Strength & Courage

Everyday with God

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
2 Peter 1:2-3
'Noah didn't have the power to get all those animals into that ark, but the Lord provided what was necessary for it to happen.
Joseph didn't have the ability to preserve his life and put himself in a position of power in Egypt, but the Lord made it happen.
Moses didn't have what it takes to free the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, but the Lord empowered him to lead them to the Promised Land.
David had no personal power to overcome Goliath, but the Lord gave him courage and strength in the Valley of Elah.
The disciples had no means of feeding the hungry crowd that had gathered to hear Jesus, but he fed them well from a little boy's lunch.
Paul had no ability to preserve himself and those who were with him from shipwreck, but the Lord exercised his power so that none were lost.
You and I have no natural abilities to rise and do what God calls us to do, but he refuses to leave us to our own resources. He is not so unwise, unkind or unfaithful as to ever call us to a task without enabling us to do it. I am not able to love my wife the way Jesus loves the church, but I am not left by God to my own character and strength. I am not able to keep my heart pure, so God fills me with his empowering Spirit. You see, what 2 Peter 1:3 says is really true; we have been given everything we need for life and godliness. The God who calls us to a radical new way of living meets us with radical empowering grace. Have courage. Be active. Your Savior really is your strength.'*
Questions for reflection:
+ Think about a time in your life when you absolutely had no choice but to rely on God's strength.
+ Spend time thinking about where in your life now you must look to God for courage.
*New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.                                                        
365 devotional readings with a compelling gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. Focused less on behavior modification and more on helping people encounter the living God, this resource equips readers with the good news that they need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.
Available on Amazon and also in the NorthPoint bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-1-4335-4138-4

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