She looks even better than the last time we talked, almost a year ago. Yet in those intervening months, doctors found a disease ravaging her body. There is no stopping it, she was told, and it will take her life.
“When they told me what was wrong with me,” she says to me now, “all I could think was, What am I going to do? What am I going to do? I knew I’d have to make all kinds of decisions, and I just didn’t know how I was going to go through this.
“So I just prayed and prayed and prayed. And one day — it was just as though someone was talking to me — God said everything would be all right. And I quit worrying.”
She goes on to tell me about mountains that have loomed up along the way that God has shrunk to little piles of dirt in her path. I listen to her stories and think that here is a jar of clay, very fragile clay, who has the all-surpassing power of God shining through.
She is positively shining with strength and peace.
I pray that from his glorious unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
I want to draw on His unlimited resources and strength every day. I want His Spirit to empower me not only when I feel overwhelmed by circumstances or schedule, but also when I am so weak and so unable to live the life Jesus wants me to live — when I would rather hold on to bitterness than forgive, when I am too selfish to live love, when people are so annoying that I lose sight of how much God loves them, when I’m tempted to think any situation is hopeless … then I need the power of His resources.
And how amazing that we have this treasure in our jars of clay! His Spirit living in us. We, who are dust, are the dwelling place of the Lord of the universe, who has unlimited resources and empowers us with His strength!
Live today in the riches of His resources.
Scripture: from Ephesians 3:16 (NLT)
These thoughts just for me today!
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