Gems 2015 — July 12 Scripture Selection: Psalm 71-72

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

July 12 Scripture Selection: Psalm 71-72

Food for Thought: Ps. 71:16

We all would like to think of ourselves as strong, but truth be told, our own strength is not sufficient for facing the challenges of this world. The good news is that we do not have to! We have at our disposal the strength of the Lord which is more than enough for any situation.

The first thing to remember is that as believers, we are not at all distant from the Lord. He dwells within us by His Spirit (John 17:23; Gal. 2:20; I John 4:4). We do not need to call out to Him in heaven in hopes that He hear us and come off of His throne to help times of need. He truly is with us and in us. So it stands to reason that we have access to His power in us to function through us, His Body.

As evidence of this power, II Corinthians 4:7 says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” According to Colossians 1:11, we are “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power,” and, therefore, we can “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Eph. 6:10).” Now we have absolutely no reason to ever feel weak. As long as our attention is on Him and His Word, we have His power strengthening us and enabling us to deal with any and every circumstance because there is nothing that can withstand God’s power.

What confidence is produced as we receive this truth by faith! The apostle Paul experienced it and prayed for the fellow believers to grasp it, as well, when he prayed in Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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