THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with wisdom and eloquence, lest
the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”
1 Corinthians 1:17
There is a power available to us, a power far greater than we have ever imagined.
When Christ died on the cross and rose again we were delivered.
We no longer had to rely on our own strength. We were empowered by what happened on the
But let me tell you, I am convicted reading this because I don’t think I have been using this power enough.
I try at times to use my own strength, to get the focus on me but that’s not what Christ intended.
He is my strength, He is the reason I can do stuff.
The men and women of old did mighty acts not because they were amazing on their own but because
they accessed the power of YAH. They were very clear about who the “power” was.
I look now at my life and see a severe deficiency. I am not using the power of Christ to its limit.
When I teach I could be relying on the the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and use me more. I don’t ever want to
be okay with using my own eloquence, wit, cleverness and many other things to get by.
There is only one thing that touches and changes the heart of a man/woman and that is the Spirit of God.
I am just a vessel, not the power!
And here lies the problem, whenever I think I am the power and not the vessel I empty the Cross of Christ
of its power. When I stand in front of the kids I teach on Sunday or wave a flag for worship and think “it’s me”
I empty the Cross of Christ of its power.
The Lord wants to use us to do some incredible things but they can only be done when we lean on His
power, His ability, His strength.
We are called to minister in His power and not our own. I hope you have been challenged by the
word you have read today. To touch people, to do what Christ has called us to do we need His power.
We can’t do it on our own steam.
Bless you friends……
I have come to a realization! What I thought God had planned for me is not what God has for me!! I have been holding on to something I thought was from God but really originated from my own mind! This week I surrendered that plan to God which means I don’t know what God has for me in the next season of my life! I have nothing to fall back on. It’s all or nothing! It’s crazy because I felt secure because I had a plan. I was confident and had no fear. But everything has changed. It has all changed because of something a friend said to me a few days ago:
“The best position your heart can be in, is where you don’t know what to do!”
At first I was like, what????? But upon further meditation I realised how deep that statement was. It is in that position that we get on our knees and seek the Lord for answers and clarity!
It is in those times of “I don’t know” that God shows up!
We grow the most in those times because we are desperate for answers and direction.
“Desperation is a native language in heaven”……,.
The best example that comes to mind is found in 1 Samuel 1. We are introduced to a women named Hannah. She didn’t know what to do. The Lord had not given her a child and she was being ridiculed by her husband’s second wife Peninnah. How hard it must of being. Her pain drove her to tears constantly! What was she thinking? Did she have it altogether? I don’t think so. But in the midst of her pain, in the midst of “I don’t know” she sought the Lord and the Lord heard her!
The best position your heart can be in, is where you don’t know what to do!
If you know everything why would you need God???
If everything made sense all the time would you really need God???
If God showed you everything He had planned for you and I mean everything would you still seek Him???
I realised something, not knowing is not a bad thing. In fact if we are to grow in God we need MORE of those times! I am now in a place where I don’t know what to do or where my life is going but I know God is good and that is what matters. I trust Him to guide me! Even though I don’t know, He knows!
If you are confused about some things in your life, if you have no idea what the answer is to what you are going through then turn to Him! He allows us to have those times so we can seek Him and get deeper into Him! He is so good……..
P.S Please pray for me as I will be traveling to Botswana tomorrow! I will be in Gabarone for a music tour with my church. We will be there for about five days. I truly believe God wants to show me something new and everytime I travel is an opportunity to see. So I want to see what He wants me to see. This is a time to get refreshed in His presence because I will be in a different place! Please pray I have a safe journey. And pray I will be impacted by being in Botswana! I would really appreciate your prayers!
I have been going through a testing time this couple of weeks. The year started off well and it seemed like it was going to carry on like that but it didn’t. Things happened and everything is different now. I have some major life changing decisions I have to make. In fact as I look back in my life I see all the hard times I have been through. There were times when there seemed like there was no answer. I had nothing. No plan B, nothing but God! He was all I had and He came through. A few years ago our economy crashed. Food became scarce, inflation sky rocketed, people didn’t know what to do. Imagine going to the supermarket and finding nothing on the shelves! Imagine going to a coffee shop but finding out they didn’t have flour to bake anything? Everything came to a standstill. The average person’s job was to find any place that was selling any kind of food. People had money but couldn’t buy anything! Those were really testing times!!
But even in those very testing times God came through!!! He was there for me. He provided for me and cared for me.
Then there was the time when I had no job. I had no income what so ever and until today I don’t know how I survived. God helped me!
With all that said, why does God allow us to go through hard times and suffering? You may be going through some hard times and wondering the same thing. Well, let us look at the word for the answer.
We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally – not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead. And He did it, rescued us from certain doom. And He’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Did you see that? Paul was going through some really trying times even to a point where he thought he was not going to make it. It felt like he was on death row! But as he was going through all that something happened. He saw something! He realized he was supposed to trust God and not in himself. He came to a realization that he was not the answer to his problem, God was!
Is this why God allows us to go through hard times and suffering, so we can trust Him? Does He want us to realize, He is the only One who can save us?
God does not want us relying on our own strength because it’s not enough and because there is only one God and one Savior. Our strength is not strength at all. We are not strong and wise and perfect. We need God.
What is the “take home”then?
God allows us to go through pain and suffering because He wants to show Himself strong. He wants us to come to the realization that our strength is not enough. He does not want us trusting in our own ability! Instead, He wants us to look to Him and trust Him….. God bless