POWERFUL – 03/11/19

By March 11, 2019 Daily Devotionals

March 11, 2019

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when I feel weak help me to remember that Your power is perfected in my weakness. Give me strength to endure every challenge that will come my way this school day. Amen

Scripture:  And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NAS

There was a television show called “Heroes.” It was a very popular show about a group of people who had some sort of “supernatural” ability. From what I have gathered from the show so far, it is believed that these abilities were placed in them through some scientific experiment.

Naturally, I thought of all of you when I heard about this show. To me, you are the real heroes. You have supernatural hearing, able to hear what students are saying and doing from across a crowded hallway or even in a bathroom way down the hall. You are expected to read minds; all of that information that parents are NOT communicating to you about what is going on at home or with students away from school. You are just supposed to “pick up on that” and know that they need extra patience or attention – right? I have seen many of you move across that playground, and you are definitely faster than a speeding dodge ball. Ice and your attention can heal any boo-boo, and you have the flexibility to be stretched further with resources, time and patience than Stretch Armstrong himself. You amaze me!

Perhaps looking at your class list, your schedule or even the new programs and requirements being put in place this year has left you feeling not so “Super.” Today’s verse is a reminder to us all that God’s power is perfected in our weakness. In other words, “I am weak, but He is strong.” Can you name that tune?

The power of Christ dwells in you. The gifts of the Holy Spirit have been given to you, and God’s grace is sufficient for you each and every day. You see, Paul had been praying and begging God to remove the “thorn in his flesh.” Many have debated what this “thorn” was, but that is not important since we all have our “thorns.” The verses I gave you today are God’s response to Paul’s prayer. God basically said, “No, the thorn stays, but then so do I and my power. You see, Paul, when you have a need, it keeps you close and dependent on me. My strength is used to the maximum ability in your life when you realize how much you need Me, and are not working from your own power.”

Please allow my paraphrasing God with the utmost respect and honor to Him. Realizing that we are weak, that we do not have all the answers and that we cannot be successful this day without His power, is the first step to realizing the supernatural power He exhibits in your life every day, in every circumstance, if you will just turn to Him.

Copyright Kathy Branzell. Email kbranzell@ceai.org

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