Nuggets – Eh, are you only coping?

Posted on July 28, 2010 by ptl2010
Updated January 14, 2012

Eh, are you only coping?
Are you a teenager, someone away from home for studies or work, or a foreigner in a strange land earning a living? This question is addressed to you child of God.

We are to overcome, rather than just be coping in our Christian lives.

“Running over, running over,
My cup’s full and running over,
Since the Lord saved me,
I’m as happy as can be,
My cup’s full and running over

That was a chorus I sang as a child in Sunday School. However, There were times when stresses of life made me sing

“Coping only, coping only
My life’s work is coping only
Since the Lord saved me,
I’ve been struggling, struggling, struggling,
My life’s work is coping only.”

Child of God, which version is applicable to you today? Are you victorious or running on near empty and only coping?– feeling frustrated, weary and hopeless?

When you invited the Lord to come into your life as your Saviour, He came in with peace. Have you lost that “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives, do I give to you”( John 14:27)? Have you been missing out on “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ?

Have you felt like you are perpetually reaching your breaking point in the struggles of life? Have you felt “there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man” ( I Corinthians 10:13)?… and missing out on “God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted beyond what you are able”? and that for you the “way of escape” is like an aberration?

Have you been only coping and not realizing what Paul said that “in all these things we are more than conquerors”? (Romans 8:28)

To “cope” is to struggle or contend on fairly even terms.” In swimming terms, it is like treading water, going no-where, just going through the motion of keeping your head above water. To “conquer” is to be “victorious; win.” In swimming terms, it is to reach the shore despite all obstacles.

The difference between coping and conquering in the Christian life are the words “through Him”. We need to invite Him into every situation in our lives in order that through Him we can do all things because He strengthens us. We need to give up struggling on our own and in our arrogance and pride and self-sufficiency and admit that through Him we can be stronger than everything that we will ever face. We need to ask Him to take over control of our lives as Lord and Master so that we will cease from being troubled or afraid, because the Master of our ship can calm the storms, the winds and the waves, He can steer our vessel safely to port in overcoming speed. He knows the rocks and hindrances along the way, and can provide the escape to safe haven. We need to say “Thy will be done”. And as we acknowledge His Lordship, we realize His plan for our lives with the how? and when? included. When we submit to the Lord, He stills the uncertainties and overrides our temporary and short-term views of life. He tells us to be quiet and to let Him….”Be still and know that I am God”(Psalm 46:10) .

Have you experienced what it is to be still every morning and evening?
Stop! He says, I am taking over the loads you were not supposed to carry. Has He not said “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”(Matthew 11:28)? You can have rest from your coping struggles only through Him. Have you responded to His invitation? “Come” He says…”and cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”(I Peter 5:7)

“With Christ in the vessel we can smile at the storm
Smile at the storm, smile at the storm,
With Christ in the vessel we can smile at the storm
As we go sailing home.
Sailing, sailing home, sailing, sailing home
With Christ in the vessel we can smile at the storm
As we go sailing home”

When we begin to sail, it is with confidence that the Pilot will take us through the storm and to safe harbor. Have you asked Christ to only be your Saviour but not your Lord and Pilot? Can you smile at the storm which is under the control of your Savior Pilot, the Controller of the universe? Are you sailing home, with your cup of joy full and running over? You wish? that is not good enough. You must choose.

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6 Responses to Nuggets – Eh, are you only coping?

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  2. granbee says:

    If we grasp the hand He is holding out to us, we can run the race fast enough to outdistance many pesky problems that try to limit us to just “coping”.

  3. On my FaceBook page I have the words, “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.” Amen! Let the Lord’s purpose and plan prevail. Let us rest as He pilots our ship and guides us safely through each storm and into the harbor.

    • ptl2010 says:

      Amen. We choose the direction we would go – the Lord’s way or the enemy’s.
      May we let Jesus Christ be the Pilot in our lives to live as overcomers. Praise the Lord.

  4. writinggomer says:

    Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
    Thank you for this timely reminder of how “not” to live…and how we “should” live.

    • ptl2010 says:

      Many Christians live yo-yo(up and down) Christian lives because they do not tap into the victory Christ has secured for us over the works of the enemy, with His resurrection power. – for me to live is Christ.

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