I hate it when I do this…
This morning I found myself focusing on what I don’t have.
I hate it when I do that.
I have been given so much. Yet it is in my human (sinful) nature to focus on what I don’t have, rather than to count my blessings.
Do you ever do that? Start thinking about an opportunity that hasn’t come your way, places you haven’t visited because you don’t have the money, a certain measure of success you haven’t yet attained, or a relationship or position in life you don’t yet have? And in the process you forget all that you do have?
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
You and I do have life to the full when we focus on what God has given us – gifts in the spiritual realm that can help us through the physical realm
So, for the next several weeks, I want to focus on God’s incredible gifts that God has given to you and me through His Son, Christ Jesus. Gifts you and I can tend to take advantage of, or forget altogether. But gifts, nonetheless, that will help us experience life to the full.
Today, let’s remember God’ s incredible gift of His power.
Scripture says “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control,” (2 Timothy 1:7). That means we have His Spirit to help us be bold when we would otherwise be timid, to help us love unconditionally when we otherwise could not, and to help us exert self-control.
And on days you and I feel especially weak, Second Corinthians 12:9 tells us that Christ’s power “is made perfect in weakness.”
Do you know why you and I tend to worry and stress? We forget God’s power. Do you know why we give up when we could otherwise succeed? We forget that He is capable. Do you know why we shrink back when we could be moving forward? We forget that He can do all things.
Why else would we start in with our “what ifs?”
What if I can’t get this done?
What if this bill is not something I can pay?
What if we can’t move beyond this?
Approach this day remembering you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). Tackle any project that comes your way knowing God is able to do through you what is beyond you. And remember all that you do have today because you have His power. It is there for the asking.