Daily Devotion for November 4, 2016
'I Can't Do This...'
1 Corinthians 2:3 NAS
And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.
2 Corinthians 12:5
...on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses.
1 Corinthians 12:9-10
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, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Not too long ago, I spent a portion of my day camped out in my bathroom. I hid there, at the end of myself, because I couldn't do it anymore—I was DONE! For weeks....the kids would not stop fighting, homework was not getting done, I couldn't meet everyone's needs, bad attitudes were abounding, anger was everywhere, no one was listening, each family member seemed to be thinking about “me/myself/I,” no one was receiving correction, no one was repentant...so I decided I was done. I went and closed myself in the bathroom. Over and over, I told God “I can't do this. I can't do this. I can't do this. I can't do this job You've given me...”
Something happened while I was in the bathroom—with each chant, His peace washed over me. Though I went into the bathroom repeating (in defeat) “I can't do this,” I was not the same when I came out. My bathroom time with Jesus reminded me that I couldn't do it on my own—but I had been trying to...
Beloved, using the words of Spurgeon, may we each be reminded today that the “primary qualification for serving God with any amount of success, and for doing God's work well and triumphantly (whatever that work may be!), is a sense of our own weakness. When God's warrior marches forth to battle, strong in his own might, when he boasts, 'I know that I shall conquer...' defeat is not far distant. God will not go forth with that person who marches in his own strength. They who go fourth to (face their day in their own strength) shall return with their (tails trailing) in the dust, and their armor stained with disgrace. 'It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.' Those who serve God must serve Him in His own way, and in His strength, or He will never accept their service. That which man does, unaided by divine strength, God can never own”....
Brothers and Sisters in Christ: “are you mourning over your own weakness? Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give you victory! Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up!” Today (and every day!) declare your weakness to Your Savior—declare your “I can't do this” to Your Lord! Then, ask “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16): You “CAN do all things through Him who strengthens” you! (Philippians 4:13)
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