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Are you as strong as you think you are?

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I can do everything through him who gives me strength.      Philippians 4:13

This weekend we will be looking at Daniel 2. As you read this chapter it is obvious that the king’s advisers were very confident in their ability to solve Nebuchadnezzar’s problem. However when they were asked to interpret his dream they realized that they were not as capable as they thought they were, but that God  was more capable than they thought He was.

You become capable and strong through God’s strength. Paul talks about a weakness that he dealt with in his life saying that he asked God to help him with his problem. “Three times I did that, and then He told me, ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’ Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitation in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”      2 Corinthians 12:8-10-(The Message)

Now if we return and look once again at the verse that we began with that says, “I can do everything . . .” that doesn’t mean, ‘Now that I’m a follower of Jesus, I’m strong enough to do everything and anything for God.” If you were to be honest, your own life and testimony can attest to the fears and failures related to such thinking.

The strength of “I can do everything . . .” comes through God, who gives you the strength you need for each day. Your ability to “do everything” is completely dependent upon Jesus because your strength is dependent upon Jesus. It’s not a strength you work up to by accomplishing certain things in your life.

Strength comes from yielding. The thing that may be the most difficult accomplishment in your life is to yield your strength and life completely to God!  As you yield you receive power and    energy. “God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (The Message)

Receiving this power is linked to faith. You believe in faith that God is giving you His strength; and so, in faith you can act in confidence, knowing the strength is there: “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength” (2 Timothy 4:17)

I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend.

Blessings

Pastor Bill

P.S. Don’t forget that we begin our summer schedule this Sunday.

9:30 – Worship

11:00 – Sunday School