Real strength

June 8, 2016

“Gideon said to him, Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter. God said to him, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.” Judges 6:15-16 Message

The task was too big. Gideon knew his place. He wasn’t someone of influence or power. But God had picked him and armed him with faith: “I’ll be with you.” The great enemy of faith isn’t not believing. It’s mixing faith with anything that helps you manage life .. minimize conflicts .. and just blend in with the world around you. The temptation is always there to add something to God’s word .. God’s assurance .. and God’s promise. The Apostle Paul just wanted the Lord to take away his weakness. After all, it would help hm be more effective .. a better servant .. and not be distracted by his struggle. It seemed like a reasonable ask. But God gave him the gift of faith: grace to face tomorrow .. and grace to live today. The Lord had the same word to both men: “I’ll be with you .. Believe me.” Gideon had a fleece. Paul had a cross. And you have a cross behind you and before you. It’s God’s word to you: I’ll be with you. Grace is God’s gift for you to let Christ move in and take over. You don’t have to focus on you. That’s what Jesus does: He focuses on his life living in and through you. Grace for tomorrow .. Grace for living today .. in Christ. It only takes a moment …

“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to grace-gripped followers of Jesus. (Kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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One Response to Real strength

  1. Steven Sawyer says:

    Another great, thought-provoking word, Ken. One you will likely see on FHG soon. Thank you for sharing.

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