Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Joyce Meyer's daily devotional July 26, 2016 – Christ is Your Strength
Topic: Christ is Your Strength [July 26, 2016]
How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks. - Matthew 12:34
The Bible says that out of the heart the mouth speaks. We can learn a lot about ourselves by listening to ourselves. Do your thoughts and words reflect your complete dependence on God, realizing that His abilities (not your own) empower you to do anything you need to do in life?
I had to examine my own thoughts and words and ask myself if I portrayed a person who had faith in God, and I encourage you to do the same. I didn't like all of my answers, but the exercise in self-examination did open my eyes to understanding that I needed to make some changes. Realizing we are wrong in an area is never a problem. The problem comes when we refuse to face truth and continue making excuses.
Be willing to face anything God wants to show you and ask Him to change you. If you are trusting in your own strength, begin to trust God instead. If you are trying to do things out of your own human abilities and growing frustrated, tell God you want Him to work through you and let His sufficiency be your sufficiency (see Philippians 4:13).
When challenges arise, I encourage you to develop a habit of immediately saying, "I can do whatever I need to do through Christ Who is my strength." Remember that words are containers for power, and when you say the right thing, it will help you do the right thing. Don't fill your containers (words) with things that disable you, for truly you are able to do all things through Christ. God will ask you to do things you'd never be able to do in your own strength, but He will give you His strength to do them.
As you meditate over and over on the thought, I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ, you will find that you are not as easily overwhelmed by situations that arise. Each time you roll that thought over in your mind or speak it, you are developing a healthy mindset that enables you to be victorious.
Trust in Him: How often do you say, "This is too hard for me" or "I just can't do this"? What will you now begin to say to reflect your trust in God's ability to help you do whatever you need to do?