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Empowerment for Us Today

posted Apr 4, 2014, 1:28 PM by Allen Lundy   [ updated Mar 4, 2017, 4:57 AM by Antonio Lundy ]
“And of Asher he said, 'Most blessed of sons be Asher; let him be the favorite of his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil . Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days, so shall your strength be" Deut.33:24)

So much of life in modern society is based on ability. We look at athletes who can run, throw, tackle, flip, etc. and watch them for hours on television.  We apply for jobs where owners are looking  for someone who can do the tasks skillfully and efficiently.  But what is God looking for?  Our perfect example is the Lord Jesus Christ.  Here are some of His words:  "I can do nothing on my own..." (John 5:30).  He lived in a state of absolute dependence on His heavenly Father, at every moment of every day.  That is life as God intended it.  Paul learned this lesson when the Lord said to him, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" and Paul goes on to say, "Therefore I will boast... of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me... for the sake of Christ, I am content with weakness..." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). 

 Now, I've heard a lot of people brag and boast, but not many emphasize their inability!  So where does our strength come from?  The source of strength is God.  "His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those whose hope in his steadfast love" (Psalm 147:10-11).  So we can tap into the eternal, fresh spring of power when we turn our eyes and expectation on the living God.  Have people let you down?  He won't.  Has life left you wounded?  He will heal you.   Maybe our weaknesses and inabilities are designed to re-orient our focus on our savior.  Let's draw near to Him, and watch Him draw near to us.  He can do it a whole lot better than we can!"  Thanks Art for allowing God to use you as he does.   

Contributed by:  Minister Art Cuneo, GTC