Saturday, February 16, 2013

Thanking God On The Sidelines

Today Sarah writes about those times when for one reason or another the things you have grown used to are changed and you are sidelined for a while. Our God cares about those sitting on the bench, and even there He is working and enabling to do His work. It is not because we are in the center of the game that God is glorified, it is how His light shines through us regardless of our physical condition or position as we keep our eyes on Him and trust in His unlimited strength and power. It is during those sideline times that we often see His love shown through others.

Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (2/16)

Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest works in My kingdom have been done from sick beds and prison cells. Instead of resenting the limitations of the weakened body, search for My way in the midst of these very circumstances. Limitations can be liberating when your strongest desire is living close to Me.

Quietness and trust enhance your awareness of My Presence with you. Do not despise these simple ways of serving Me. Although you feel cut off from the activity of the world, your quiet trust makes a powerful statement in spiritual realms. My Strength and Power show themselves most effective in weakness.

“Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.” Zechariah 2:13

This is what the sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “in repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust the your strength, but you would have none of it.” Isaiah 30:15

But He said to me, my grace (my favor and loving kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weakness and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! 2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP) 

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