Happy Monday!

I loved this article as soon as I read it.

Have you ever felt crushed or overwhelmed?  I have gotten down on my knees and begged God to help me, or others.  I have begged for forgiveness and guidance.  Sometimes, no matter what we do, it just isn’t enough.

Finally, I realized that no matter what I do, it isn’t enough.  It took so long to realize that it’s not about “doing”, it’s more about “relying”.  We will never be strong enough, smart enough or good enough on our own.  But when we step into the arms of God, everything changes.  He gives us the power and strength to get through every crisis we encounter.

Have you felt the relief?  The absolute relief, as the burden is lifted from your shoulders and onto the all -powerful shoulders of the great I AM?

There is a saying, something about having to hit rock bottom before moving up again. (That is a very rough translation)  You probably won’t learn to rely on God until you stop trying to rely only on yourself.

Where do you turn in a crisis?  Are you relying on your own resources or turning to the One who is the source of everything?  I love Philippians 4:13.  “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  Not me who gives me strength, but HIM.

Pray Unceasingly!!

In His light,

Lois

 Relying on God

The Daniel Plan

We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God. —2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NLT

The apostle Paul and his missionary team were often in deadly danger. On one occasion, he wrote to the believers in Corinth about his situation. He said he was pushed beyond his own resources and expected to die. But the experience taught him to rely on God, who raises the dead.

There’s really no way to learn to rely on God other than to be pushed beyond our own resources. That’s one of the reasons God allows those situations. So, if you feel overwhelmed by some circumstance, consider letting it propel you into God’s arms.

Also, ask your Daniel Plan friends to pray for you. That’s what Paul did, and he looked forward to the thanksgiving his friends would offer up when he was delivered from danger (2 Corinthians 1:11). He also knew that the experience would someday help him comfort others under similar pressure (2 Corinthians 4-5).

God never wastes a pain.

Food for Thought: God is with you in your current circumstances, committed to bringing good out of them for you.

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