Philippians 4:13-- I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Romans 8:38,39--For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It looked impossible. How could a little church of fifty build a sanctuary and lease the commercial space necessary for classrooms an office, bathrooms plus the large meeting room for worship? But they trusted God and did it!
Jeff was exhausted. He’d poured out his heart before God into people but he felt like there was no strength to continue. How could he face the people tomorrow if he couldn’t face himself today? But he asked God for strength and he pressed onward!
Sally’s children were running her into a place of despair. Their nonstop energy and knack for finding trouble left her feeling like the twenty-year old sweater hanging on the door. “Oh God! I can’t raise these kids they’re too much to handle!” But she recognized that such thinking was defeatist and instead asked God for patience. He gave it to her!
There’s a saying we call a truism—“People who say can't—don't!” Are you feeling discouraged or defeated? Do you feel like God perhaps asks too much of you? The solution is not to say “I can’t.” You can! Jesus already promised to provide the strength as long as your work is through Him. The little engine could say, “I think I can, I think I can!” Praise God, I can say, “I know I can, I know I can!” In Christ nothing is impossible. The question is, am I “in Christ!”
When a saint puts his or her confidence in the election of God, no tribulation or affliction can ever touch that confidence.—Oswald Chambers in Christian Disciplines
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)