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Flexing Faith Muscles

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July 13, 2022 8:00 pm

Flexing Faith Muscles

Our Daily Bread Ministries / Various Hosts

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July 13, 2022 8:00 pm

During a trip to the zoo, I stopped to rest near the sloth exhibit. The creature hung upside down. He seemed content being completely still. I sighed. Because of my health issues, I struggled with stillness and desperately wanted to move forward, to do something—anything. Resenting my limitations, I longed to stop feeling so weak. But while staring at the sloth, I observed how he stretched one arm, gripped a nearby branch, and stopped again. Being still required strength. If I wanted to be content with moving slow or being as still as the sloth, I needed more than incredible muscle power. To trust God with every dragging moment of my life, I needed supernatural power.

In Psalm 46, the writer proclaims that God doesn’t just give us strength, He is our strength (v. 1). No matter what’s going on around us, the “Lord Almighty is with us” (v. 7). The psalmist repeats this truth with conviction (v. 11).

Like the sloth, our day-to-day adventures often require slow steps and extended periods of seemingly impossible stillness. When we rely on God’s unchanging character, we can depend on His strength no matter what plan and pace He determines is right for us.

Though we may continue to battle afflictions or struggle with waiting, God remains faithfully present. Even when we don’t feel strong, He’ll help us flex our faith muscles.

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Hello my name is such a vixen. Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today I share a memory that changed my perspective on waiting in Lexington faith muscles during a trip to the zoo.

I stopped to rest near the sloth exhibit.

The creature hung upside down. He seemed content being completely still. I sighed because of my health issues. I struggled with stillness and desperately wanted to move forward, to do something, anything, resenting my limitations. I long to stop feeling so weak. But while staring at the sloth. I observed how he stretched one arm, gripped a nearby branch and stopped again, being still required strength if I wanted to be content with moving slowly or being as still as the sloth I needed more than incredible muscle power to trust God with every dragging moment of my life. I needed supernatural power in some 46. The writer proclaims that God doesn't just give us strength.

He is our strength. No matter what's going on around us, the Lord Almighty is with us. The psalmist repeats this truth with conviction like the sloth are day-to-day adventures often require slow steps and extended periods of seemingly impossible stillness. When we rely on God's unchanging character. We can depend on his strength.

No matter what plan and paste. He determines is right for us. Though we may continue to battle afflictions or struggle with waiting.

God remains faithfully present.

Even when we don't feel strong will help us flex our faith muscles. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading from Psalm 46 God is our refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth giveaway and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam in the mountains quake with their surging there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the most high dwells. God is within her. She will not fall, God will help her at break of day nations are in uproar kingdoms fall. He lists his voice, the earth melts the Lord Almighty is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done that desolation as he has brought on the earth.

She makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. He says be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress. Let's pray God Almighty.

Thank you for giving us opportunities to flex our faith muscles by trusting you to be our strength. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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