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Strengthen Yourself in the Lord

Kristene DiMarco

0:31:24 · Lifestyle

Kristene DiMarco shares her journey of coming face to face with her limitations, to learning how to cry out to God and tap into His limitlessness.

Facing Our Limitations

  • There isn’t something more devastating than to come to the realization that we aren’t enough, and that our limitations are standing in the way of what we are called to do. We somehow have to tap into the strength of something that is bigger than us. “Instead of cowering away from limitations, we are defined by whether we quit or cry out.”
  • There’s nothing better than coming face to face with your need for God.
  • When I get discouraged now, it’s usually because I’m looking at my limitations and not His limitlessness. I have to take a few minutes and just remember.
  • Since Kristene was little she had a need to be seen as tough and noble. When she joined the cross country team she got discouraged because another girl ran faster than her. When she reached her limitations she looked for a way out while still saving face.

Don’t Quit, Cry Out

  • “Something God given inside of us knows we are built for greatness that outdoes these boundaries of our human capacity. If you have said yes to Jesus, get ready to have your limitations blown.”
  • “In my earthly strength I just don’t have what it takes, and if I rely completely on my own strength, I’m always going to compare myself with someone else.”
  • “When I hit my limitations and cry out instead of quit, then I’m going to tap into who I was destined and created to be, that no one else on earth can be.”
  • God’s invitation to greatness, nobility, and strength is an internal one and eternal one. No one will know if you are actually operating in the way God intends for me to operate. 
  • Nobody will know if you haven’t let God take over or if He has made you great. 
  • I could feel that discomfort, the war to leave behind the reality of my limits, and believe in the limitlessness that dwells inside of me through Christ. Because the relinquishing of control and the need to hold myself together. It causes me to put myself at the feet of Jesus.

Submit and Trust

  • James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
  • Kristene was constantly resisting the devil. We are so accustomed to resisting the devil that we miss the first part of that verse that says “Submit to God.” God wants to show us that He is powerful, and He is trustworthy. Because He knows that trusting in Him is what makes us strong. It’s trusting that when I reach that edge of my limitations, He’s going to show up. “We are only as strong as where our trust lies, and to the degree that my trust can be shaken is the degree that I will be shaken.” 
  • Trusting without surrendering the need of information, that’s not trust, that’s a contract. 
  • “God needs you to believe that He has what it takes to make a warrior out of you. But you are for His making, not your own. He put us in a position to be able to fulfill something that’s important to Him.”

Don’t Shrink Back

  • Hebrews 10:39 “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” 
  • God told Kristene “You are not one who shrinks back.”
  • “God put in you the desire to be strong but it was meant to bring you to your limitations so you could cry out not to quit.” 
  • God spoke to Kristene on stage one and said, “Stop questioning who you are, believe you are as important you hope you are, and that I am as close as you hope I am.”
  • “Self doubt is out to destroy you. Self doubt means you’re in control of yourself and of what you believe, and take in about yourself. We give the devil way too much credit, but it’s up to us about what we choose to take in and believe.”

Prayer: “Hope is the fight inside of our souls when we feel like we want to quit.”