Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blessings and Thanksgiving

Psalm 95:2 - "Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song." (NIV)

This Thanksgiving season may we come before Him with grateful hearts, praising Him and thanking Him for our many blessings.

What a great time to begin a gratitude/blessing list if you have not already.  As you go through your day, begin writing down your blessings which may range from Jesus and salvation to birds in your feeder.  Count your many blessings and you will be blessed.  Your focus will be on Him and not on self.  You will "extol Him" when you come into His presence with thanksgiving for your blessings.

May we come to the point that Habakkuk wrote about in Habakkuk 3:17-18.  "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, thought the olive crop fails . . . . . . . yet, I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior."

Lord, give us grateful hearts.  May we see our many blessings and come before you with thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I am Weak, but He is Strong

I have been pondering something I read recently in my time with the Lord.  In the devotional book Jesus Calling, it states that He chose me less for my strength than He did my weakness because my weakness amplifies my need for Him.  How very true!  I just had not thought very much about God actually choosing me more for my weakness than my strength - actually, I really do know I have no strength apart from Him.

1 Corinthians 1:27 says, "God chose the weak things of the world."." (my emphasis)  In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about asking God to remove his "thorn in the flesh," but God told him, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (verse 9)

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:10, "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong."

I sometimes feel so weak, so powerless.  How good it is to be reminded that God chose the weak things (that's me and maybe that's you).  When I am weak, my need for Him is so evident.  I want to say with Paul, "I delight in weaknessess.  For when I am weak, then I am strong."

How can that be?  My weaknesses cause me to turn to the Almighty, the All-Powerful for my strength.  God can use me when I recognize my weakness and rely on His Strength.  I truly am nothing, no-thing without Him.  But, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.