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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Strength in Reserve

by Rick Blumenberg / @rickblumenberg

Several years ago I was driving through town when I saw a large billboard that pictured a very small boy holding up a very large set of barbells.  At first I only glanced at it, but when it registered in my small brain what I had seen, I looked back quickly because I thought it had to be a joke—the boy was obviously not big enough to hold up that huge weight. When I looked the second time I saw that, sure enough, standing behind the boy were the brawny arms and torso of a weight-lifter who was also holding the barbells. Underneath were the words, ”strength in reserve", and an advertisement for a particular brand of automobile tires.

I don't remember the brand of tire, but I have never forgotten the message I received from the Lord as I heard him speak to my heart, "I am your strength in reserve!"

What an exciting concept!  And what an amazing reality!  When we have done our best and cannot do more, God is our strength in reserve!  Don't ever hesitate to do something for the Lord just because it's bigger than you are. Only hesitate if you are not certain it is God's will.

Attempting something that is not God's will and is too big for you or me to do alone is likely to make us look foolish and bring embarrassment to the kingdom of God.  If we are sure it is God's will and if we really cannot do it alone, we just need to do the best we can do and depend on God to provide whatever miracle is needed to finish the task. When God wants something done in or through us His only limitation is our cooperation!

One of the greatest truths God ever revealed to me was this:
“When we depend on the power of the flesh (our own personal power) we are limited to the power of the flesh (our own personal power). But when we depend on the power of the Spirit of God, we never find a limit.”

What an amazing truth it is to know that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior, and when his time to be here in the flesh was finished, God sent his Holy Spirit to be our comforter, our guide, our strength, and so much more. God's power is always available to us when our strength is inadequate. We can never be defeated by a lack of power as long as we remember that God's strength is our strength in reserve.

I’m Rick Blumenberg, and that’s My View…from Tanner Creek”.

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