December 27, 2016
Every single day--in fact each moment, decision, and action--you are illustrating your dependence on something. You will either trust in man (including yourself), or you will choose in that moment to depend upon God.
The Psalmist in Psalm 146, gives us mental and spiritual ammunition as to why the latter is so superior. He tells us not to trust in ""mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to earth, in that very day His thoughts perish"" (Psalm 146:3-4).
THE VALUE OF FAITH IN GOD
But then he gives the stunning contrast between your ability and God's. It as if he holds us God as ""Exhibit A"" in the trial of faith to convince us of God's value ... to woo us to dependency upon Him. Notice the power and activity of our sufficient God, seen in the verbs.
5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;
9 The Lord protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
10 The Lord will reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!
DEPEND ON HIM TODAY!
Why would you walk in self-reliance a single moment longer? Why would you not look to the Lord today—crying out to Him in prayer, listening to His Word and His Spirit and letting Him lead you throughout the decisions of the day. Why would you not pray without ceasing today? Why would you not BELIEVE, and operate in the realm of the heavenlies, instead of going a second longer UNBELIEVING, groveling in mere humanistic experience?
He is the One who has created and sustains and empowers all who look to Him. And He will never fail and will always be there, reigning forever. Every action of today determines your faith. Surely He deserves your trust … and He deserves it now.
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February 26, 2020
February 24, 2020
We have our golden calves. Power, pleasure, materialism are three big ones. We bow before them, doing anything to get them. They become idols that we worship. Stone gods that we bow before. And God has the same reaction.
When will we learn? There is ONE GOD! There is only one who can deliver us. Only one from whom every good and perfect gift originates. One Creator of all that is, including the very cells of our bodies. One God we should look to and one God we should worship and serve.
February 22, 2020
Does God have a task for you to do? Most assuredly He does. Then He will put the calling, empowering, and skill necessary to accomplish His work in and through you. This sufficiency is true for the smallest, daily tasks and the greatest endeavors. You need not fear. Look to Him and all the sufficiency you need will be provided. You will be able to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
In this way, God’s miraculous work gets done and all the glory goes entirely to the One who equipped you for the task.