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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
We often depend on our own skills and abilities when life seems easy and only turn to God when we feel unable to help ourselves. But as we realize our own powerlessness without him and our need for his constant help in our lives, we come to depend on him more and more. God is our source of power, and we receive his help by keeping in touch with him. With this attitude of dependence, problems will drive us to God rather than away from him. Learn how to rely on God daily. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 1:8-11 – I think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we wne through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead. Amnd he did deliver us from mortal danger. And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us. He will rescue us because you are helping by praying for us. As a result, many will give thanks to God because so many people’s prayers for our safety have been answered.
God rescued us from a terrible death, and he will rescue us. We have set our hope on him that he will rescue us again. – 2 Corinthians 1:10 (CEB)
Denise DuBois Pass (Virginia) titled her story “MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE;” here is Denise’s story:
“Statements from well-meaning friends like, :God will not give you more than you can handle,” often cannot provide the comfort we hope to receive when going through a difficult situation. Sometimes in these situations we feel as if we need to put on a façade of faith while we remain inwardly broken.
“Paul had a different point of view on dealing with hardships. Pressed on every side, he confessed that his trials were, in fact, more than he could bear. But in the same breath he proclaimed God;s faithfulness and his belief that God would deliver him. His hope was set on God’s promises, but he also knew he needed the prayers of his community to support him.
“Sometimes we bear burdens so heavy that we are left in a place of despair. But we still have hope because God is with the brokenhearted. When we are not suffering, we can take time to notice those around us who may be weary and wounded. We can lift them up in prayer and cry out to God on their behalf. Whjen we pray for one another, we can set our hope on God that God will rescue us again.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can placy my hope in God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to know that even when we are incapable of handling life’s struggles, you are completely sufficient to bear our burdens and strengthen us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE EXPERIENCING ANXIETY
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