Book : Stronger by Jim Daly
Lifeâ€™s challenges can make our faith stronger
How to trade brokenness for Unbreakable Strength
Do we allow our circumstances to define God or allow God to define our circumstances?
When Daly asked a local missionary the question â€œHow do you pray for us?â€ the answer was eye-opening. â€œWe are prayingâ€¦for the church in America to get more persecution.â€ Why would someone viewing the lives of believers living in the U.S ask such a thing from God? Daly concluded that ours is viewed as a weak faith in need of strengthening.
As Daly began to examine his own life and the lives of those with whom he ministered, he observed that trial and persecution had a markedly different effect upon people, and he discovered that those who chose to surrender their situations to Godâ€”painful though they might beâ€”grew stronger in their faith, while those who chose to face their trials alone with resentment and anger often turned their back on Godâ€”blaming Him for their circumstances.
Dalyâ€™s latest book, Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength, explores the choices that lie at the crossroad of tragedy and presents a vision of strength that the Church and families can cling to during hard times.
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Daly states a profound truth he has observed in the lives of fellow believers:
Christ alone is the one true foundation upon which we must stand and to whom we must cling when the going gets tough. Christ offers this strength to us allâ€”not because we deserve it, but because He loves us. Unless we choose to live in Christâ€™s unbreakable strength, we will live lives broken by bitterness.
Is God to blame? Is He punishing His people?
Drawing upon his own life experiences and of those with whom he has shared his ministry, Daly indicates that the opposite is true. God uses every circumstance in our life, whether He orchestrates it for a purpose, or allows it to occur, to show us His great love and continually invite us into closer relationship with Him.
Daly states, â€œIf we believe in a big God, one who is mighty enough to create the universe and every living creature in it, who is still actively making miracles and involved in our lives today, we possess a powerful hope. No matter how traumatic or tragic our circumstances, we know that anything is possible if itâ€™s in His will. We ask for the Lordâ€™s intervention in the great and minute issues of our lives, understanding that His power is unlimited.â€
This book is worth a good read and it has the potential to cultivate a positive outlook.