Thursday, February 3, 2011

the strength God provides

We've all prayed that prayer: "Lord, give me strength."

Today I was reminded of the kind of strength He gives:

I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. (Eph. 3:15, Msg.)

We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. (Col. 1:11-12, Msg.)

Now that's a good kind of strength, isn't it?


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