Those who stumbled: 1 Samuel 2.4 VOTD

“The bows of warriors are shattered, but those who stumbled have taken on strength.”

1 Samuel 2.4

Ana’s song of praise celebrates the God who causes the reversal of fortunes. Some think she appropriated an early, already existing song to her situation. She thanks God and acknowledges his grace.

God gives the advantage to the disadvantaged. How does this perspective affect our faith and work?

#strength #power #VOTD

As instructed: 2 Kings 5.14 VOTD

“So he went down and dipped in the Jordan seven times, as the prophet had instructed. His skin became as smooth as a young child’s and he was healed.”

2 Kings 5.14

Naaman, the Syrian army commander, first balked at the prophet Elias’s command. Only when he decided to obey was he healed of his disease.

Just as there is power in prayer for the Christian because God answers, there is power in obedience for the sinner because God forgives. When at some moment of obedience in your life did you see God’s power?

#obedience #power #VOTD

Lack power: Isaiah 40.28-29 VOTD

“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is an eternal God,
the Creator of the whole earth.
He does not get tired or weary;
there is no limit to his wisdom.
He gives strength to those who are tired;
to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy.”

Isaiah 40.28-29

Israel told herself that God was not concerned with her problems, v. 27. Repeatedly, Isaiah told the people that the problem was not with God, but with her sins, Isa 59.1-8.

“Believers cannot win the battle by themselves. They need the power of God, Ephesians 3:16; 6:10. His power becomes our strength when we trust in Him, II Corinthians 12:9. Faith is like an extension cord. When plugged into God, divine strength flows into human beings. The key is being plugged in, Ephesians 1:18-21; 3:20; Colossians 1:29. But, when we are firmly jointed to Him, we become more than conquerors through Him who loved us, Romans 8:35,37-39.” —Ed Mathews, “Plow New Ground”

#power #strength #VOTD

VOTD: Zechariah 10.12 ‘I will strengthen’

“‘Thus I will strengthen them by my power, and they will walk about in my name,’ says the Lord.”

Zechariah 10.12

The world’s superpowers would fall, but the Lord promised to strengthen his people.

How does God’s strength overcome today’s opposition?

#VOTD #power #name

VOTD: Proverbs 8.14

“Counsel and sound wisdom belong to me;
I possess understanding and might.”

Proverbs 8.14

They say knowledge is power; God’s wisdom contains both.

How does Solomon say this wisdom is obtained?

#power, #votd, #wisdom

The most exciting find of all (and it’s not bacon)

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There must have been no greater exclamation among the Jews of the first century than that which Andrew declared to his brother Simon and what Philip told his friend Nathaniel: “We have found the Messiah!” Jn 1.41, 45. One can feel the excitement in those words. The NET Bible rightly ends it with an exclamation point. Continue reading

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The ease of obedience

The commandment of Christ appears to be difficult when we consider it from a human point of view. The natural man feels repulsion at selfless service. The unregenerate person finds the will of God a hard thing to do. Those who fulfill their own desires, even if they wear the name of Christ, respond only with great effort to bearing his cross. Continue reading

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