I have been learning some amazing things in my quiet time this week. As you may remember I am working through a book by Debbie Alsdorf. The book is titled He Is My Freedom.
This devotional uses scriptures I know and concepts I already get to reach deeper into my soul and imprint them there. God wants me to do more than just know what His word says ... He wants me to feel it and live it. (That is something I struggle with - do you?)
This morning I studied a small section from the story of Moses and Joshua. The focus was the mesage God gave to each of them on separate occasions. It is the continuation of a promise.
"I will be with you. And this will serve as proof ..." Exodus 3:12
"For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you." Joshua 1:5I am reassured that this promise continues on to this day. For I feel like Moses did (afraid, doubtful and unworthy) sometimes. I also need the message God gave to Joshua (be strong and courageous) from time to time. Both of these ordinary men felt inadequate for the job they had been assigned by the Most High.
THEY WERE INADEQUATE. And so am I.
Debbie Alsdorf says, "But God did not ask them to work alone or in their own strength. Just as God gave them power, so He gives us power to do His work." (page 115)
"I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need." Phil 4:13The key to make this an everyday reality is to rest in God. To abide in Him. To listen for Him. To follow His leading. The rest of the work is HIS! "The outcome totally rests on God's power, not on my performance." (page 116) Look up the Philippians 4:13 verse in the message. Then memorize it ... it is powerful.
Did you need to hear that today ... just like me and my friends, Moses and Joshua?
Here is a line from a song for you to ponder today as you rest in Him.
"Tomorrow's freedom is today's surrender." (All Sons & Daughters website, Dawn to Dusk lyrics)Could not find a usable sample of this song, but you can check out a few other songs from their amazing worship album here.