The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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09/08/2008

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"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Phil. 4:13).

At the age of nine I was about to embark on my Little League Baseball career. A friend of mine talked to me about the best pitcher in the league.(he was very good....and fast) Anthony was absolutely petrified about the thought of standing in the batter's box against him. I, on the other hand, could not understand his fear.(I wasn't ever very smart, even back then) I will also admit that I had never read Phil. 4:13.

Have we ever been asked to do something that we thought was beyond our ability, and decided to give up before we even tried? Maybe its because we forgot...Forgot that we have a source of strength beyond ourselves that is all-sufficient...A God-given strength. Paul really had a handle on this when he wrote these famous words."I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Whatever it was, he could face the task knowing that he had the strength of Christ to call upon. Paul could face prison, endure mental and physical persecution, and even face an untimely death, because of the sufficiency of Christ. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul reveals to us that he had some sort of physical malady. A "thorn in the flesh." He tells us that he asked the Lord to remove it three times. "Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me."

Then came Jesus' answer. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." What a great statement! "My power is made perfect in weakness."

As the Lord says to Paul, My strength, your weakness, He says the same thing to you and me. It is not human strength that God chooses to use, but human weakness. God is ready to plug us in to His strength. Strength that is at our disposal; ready for anything; equal to everything!

"He gives strength to the weary and increases to power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40: 29-31).

As we wait and hope on Him, we can make an exchange....Our weakness for His strength...What a bargain...

Have a great start to your week...Let your light shine for Him Love mark Phil. 4:11

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