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God’s Great Power | guest post
S~ I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:19,20 (NLT)
O~ Paul is writing to this church and letting them know some of the things he is praying over them. He is also reminding them (we ALWAYS need to be reminded!) of God’s great power!
A~ I woke up today feeling defeated. The kind of ick that can keep me down for a couple of days. What am I doing? This trying to live for God thing, is it working? Why am I holding on so tightly to people and things that I have no control of? Where does God want me? What am I supposed to be doing for Him?
P~ God, please help me understand the incredible greatness of Your power that’s for me because I believe! Give me intimate knowledge of that same power that raised Jesus from the dead and set Him down at Your right hand! Thank You! In Jesus’ Name I pray
I Need Grace! |Kim Chipman
S~ But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
O~ v3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
A~ The first time I read through the readings for today I found myself searching for something to write about. I found my mind more in academic mode than heart mode. I decided I needed to walk away and revisit the reading later. I don’t want to just write about something. I want You to speak into my heart and life so I’m transformed.
As I went about my day quite honestly my people were really frustrating me. Irritable, demanding, selfish, ungrateful…that’s what I was seeing in them. I wasn’t feeling like I knew how to process it so it was time to sit down with You again and here’s the reminder for me today…
We ALL have the Spirit vs flesh battle raging within us – I’m the queen! Me and my mess are saved by grace – just like everyone else. The fact that I was getting so bent by everyone else should be a HUGE warning sign that I also am being irritable, demanding, selfish, and ungrateful. We ALL need grace. Inasmuch as I’m sitting here somehow superior just because in this particular millisecond I’m not a raging lunatic does NOT mean that I have anything at all “together”.
As I think thoughts about all the things my people need to change I really need to be looking in the mirror. I need grace. We ALL need grace. We ALL mess it up.
P~ Lord, help me to remember my need for Your grace and help me to liberally extend it. Help me to keep my thoughts like Your thoughts would be towards people. Help me to honor You in ALL things. I love You!
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