Jesus is the power of God. We cannot rely on our own strength; it is through our weakness that we find the all sufficiency of His strength.
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God. The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace and as thy days, so shall thy strength be. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
We cannot, in our own strength, live the life God wants us to live. It is not only difficult, it is impossible. Salvation is of the Lord. We cannot save ourselves or keep ourselves from the power of sin. He is the one who lifts us out of the pit of despair and sets our feet on the rock of Jesus Christ.
The life God has for us is an exchanged life—we exchange our own way for His perfect will, our selfish plans for His holy purpose, our soiled garments for His robes of righteousness. We exchange our weakness for His strength, our fear for His power, our emptiness for His fullness.
It is when we become poor in spirit that we can become rich toward God. Because His arms are around us we can be assured that He will never leave us or release His hold upon our lives. What would be considered impossible for us becomes possible with God—we cannot not, but He can; we have not, but He possesses all things. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Lord, I know that if there is anything good that comes from my life it will be You doing it in me and through me. I thank You that You have the power to save me, and to keep me from falling. I believe You have me in Your hands, and will keep me close to Your heart.
I thank You that You are my Hope, my Fortress, and my Strength.
This post in part of a series called The Joy of Being Forgiven.
There are three main reasons for this series:
- To help those who are burdened by sin to enter into the joy of being forgiven.
- To remind those who have been forgiven to live each day in thankfulness for the gift of His forgiveness and the joy it has brought your heart.
- To provide for those who know the joy of being forgiven, a way for them to share the message of God’s forgiveness with others.
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