Inadequate

So here you are, wondering, perhaps even worried, that you are inadequate for the task at hand.

You are. Embrace it.

The fact that your self-awareness perceives your own weakness, your lack, your utter need for more than what you have, for more than what you are…well, that’s a good thing. God can work with that.

You see, it’s the proud, the arrogant, the self-sufficient who fail to recognize their need for anyone else, for anything else apart from their own intellect or ability…and God resists the proud.

You weren’t created to be complete in yourself. You can’t be…it’s impossible:

“I (Jesus) am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

The good news is, that with Jesus, with God you can do whatever He wants you to do:

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

I want to leave you with the truth that the Apostle Paul came to embrace after undergoing multiple personal trials and attacks. In his desperation, weariness and need, he cried out to the Lord, asking God to deliver him from the circumstances he was experiencing. You see, the Lord had entrusted Paul with tremendous insight, discernment and spiritual gifts. Just the kind of things that can lead someone to forget that they are the recipient of gifts and not the creator of the gifts:

 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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“I will never be late…”

Sharing this encouraging word from The Passion Translation of the Bible:

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…
“You have asked Me, When will the waiting be over?”

Wisdom governs My timing and the changes of seasons. There are changes coming and they will come so swiftly you will be caught off guard, but rest in My wisdom. It is easy for you to miss My timing. You know a measure of My plan, but you must learn that My timing is different. I will tell you My plans, but the timing of these plans is in My hands. As pieces of a puzzle come together to frame a beautiful picture, so there are pieces yet that must come together before the unfolding of the fullness takes place.

I will never be late or fail to keep My promises. Why would you be impatient when you know that I hold all things in My hands, including the timing. My time clock moves in the rhythm of My love. So be sensitive to the wisdom of My timing and you will grow in the ways of eternity. Faith is never in a hurry and you will be thrilled beyond measure when you see what I accomplish in your life.

Hebrews 6:15 The Passion Translation

“Abraham waited patiently in faith and succeeded in seeing the promise fulfilled.”

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His Eyes Are Looking

“The LORD’s eyes keep on roaming throughout the earth, looking for those whose hearts completely belong to Him, so that He may strongly support them.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a

Does God have your heart? Is your hope completely in Him, to the point that you can say as Simon Peter did, “…Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that You are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-69)

If your hope is in God, take heart. The Lord not only desires to help you, He will show Himself strong on your behalf.

My prayer for you today is this:

Holy Father, You are the One we look to. You are the One we rely upon. Your words are truth & they are life.

We need you, Lord. We need your strength. Please renew our hope and trust where it is weakening. Please heal our wounded hearts, quiet our worried minds and give us peace down deep in our soul. Deliver us from everything that is seeking to steal, kill & destroy our purpose, our lives & our faith. Show us those places in our lives that need Your mercy and forgiveness; those times we have sinned against You and our fellow man. Give us the grace to forgive others as freely as You forgive us. 

Thank you for responding to the humble heart, the one that is lost without You and knows it. Thank you for loving us so much that you are watching, searching for those who cry out to you in their need; for those who are standing steadfast in their faith, because they know that you alone are the Faithful One, the Mighty One.

Thank you for never failing those who love You, for never forsaking** those who rely on You. We love you, Father. We love you Lord.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

** “…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]  Hebrews 13:5 b Amplified Bible

 

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Living By Faith

“Behold, his soul which is proud is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4

Another version of the well-known scripture above says:

“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. Habakkuk 2:4 New Living Translation

What does this mean? Simply put, the righteous person, the one who is justified and put in right-standing with God through belief in His Son Jesus– this person lives a life of faith and trust in God.

The Christian life is walked out daily, living in communion with Christ, with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. We seek His way, learning what pleases God as we allow our thoughts to be transformed by the truth found in God’s word.

This takes time. Our relationship with the Father, through Christ, is built through time spent with Him in prayer, studying God’s word and by asking the Holy Spirit to help us understand it.

We confess our sins when we commit them, fully trusting that God is faithful to forgive us each and every time.

And so, as we go on growing in Christ, we grow in faith, trusting that what God say’s is true, even when our eyes see evidence to the contrary:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

God is faithful to His promises. He is faithful…period. Trust Him and experience the peace and freedom that comes from of life well-lived in faith.

Blessings ❤

 

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