Friends, do you remember the Saturday Night Live Skit, “Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley?” 📺 Airing in February of 1991, Al Franken’s character would calmly sit in front of a mirror, put on an optimistic grin, and declare bold words of encouragement to his reflection:
The crowd would erupt with laughter… even my friends and I thought it was hilarious! But you know, it isn’t too far removed from what most of us do…each and every day. So very often, we open our sleepy eyes in the morning and are struck by a wave of hopeful outcomes: “Today I will be a thoughtful wife, a patient mom, an attentive friend, an exceptional co-worker…” The list goes on and on. We white-knuckle our caffeinated beverages, locate the perfect song for encouragement, check-in on social media once again, and then visit the mirror for one… last… look. (Sigh) “Am I enough?” Ya’ll, I’ve lived this way…and it is utterly exhausting. Can you relate as well? There have been days when I would open my driver’s side door, set my feet on the ground, and exhale a weary sigh from deep-down in my soul (Ps 63:1). Looking through those “me-centric” glasses 👓 only leaves me discouraged and depleted.
“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” – Elisabeth Elliot
Friends, it truly is Grace alone that turns our focus upward. The voice that says, “Come to Me” (Matthew 11:28-29) faithfully reminds that only He is able to carry the yoke of being “Enough.” The love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control Jesus provides is abuncdantly sufficient beyond what we could both “ask or imagine,”… both in us and through us…for every circumstance. And by God’s design, it’s with our brothers and sisters in Christ where we lovingly…with loads of prayer, tears, and encouragement…point one another back to the Vine. Dietrich Bonhoeffer defined community in this way: “Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this.” Sisters, in order to love well, we need the Author of Love. To locate needed rest- we need Peace, Himself. (Ephesians 2:14) To glean wisdom, we readily set our minds on things above; and to find strength, we depend upon the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-11). Simply stated, we need Jesus.
My Grace is sufficient for you.-2 Corinthians 12:9
In prayer we can leave every ounce of self-reliance in His Hands. We can wholeheartedly trust that Jesus will be abundantly sufficient in and through every need, every sorrow, and every hardship. Oswald Chambers once said in his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, “Complete weakness and dependence will always be the occasion for the Spirit of God to manifest His power.” The comfort Jesus gives will strengthen and encourage your souls in ways that nothing else can. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”(Psalm 73:26) For it’s not self-confidence that will save, but confidence in Christ alone. ♥️ Go to Jesus in Prayer…Lean into His rest…And trust His heart in all that comes. (Matthew 11:28-29; James 1:22; Proverbs 3:5-7). In His Strength, and for His Glory.
How much of your lfe is defined by what Jesus said and how much is defined by culture?Paul Washer
By the way… this message is for me, too. ☺️
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Luke 22:42 “Not My will, but Yours be done.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 God has shown me amazing and wonderful things. People should not think more of me because of it. So I wouldn’t become proud of myself, I was given a problem. This problem caused pain in my body. It is a messenger from Satan to make me suffer. Three times I begged the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I am very happy to brag about how weak I am. Then Christ’s power can rest on me. Because of how I suffered for Christ, I’m glad that I am weak. I am glad in hard times. I am glad when people say mean things about me. I am glad when things are difficult. And I am glad when people make me suffer. When I am weak, I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,…”
Proverbs 3:26 “for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”
Psalm 16:5 “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-6 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.”
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
1 Peter 5:9-10 “Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 16:1-2,9 “Preserve me, O God, for in you I itake refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You…You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Job 13:15 Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him; I will surely defend my ways to His face.
Daniel 3:17-18 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
1 John 2:16-17 For everything that is in the world—the desire for fleshly gratification, the desire for possessions, and worldly arrogance—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world and its desires are fading away, but the person who does God’s will remains forever.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.
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“The heart of genuine worship is the working out in every aspect of our lives the confession ‘Jesus is Lord.’”—D.A. Carson