The Source of My Strength

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I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (LAB).

How long do I have to be plugged into God through a quiet time or prayer or reading a book to get the charge I need to go out and live for God?

But Jesus never said, “I am your power cord; you are the iPhone.” You don’t plug into God’s power like that. You abide like a branch in a tree. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 LAB) Notice the word remain. It’s constant, not sporadic.

A branch does not decide to be independent of the tree. It needs the life of the tree moment by moment. In a similar way, we were not created to live in our own strength, but in the strength of Christ. We cannot be independent of Christ and expect to flourish.

If Jesus Christ lives in us, we have the resource to conquer all things because there is nothing bigger or mightier than He is. Paul says “I can do everything through him who gives me the strength I need” (Philippians 4:13 LAB).

As he infuses his life, his power into you, you have what it takes to live your life as God intended.

What are you facing right now? Remember in Christ you have the resources to overcome that challenge.

Lord Jesus, I need you right now. Infuse your  strength into me. Thank you for taking over now.

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By Helen Lescheid
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God’s Peace

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While reading Psalm 116:12-19 this morning I was reminded again of God’s goodness and love to us.  My thoughts echo the psalmist’s and I pray that yours do too.

 

“How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains.

I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the LORD—in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD.”

My prayer for you: “Heavenly Father we love you. You heard our voice; you heard our cry for mercy. Because you turned your ear to us, we will call on you as long as we live. In Jesus name, amen.” Psalm 116:1,2

By Alec Niemi

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