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"It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”

If you're not faced with a trial, temptation that's hard to resist, or a task that looms ahead of you that looks impossible to conquer, there's hope my friend, you and our Lord can overcome whatever has come your way. A life without trails and tests is not the Christian life. Yea, I know that there is another crowd that boasts of a walk thru the tulips, but that is a new evangelism, not the one of the first century that our Apostles introduced to that early dynamic Church of Jesus Christ.

Recently, I had been driving a 1996 GMC Suburban for years and years. It was rusted out quite badly. I really needed a vehicle that didn't look like it had been purchased from a junk yard. I really couldn't afford a better one so I knew that our Lord knew my heart and would somehow solve my problem without my help.

"It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Folks, if we would only wait on the Lord, we would see Him in action. I hope you all know that Jesus and His Father absolutely delight in meeting our most desperate need without our own help. Hey, they just love the praise and thanksgiving when they send a miracle our way, and all we did was "wait on the Lord".

About a month ago, my Sister-in-Law called and said that her son had given her one of his cars, a really nice one. She asked if I wanted the car that she was driving. It is a 2005 Buick LeSabre Custom. Wow!! It's loaded with all the whistles and toys. Most of all? NO RUST!! I absolutely know that if I had, on my own, bought another vehicle, it wouldn't be as nice as this gift from Jesus. I'm still thanking Jesus for His gift to me every time I drive it. :sohappy

I think we need to remember, that if a soldier goes into battle with his trusty sword that has always brought him victory, and he's been working out and has huge muscles, he can wipe out hundreds of the enemy with his sword and his strong right hand....WRONG!! His confidence is in his power, not the Lord's. Why? It's because "It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”

What are you faced with today, Christian Man or Woman, can't pay all the bills? The Children are out of line? Husband or Wife is threatening to leave because your marriage is failing? Unsaved Spouse? The bank is going to foreclose on your home? Single Parent in financial or legal trouble? STOP!! get on your knees and tell Jesus what's wrong. Let Him decide how to correct your situation, don't you tell Him.

"It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” I think sometimes in this hurry, hurry world that we live in, there is very little time to feed our spirits on the Word of God. Almost, if any time, for the old fashioned "Family Altar" with the whole family. Giving thanks at the beginning of our meals at home is rare and out in public even more rare.

This crazy world that consumes so much of our days, it's like there just isn't time for God to occupy our time except, perhaps Church on Sunday mornings. PROBLEM, when a devastating problem hits, where do we go? Our own resources? Do we do what we've always done by our selves with a little half hearted prayer? Oh my friends, can't we change our daily living pattern to include some serious time honoring our Heavenly Father? He so wants to have us include Himself in our every day functions.

1Peter 5:6 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
5:7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."

First we must humble ourselves and admit the sin of squeezing God out of our days and especially out of the trials that come our way. To humble ourselves means to admit defeat at trials and if the trial is going to be solved, God will solve it, we are incapable to do it. I believe that God wants to hear, "God I repent of ignoring You. From now on, I surrender my life to obey Your instructions in Your Word, of which I'll read every day to learn from You. God has a "mighty Hand" there is nothing, absolutely nothing impossible for God to fix for you, He's just waiting for you to depend on Him to fix it.

I would not ask you to do what I'm not presently doing. Because Bible study and intercessory prayer has been my practice for years every morning now, there is an excitement in my heart to get to it every morning. It's the reason this 76 year old "dirt bag" jumps out of bed every morning. :study
From one old "dirt bag" to another, keep on keep'n on in trusting and glorifying God for He does dwell in the praises of His people [from Psalm 22:3].