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