Scripture - 2 Cor. 12:9,
I was just thinking... If the is to be any degree of success, we must have a sense of weakness about our personal calling. There should be an attitude of humility. Whenever a task is begun with too much self-confidence (leaning to our own understanding) there may be problems. When we boast about conquering and obtaining, victory, defeat is certain. Our Lord does not honor believers when we march under our own banners of power. We have been warned and informed, “not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord of Host” (Zechariah 4:6).
It is imperative that we serve God—His way and in His strength; or our service will be in vain and our works will burn up. Whatever we do on our own without the aid of the Holy Spirit is an “I” ministry and will not last. If we are to receive courage when we are weak, we first must be willing to become empty vessels. Are you mourning over your weaknesses? Take courage! We must be made conscious of our weaknesses before our Lord gives us the victory.
Our emptiness is the preparation for being filled with God’s strength. Being down cast is merely the making ready for the lifting up! For we know the strength of the power that is within us. Yes, “we are troubled on ever side, yet not distressed, perplexed but not in despair; persecuted yet not forsaken, cast down but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:7-9).
Remember that we walk by faith and not by sight. Thank you, Father!
Tell somebody about Jesus today. Pray for all Pastors. Remember, we are one at the throne (1 Thess. 5:17).
— Sister Catherine Raphael
Scripture Psalm 85:8,
THOSE WHO CONSIDER GOD DISTANT may be surprised to know He wants a personal relationship with us and communicates to everyone, even those who deny His existence. But because He’s not speaking audibly, many people—including some believers—are unaware He’s so relational.
For those willing to hear, God’s “voice” can be discerned through a variety of sources. The most obvious is the Bible, but He can also call to us through the spoken or written words of other Christians. And at times He speaks through circumstances and the wonders of creation (Rom. 1:20). I’m sure every one of us would be amazed if we knew all the ways our loving Father tries to get our attention.
When God calls, He speaks into our heart and mind through the Holy Spirit. In this way, He communicates specifically to each of His children. That’s why two people can hear the same sermon or verse and receive different applications. But various hindrances can interfere with our Father’s messages to us. So, beware of busyness: When life is full and noisy, God’s quiet voice is nearly undetectable.
Set aside time today to really listen for Him—through Scripture, prayer, and circumstances. When you hear from Him, respond in gratitude for His loving involvement in your life.
—Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries
This Month's Scripture
Remodeling is a way of transforming and updating a house or place of business in order to make it more appealing, efficient, or useful. Usually, it involves a redesign on the inside of a building, but it can also include the outside of the property.
Those who have been through the process of remodeling know how extensive and upsetting it can be. Even in the best of circumstances, workers will still create dust and chaos. Yet, in order to enjoy something old being made new, you have to go through the process of remodeling. The same is true when you view God's plan for your life.
There are times in the life of every believer when he or she will go through a time of remodeling. It is a time when God is updating our life by stripping away old thoughts and habits and replacing them with His truths and principles. Instead of calling it remodeling, we call the process brokenness.
Just like the beginning phases of a construction program, it may be hard to imagine a beautiful outcome - especially when things have been torn apart. Sheetrock is missing, and tools are scattered from one end of your home to the other. However, before we can do the same, we have to be willing to allow God to give us spiritual eyes to see life from His perspective. After all, He is the One who holds the blueprints to our lives. Paul knew that there were many glorious benefits to the times he faced suffering. The greatest was his testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. No matter what befell him, Paul continued to trust in the One who had saved him and was in charge of his life. Have you come to a time of brokenness? If so, let God remodel your life, and you will be amazed at the outcome.