Tuesday, July 31

Jesus Calling: August 31st, 2021

Jesus Calling: August 31st

Grow strong in your weakness. Some of My children I've gifted with abundant strength and stamina. Others, like you, have received the humble gift of frailty. Your fragility is not a punishment, nor does it indicate lack of faith. On the contrary, weak ones like you must live by faith, depending on Me to get you through the day. I am developing your ability to trust Me, to lean on Me, rather than on your understanding. Your natural preference is to plan out your day, knowing what will happen when. My preference is for you to depend on Me continually, trusting Me to guide you and strengthen you as needed. This is how you grow strong in your weakness.

RELATED SCRIPTURE:

James 4:13-15 (NLT)
Warning about Self-Confidence
13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

Additional insight regarding James 4:13-16: It is good to have goals, but goals can disappoint us if we leave God out of them. There is no point in making plans as though God does not exist because the future is in his hands. The beginning of good planning is to ask: "What would I like to be doing ten years from now? One year from now? Tomorrow? How will I react if God steps in and rearranges my plans?" We can plan ahead, but we must hold on to our plans loosely. If we put God's desires at the center of our planning, he will never disappoint us. Additionally, life is short no matter how many years we live. Don't be deceived into thinking that you have lots of remaining time to live for Christ, to enjoy your loved ones, or to do what you know you should. Live for God today! Then, no matter when your life ends, you will have fulfilled God's plan for you.

Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.

Additional insight regarding Proverbs 3:5-6: When we have an important decision to make, we sometimes feel that we can't trust anyone - not even God. But God knows what is best for us. He is a better judge of what we want than we are! We must trust him completely in every choice we make. We should not omit careful thinking or belittle our God-given ability to reason, but we should not trust our own ideas to the exclusion of all others. We must not be wise in our own eyes but be willing to listen to and be corrected by God's Word and wise counselors. Bring your decisions to God in prayer; use the Bible as your guide; then follow God's leading. He will direct your paths by both guiding and protecting you.

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT)
28 Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.

Additional insight regarding Isaiah 40:29-31: Even the strongest people get tired at times, but God's power and strength never diminish. He is never too tired or too busy to help and listen. His strength is our source of strength. When you feel all of life crushing you and you cannot go another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength. Trusting in the Lord is the patient expectation that God will fulfill his promises in his Word and strengthen us to rise above life's difficulties. Through your faith may be struggling or weak, accept his provisions and care for you.

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3 comments:

  1. πŸ™ Amen. We need Jesus like the air we breath . ❤ And all the help to be strong πŸ’ͺ

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  2. Thank You Heavenly Father for never leaving us nor forsaking us. BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRISTπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ❤️.

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  3. Good morning EASTSIDE & #FAITHSTRONG# family. Happy Tuesday to everyone for I hope you & your family are doing well. In today’s Jesus Calling, “Grow Strong In Your Weakness,” I’m reminded of Aug. 28th, reading where it says, “Grow Strong in the Light of My presence.” The first thing that really caught my attention in today’s reading is, “I am developing your ability to trust Me, to lean on me, rather than on your understanding.” As I have shared in the past, of just some of my past hurts, habits, and hang ups that kept me away from growing & maturing not only as a man, but growing spiritually. As I’m growing stronger each day, I’m learning that the more I share my weakness and talk to God about where I struggle with things, I know God will help me. I believe the more I can open up and share more openly to not only God, but even others of all my struggles, my insecurities, my barriers, along with my weakness and temptations, God will help grow me and open more doors. God will put people in my life to help me with all my past hurts, habits, and hang ups to ultimately Grow & mature.
    I don’t know if this is on the topic or not but I heard something the other day that I feel God is putting on my heart to share with you all. I wake up before my alarm clock, and have plenty of energy ready to start my day out in a positive way. I think it was one of Pastor Steven Furtick messages as he talked about praying to God about making his storm/struggles stronger with temptations so that he can lean on God more, trusting God with whatever happens to him for it’s God's Will not mine, hopefully that makes sense, lol. My brain jumps all over the place, and goes on tangents, lol. Will you pray with me?
    God, thank You for being with me in seasons of hardships so that I can grow and mature. When I’m at my worst, I know You are still good. JUST FOR TODAY, help me to feel Your nearness when I have challenging days and surround me with others who can also uplift me when I am down. JUST FOR TODAY, help me be more of a vessel to Your Will and not mine. In Jesus name, AMEN!
    Thank you all for spending time with me this Tuesday morning or whenever you have a chance to read this.I hope everyone has a blessed day! Please let me know if I can pray for you. Stay Thirsty my friends! Be Strong, Stay #FAITHSTRONG# Love you all!
    Ry Hilliard

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