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Are You A Crybaby Christian?

Susan loved Jesus with all her heart. She was faithful in church attendance, obedient to her parents, kind to others and excelled in school. But Susan had one very big problem that revealed itself by the constant use of two words in her conversation: "I can't."

Susan thought of herself as weak and inadequate. Whenever she was asked to do something, she'd reply, "I can't do it very well, but I'll try." She assumed that others were more capable than she, and always remained in the background. If she received a compliment, she'd reply, "It wasn't very good, but it was the best I could do."

As you can see, Susan had no problem admitting her weaknesses. It's just that she had no faith to expect God's power to more than make up for her deficiencies. She operated with an, "expect-nothing-and-you'll-get-it-everytime" mentality. She didn't really believe that God was her strength, and maybe never even noticed Joshua 1:9 — "Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and courageous; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

Are you a Christian crybaby? Have you played the "World is getting so wicked that all Christians can do is hibernate until heaven" tune on your fiddle? Did you give up on winning people to Jesus because the first one you talked to wasn't interested? Have you decided that you can't learn good Bible study habits, or stop overeating, or give up. smoking? Are you in a prison of fear or self-conscientious or depression that is so confining you feel you can't escape?

If you are, you're in the perfect place for the power of God! James tells us to count it all joy when we face trials, because they test our faith and teach us patience. Paul said he delighted in weakness, because in Christ he could get all the strength he needed. Gideon had a full-blown inferiority complex who was a scaredy cat, but he opened his heart to receive God's strength. He and his three hundred men defeated a huge army without firing a gun, shooting an arrow, or even touching an enemy soldier.

It's about time you stopped being a Christian crybaby and really started asking God for strength in every area of weakness. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13). This is more than a memory verse that nearly everyone can quote. Its truth is meant to touch you so deeply that crybaby change to canbaby!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward