Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I resolve to..........(part 2)

Picking up from yesterday's post:
I know that I can do nothing on my own.....but:

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

What part of that verse stands out the most to you?
To me it's "ALL THINGS". It doesn't give a short list of things we can accomplish through Christ....no, rather than just give us a limited list of things.....God says "ALL THINGS".....I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST BECAUSE HE IS WHERE MY STRENGTH COMES FROM IN THE FIRST PLACE
(that's Nana's version!!!)

How does that make you feel??? Haven't you read that verse of scripture time and time again???? Does that ever happen to you, like it does me? You read something and you just sorta skip right on over it, then you realize what it truly is saying...and that it's speaking directly to YOU, not just the general public???? Am I the only one who is that naive???? Hello....anybody out there???? Can I get an AMEN????? I am actually getting excited as I type this....let's break this down:

(that means all of us...you and me)
(I'm reminded of the saying "can't never did do anything")
(oh, this is getting good....ALL THINGS....not just some things or just a few things....ALL THINGS!!!!!)
(not on our own....not of our own power...not just because we might have a little "will power"....but THROUGH CHRIST)
(Who gives me strength....Who makes me strong....Who is my power....Who is my Healer....my Redeemer....my Savior)
I hope you're getting as excited as I am....oh, I could almost shout!!!
Only God could bring me from the stress I felt last week....to the joy I'm feeling today. Only God could do that...but God:
Psalm 73:26 (NLT)

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.

"God remains the strength of my heart".....sometimes my head might feel one thing...might be thinking of all the challenges that life throws my way....but my heart....my heart....Jesus is in my heart....remember the song we sang when we were little kids:
I've got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart.
Down in my heart?
Down in my heart?
I've got the
Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart.
Down in my heart to stay!!!

Know why I capitalized "Joy"?!?!......
because the Joy that is in my heart is JESUS!!!!

Nothing....absolutely NOTHING....can separate me from Him:
Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hallelujah...and AMEN!!!

(tomorrow....we'll talk about specific "New Year's Resolutions"!!!)

In His Love...and with mine!!!

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