re not limited or bound to just the natural and physical (Galatians 4:3, 8-9). Yes, you may be at the end of your rope; but, I assure you, the end of that rope is just the beginning.
Here’s what I mean. 2 Corinthians 12:7-8 shows the Apostle Paul as he was having one of those ‘I don’t know what to do about this anymore’ sessions. He’d gone to the Lord on three separate occasions to try to get Him to do something about a demonic agent sent from Satan for the express purpose of bothering and hindering him, apparently with no discernible results. I’m quite sure Paul did everything he knew to do. He went to God – Who, seemingly, wasn’t listening, because nothing was all that was happening. So, Paul probably sat down and started thinking about what style of knot he was going to tie. There just wasn’t anything else left to do.
Then the Lord – maybe even with just the slightest hint of exasperation – finally said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength [power] is made perfect [complete; fully accomplished] in weakness [strengthlessness; powerlessness of flesh to ‘do’]” (verse 9). In other words, He told him, “Look, Junior; the gift I’ve given you is more than enough to handle any eventuality you could ever have. My power to produce miracles shows itself best and completes the job when you’ve come to the end of your physical rope and couldn’t get any results by all your natural means. You already have that gift, the power of Christ, residing in you – been there the whole time. So, why are asking me to do it?? You handle it; you kick him out! You’ve got the power and authority to do it!” (Matthew 10:1, 28:18-19; Mark 6:7; Luke 9:1, 10:19)
Then the ‘light’ came on, and that’s why Paul responded, “Well, shoot, if that’s the case, I’m more than happy to get to the end of my natural ability, because then Christ (the Anointing, God’s power on flesh) will kick in and get the job done! When I get to the end of my rope, the power of Christ takes over and produces the results I’m looking for – so that’s when I’m really strong!” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) Okay, well, it was something like that.
So, when you’ve done all you humanly can (assuming, of course, that what you’re trying to do is in God’s will for you – key point to always remember there) and still haven’t gotten the results you need, then it’s time to rejoice because the Anointing in you is about to pick up the ball. Christ’s power in you is more than sufficient for whatever you’re facing. Do whatever the situation requires, then stand your ground, regardless (2 Corinthians 10:6; Ephesians 6:13) – that’s your knot! Then, take the Word of God and speak it out against that mountainous problem (Mark 11:22-23). Don’t back off the command you’ve given, even if it seems to take awhile for things to turn – I assure you, the Word went to work as soon as you spoke it (Mark 11:14-22; 2 Corinthians 10:7).
Just keep believing – stay in faith. Dig your heels in, and focus your attention on the salvation of God that's present with you instead of on the problem you're facing (Exodus 14:13; 2 Chronicles 20:17). Keep on truly expecting the thing you spoke to happen – hold onto your hope (Hebrews 6:18). And, most important of all, be absolutely sure that you stay in love at all times (1 Corinthians 13:4-7), even if it feels like it’s killing you. It isn’t. It's to your great advantage, because love never fails or loses (1 Corinthians 13:8, 13). When you implement the weapons of warfare that aren’t limited to this natural world, then neither are you (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). And when that happens, your ‘situation’ has two – and only two – choices: either git in line with God’s Word, or just plain git!
Lester Young is a Christian writer and graphic artist in Myrtle Beach, SC. Visit his faith-based blog Just the GOOD news!
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