Thursday, April 13, 2017

Comfort from God in Our Distress

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Our perfect, Heavenly Father not only comforts us as we comfort our own children, He comforts us with His supernatural strength and wisdom, regardless of the cause of our distress.

We give compassion, sympathy and heart-felt love to those around us who are suffering their share of grief; but God gives supernatural strength and power, infused into our soul to help us to traverse the issues of life (Matthew 5:4; Psalm 138:3).

God is not distantly aware of our circumstances, He is right there within us, experiencing each instance with us.

We often use our relaionship with God to explain our inordinant behavior done in our flesh, and we say that we do it in the name of Christ. Yet, Jesus has no part in these goals and ministry, which we do in His name, but in the flesh.

In fact, we often bring shame on His name and on our own testimony by our interpretation of His calling on our life. God calls us to trust in Him with our whole heart, not to lean on our human understanding, and to consult Him before we do anything during our day; so that He can direct our steps each moment of the day (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Our Father has exceedingly great riches, which He liberally shares with those who love Him and those who completely trust in Him; He strengthens our inner core with His Spirit; and He roots us and stabilizes us with His Spirit as Christ dwells in our heart by faith (Ephesians 2:7).

We learn that God's love surrounds us on every side of our breadth, length, depth and height, because His love transcends human understanding; and He fills us with all of His fullness (Ephesians 3:16-19, Amplified Bible).

Father God, show us the areas of our life where we continue to work "for" You rather than "with" You - areas where we are led by our human reasoning rather than by Your Spirit within us. Cause us to know the way in which we should walk as we lift up our body, soul and spirit to You (Psalm 143:8).

Help us to stop attempting to earn our own salvation, or to sanctify our own soul, or to be a Savior to the world. Jesus already fulfilled that job and did it well without us. Show us Your prerequisite will for our life and help us to walk in it, rather than in our own devices (Ephesians 2:10).

Thought for the Day:
God's way is infinitely better than any plan which we can conceive through our own human devices.

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