I am strong to the end...
I Corinthians 1:8 He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jude 1:24,25 To Him Who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy--to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Pastor Jack Graham
January 30, 2014
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
“One illustration I like to use when describing the Spirit’s work in our lives is to set a glove on a table next to a Bible. Then I’ll tell the glove, ‘Go ahead and pick up that Bible.’ Of course, the glove can’t do that because it has no life. It doesn’t matter how passionate I am about telling that glove to open the Bible, it won’t do it. It’s helpless.
“But if I pick up that glove and put my hand it in, then the glove can do whatever my hand can do. The dexterity of my hand becomes the dexterity of that glove. The strength of my hand becomes the glove’s strength.
“Apart from the Spirit of God in our lives, we’re just like that glove, spiritually speaking. We don’t have the ability on our own to obey God. But when the Spirit comes into our lives, He’s like a hand in a glove. His strength and power becomes our strength and power!
“Many people try to live spiritually like a glove without a hand. They follow the latest self-help trend to make themselves better, but they are always left unsatisfied. Let God’s Spirit fill you like a hand in a glove and you’ll discover renewed spiritual strength!
“GIVE GOD CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE AND YOU’LL DISCOVER A RENEWED SENSE OF SPIRITUAL STRENGTH.”
Another point to be made is that it’s essential that you know WHOSE hand is in the glove! You don’t want it to be anyone’s but the HOLY spirit – not a deceiving spirit – not your flesh – but the Spirit of God. How will you know? You’ll know because it will only point you in the direction of truth as revealed in Scripture. That means you need to be in the Word – that’s where you’ll find truth – and wisdom – and peace – and strength! What a relief, right? YOU don’t have to keep yourself strong – HE will keep you strong as you learn to allow the Spirit to fill you and guide and direct you! I’m a really visual person, so I plan to pick up a pair of gloves at Goodwill and keep them with my Bible as a reminder that I need His presence in my life every minute of every day! Sharon
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