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9 Ways Jesus Sustains Us

"So that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful..." 1 Corinthians 1:6-9

We have got to break this lie that we, as Christians, can sustain ourselves in the faith. We can't! Only Jesus can, and we must remember and realize that our sustainability is nothing compared to His.

I want us to start handing over the scepter of control and learn to FULLY depend on Christ as our rock - not our efforts.

"No one is established by wickedness,

but the root of the righteous will never be moved."

Proverbs 12:3

Here are 9 ways Christ sustains us till the end:

1. Jesus satisfies where evil can't.

"Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,

but the root of the righteous bears fruit."

Proverbs 12:12

Evil will always covet and want more.

No one is established by wickedness because where wickedness lies there is disorder (James). Our efforts are sometimes the same way and like filthy rags. This doesn't mean we stop pursuing good, godly works, but should see our works as the fruit of genuine faith - not the catalyst for a relationship with Christ.

Your works don't define you as a Christian. Christ does.

Your identity is not in what you do, and your sustainability is not in how good you are at not sinning.

True sustainability can only come from Christ because it is by the power of God that we are unshakable and can remain steadfast.

"The wicked are overthrown and are no more,

but the house of the righteous will stand."

Proverbs 12:7

Wickedness doesn't have the power to sustain itself because it's too divided. This is why Paul writes later in 1 Corinthians for us to be of one mind and one judgment because he understood that the only way our House (the church) will stand firmly against evil is when we're in one accord.

2. Jesus supplies ALL we need and more.

"From the fruit of his mouth, a man is satisfied with good,

and the work of a man's hands come back to him."

Proverbs 12:14

Whether we need physical food or spiritual food, Christ is always available to give us the nutrients we need to effectively work all day. His Word is a great source to start receiving words from Him that bring satisfaction and joy.

3. Jesus gives us honest feedback.

"Truthful lips endure forever,

but a lying tongue is but for a moment."

Proverbs 12:19

He gives us instructions that, if we follow, will sustain us till the end. The key is are we willing to listen and obey?

"A wise man listens to advice."

Proverbs 12:15

4. Jesus plans peace for us.

"Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,

but those who plan peace have joy."

Proverbs 12:20

Jeremiah 29:11 is a famous verse where God speaks to His people that He still has plans of peace and not harm for them, to give them hope and a future. Even when we mess up, God still has plans of peace for us that will sustain us till the end.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans of peace

and not of warfare, to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will hear you."

Jeremiah 29:11

Our sustainability is rooted in the plans and purposes God has for us. Nothing else can satisfy or come close to the goodness He has in store for us.

5. Jesus heals us.

"No ill befalls the righteous,

but the wicked are filled with trouble."

Proverbs 12:21

Some people might think this means we never get sick, but I don't think that's what God's referring to. Because the wages of sin are death, I think Solomon understood that as long as we entertain wickedness we will always be filled with trouble; whereas, if we walk in the righteousness of Christ, we will not worry about eternal troubles coming our way.

The important part of understanding Scripture is to keep an open mind that trusts the Lord and doesn't lean on its understanding when passages get difficult to understand.

6. Jesus is diligent with us.

"The hand of the diligent will rule,

while the slothful will be put to forced labor."

Proverbs 12:24

God hates laziness. He gave us this beautiful green earth to take care of and glorify Him through it all. Jesus didn't waste time while He was on the earth. He was patient and diligent. He didn't overwork, but He also knew the importance of showing up every day and being there for the people He served.

Scripture says He leaves the 99 for the 1 (Matthew 18:12-24). That's some diligence!

7. Jesus gives us good words (prophecy).

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,

but a good word makes him glad."

Proverbs 12:25

Even with all of our mess ups, sins, turning away, and mistakes, God continually pours hope into us. He may correct us, but even in His correction, He offers a way for us to unite with Him and instill purpose in us.

Pray that God will show you how He can sustain you, even in your mess-ups. David's story (Psalm 51) is a great reminder that even in our mistakes, God still sustains us with hope and prophecy.

8. Jesus gives us wealth.

"Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,

but the diligent man will get precious wealth."

Proverbs 12:27

Jesus is the one who provides our needs. He sustains us, not just financially, but through a life of joy. I like to think of Him as the diligent man in this Proverbs. We are slothful, He is diligent and helps us become diligent in everything we do.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will show you where you're being slothful and ways you can become more diligent so that you reap a precious harvest.

9. Jesus is life!

"In the path of righteousness is life,

and in its pathway, there is no death."

Proverbs 12:28

It's crazy to think we can sustain a life-giving life without Jesus. As we are at the beginning of Pride month, I can't help but wonder how many people are trying to find life in their gender, sexuality, and feelings. We even do this with our money, careers, people, and so much more. Yet nothing can supply life like the Presence of God.

Pray that we as a people (nation) would seek life through the path of righteousness. There is no death in this path and that is what we are searching for. Pray that those in the Pride community would come to revelation and experience the presence of God so that they can see that in the path of righteousness, Jesus is life and in that, there is no death.

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