If you’re like most, your plate is full this week.
You’re well aware of the problems in our country, and this world, and worry is camped right outside your door.
You’ve got a list for your lists this Monday morning and your not even sure if you’ve got time to read this post. 😉
Here’s the deal, you cannot do what you’re called to do in your own strength. but there’s some help for you.
Somebody needs to hear that. Somebody needs to sit down and exhale.
There’s some hope and strength this Monday morning that the Apostle Paul wanted Timothy (and all of us to remember for days just like this).
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”(2Tim 2:1)
Again, let’s notice what Paul does NOT say— he does not say, “you are enough”, or “you got this”.
No! He says be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus!
HIS GRACE, the GRACE of Jesus Christ is sufficient for us.
As Paul writes these words of his last letter on earth, he has already written his famous letter to the church of Corinth where he said that God’s “grace is made perfect in our weakness”. (2 Cor 12:9-10)
In order to truly know God’s sufficiency, we have to come to the end of ourselves and realize our insufficiency.
Friend, it is absolutely nowhere in the Bible that says, God will not give us more than we can handle! Of course He does, because it is there that we will see His grace made perfect in our weakness.
Spurgeon said, “Great tribulation brings out the great strength of God. If you never feel inward conflicts and sinking of soul, you do not know much of the upholding power of God; but if you go down, down, into the depths of soul-anguish till the deep threatens to shut her mouth upon you, and then the Lord rides upon a cherub and does fly, yea, rides upon the wings of the wind and delivers your soul, and catches you away to the third heaven of delight, then you perceive the majesty of divine grace. Oh, there must be the weakness of man, felt, recognized, and mourned over, or else the strength of the Son of God will never be perfected in us.”
Just as we could not do for ourselves what Jesus did for us on the Cross, we cannot walk out our calling in this life without Him. We need to know this.
We also need to know, He will give us what we need in the VERY moment we need it. (Phil 4:19)
So, before you run ahead this Monday morning (or any morning for that matter) remember where your strength comes from!
In your stress, in your overwhelming feelings, in your need for wisdom and direction, call on the Lord!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean NOT on your own understanding. In ALL your ways, acknowledge Him (read the Word and pray) and watch Him make your path straight! (Prov 3:5-6)!
Oh friend, make time to seek Him in your life! You don’t have time not to!
He’s got you! He’s got what concerns you! Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus!
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