'He will give you the mighty inner strengthening of His Holy Spirit.' Ephesians 3:16 TLB
The author Edith Schaeffer came up with the idea that Heaven’s museum has two exhibits. In the first one there’s a display of Satan’s weapons, his trials and torments thrown against God’s people. They’re in pieces—broken when God miraculously stepped in. The second shows Satan’s weapons broken when believers couldn’t see God in their situation but trusted He was good anyway, and so they overcame.
Collapsing beneath the weight of everything around you? Just about done with your secrets, failures and weaknesses? And, worst of all, does it feel like God isn’t going to show up to help? If you’re the sort of person who seems to see God miraculously moving in everyone else’s life, but gets frustrated at the silence in your own, there absolutely is something for you, too. There is no worse–off Christian ‘class’ that gets less than others. God promises strength for you, a mighty inner strength that comes from above and girds your heart with iron. You’ve got the Holy Spirit in there already, so it’s a case of praying to Someone closer than close. Meditating on God’s Word can be a useful prayer–tool for that. Meditating isn’t a spooky other–world–y thing—it’s simply slowly down and actively looking at what God said.
A good way to meditate is to go through these five steps: Pause (slow down and think deeply about what Scripture you’re reading), Presence (acknowledge God is present, speaking to you through His Word), Perspective (what did it mean to those it was originally written to), Ponder (how does it apply to your life?) and Promise (take away a promise from God for your life.) Practise with today’s verse. Stop and examine it, using these five steps.
SoulFood: Lam 3:40-5:22, Matt 14:1-12, Ps 82, Prov 14:5-8
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