Friday, February 26, 2016

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? I know a lot of Christ followers who seem to be weary and worn out, lacking power for daily living. After observation and council, I’ve discovered that most of them are trying to live out Christ in their own strength. Listen, if you are trying to live a godly life on your power alone, forget it, it can’t be done. You need to “plug in” to the ultimate power supply, God, Himself.

On a recent vacation in Maui, I woke up early and thought I’d make a piece of toast, sit on the lanai, and read Scripture. I saw the toaster on the counter, dropped the bread in, pushed the lever down to drop the bread, and waited, and waited, and waited. Nothing happened. Then I saw the problem, the toaster wasn’t plugged in; it had no power. 

Listen to, and be encouraged by, the prophet Isaiah: “He [God] gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless” [Isaiah 40:29 NLT, 2nd Edition].

If you will ever “do all things through Christ who strengthens me [Philippians 4:13], you really need God’s power in more ways than you realize. I’m not referring to self-help power, grit-your-teeth-and-do-it-yourself power. No! I’m talking about supernatural power that only comes from God. 

When you are plugged into God’s power, you can handle stress when you are under pressure. You can make it through a financial meltdown. You can work through your bitterness and forgive. You can manage your health crisis. You can handle broken relationships. 

That kind of power comes from God, when you believe — put your full trust and confidence — in Jesus Christ.

By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3

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