His Strength, His Glory

When you wake tomorrow morning (even before you get your coffee),☕️ pause for a moment…take a breath…and then ask yourself one question:  Am I focusing on my grip on Christ or Jesus’s grip on me? 

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which’s God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
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Eph 2:10

Sisters, Ephesians 2 shares that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:10). Did you see those words?! His workmanship. Created by God. In Christ Jesus!  We need to rest in the gifted reality of those powerful words. Our Father in Heaven has GOOD works planned for us in Christ (Eph 2:10, 2 Corinthians 9:8).  He didn’t say easy, predictable, or painless but He did say, “good.” So often we take the word, “work,” and put a self-reliant spin upon it. God defines “work”  in John 6:29, as believing in His Son (trusting in Jesus).   What does trusting in Jesus look like?   Simply stated, trusting the Son of God is resting in His grip on us- “Not my will but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) Therefore, knowing that every detail is in His care, we can and should place our complete confidence in Him alone.  

“And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.””‬ ‭

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:30-31

Let’s define “Laborious.” When we lean into self-reliance, our eyes are not upon Jesus but fixed upon “the self.”  By focusing upon our own efforts, we fail to see His presence in the details, and our striving becomes the object of our praise.  Most certainly a source of arrogance and self-righteousness,…that ultimately brings fatigue and worry. The self is a demanding task-master…prone to fear, frail in strength, and limited in foresight. Being “enough” is a heavy burden that we are not able to carry… and are not meant to carry. Only Jesus can be sufficient for every need that arises. The cross is the supreme example. (1 Cor 1:18)

The Lord continues to empty us in order to teach us to lay aside all self-reliance, that we may cling to Christ alone.

Paul Washer

What is your focus today? Your grip = laborious? Or, Christ’s finished work upon the Cross = Glorious? Take a breath and be still. Remember that He is God and that you are not. (Psalm 46:10) Seek to give Him the glory and praise for all that He has done, is doing, and will do. The same hands that felt excruciating pain upon the cross, are the same ones at work in you today. Jesus is faithfully in control of all that comes your way, and knows what He is doing. Rest in His Glorious Strength alone. (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; Eph 3:21) He’s got you! ♥️

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Phi 1:6

Much Love in Him,

Meridith 

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