August 19, 2019
It’s Monday and that means it’s time for the weekly Hixon Blog. Let me just say that it has been a lot of fun doing this blog every week. We still have a few more to go and then I’ll be transitioning to a more Jamaica-themed blog but I want to say thanks for all of you who have humored me and read this each week. I know I haven’t always lived up to my goal of making it inspiring and enjoyable and profitable for the Kingdom but I have given it my best shot every week. I hope your Monday has started off in an amazing fashion!!
I want to dwell a little more on some thoughts from my sermon yesterday. I want to start with 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV) “That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
“God wanted to teach Paul to live "for Christ's sake." When Paul suffered some infirmity or weakness, it gave Christ the chance to infuse power into Paul and to overcome the weakness for Paul. Paul's infirmity gave Christ an opportunity to prove Himself. Therefore, Paul says that he took pleasure...
- "in infirmities": a general term meaning all kinds of sufferings and weaknesses, whether moral or physical. The power of Christ can overcome any weakness or temptation for the believer.
- "in reproaches": whether ridicule, insult, slander, rumor, or whatever.
- "in necessities": hardships, needs, deprivations, hunger, thirst, lack of shelter or clothing, or any other necessity.
- "in persecutions": verbal or physical attack, abuse, or injury.
- "in distresses": tight situations, perplexities, disturbances, anxious moments, inescapable problems and difficulties.
When the believer is weak, he is strongest. How? By the power of Christ. And the power of Christ is much stronger than all the combined forces of mankind.”
God has really been speaking to me about being able to find “delight” in those areas of my life which I would be tempted to call suffering. I am again reminded that my trust is found in no one else but him and He has promised to supply all my needs. All of us face affliction and suffering but how we handle that speaks volumes about our faith and trust in Him. Are you just angry that God has allowed this to happen to you? Do we question why God would even put us through something like this? We miss the point of His desire to grow us and for Him to be strong in the middle of our weakness. We fail to see that when we are weak His strength can then be revealed. How would we even know about How strong God is if we were never weak? How would the world around us ever see Him if we were always strong?
Most of you know about our journey to Jamaica and how excited we are and how passionate we feel about His call to go and minister there to those people and especially to the orphans of Jamaica. We are “all in” when it comes to what God has called us to do. We are 100% trusting Him but even as I type that I also realize that trusting Him is easier said than done. To what level do I trust Him? I can trust Him for small things but do I trust Him with everything? In this experience God has been growing me and stretching me and those of you at FBCWS will see some of that in my sermons series in September, but God is asking me to trust Him in ways I never imagined before. I will admit at times it is very hard. I see now that my level of trust has been very small. I have always trusted God but I never allowed Him to truly stretch me and to really see how great He is. As you know, starting in October, we will be stepping out in total trust on Him with no guaranteed income coming in. The last time that happened in my life I had my parents as my backup. Now it’s just God. That will stretch your faith and trust. There are other things coming as well but God is at work in my life to not rely on my own wisdom but to fully trust in Him. I try to figure it out and God reminds me that He is still in control. It is a journey He has me on. It is at times a gut-wrenching journey but one where I must allow Him to have the wheel and not try to take it back.
Over the next few weeks I will continue to share more about my own personal journey. But I also want to encourage you today to learn what it means to fully trust Him. I like this quote from yesterday’s sermon: “God can take your biggest mess and turn it into your signature message…your biggest test into your greatest testimony.” God has big things He wants to do in your life today if you will learn to trust Him. Will you begin that journey today?
I do want to say Happy Birthday today to my wonderful and amazing wife, Jennifer Ann Olsen Hixon!! We are also celebrating our 41st Wedding Anniversary this coming Thursday. God has indeed already blessed me in this life far beyond what I deserve!!
Last Word: I hope you will check out our Jamaica Promo video that Jennifer posted today on Facebook. Do us a favor and share our video with your Facebook friends and let people know about what He is doing in Jamaica!!
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?