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Looking back over the years, I note the number of times when I have felt ill, weak, and off balance. As I write, my health speaks to me of pain and frustration. I feel as if I just can't do it. I don't trust my own ability to get the job done. Have you ever been in that quandary? Be of good cheer! God's strength is with us constantly; we just need to trust Him. I recall one of my favourite verses:
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV)
Paul wrote this when he was in prison in Philippi around 60 AD. He is an inspiration to all of us. I am not in prison — but wait: maybe the problem is that I am in the prison of my own mind, feeling sorry for myself. Self-pity can turn us away from God and make us feel useless. We also need to read this passage:
Isaiah 40:28b,29,31a – The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. (NKJV)
That hits home as I read and re-read the verses and realize that I need to turn all my worries over to God. He never grows faint or weary like we do. As we surrender to Him, His peace fills our souls with courage and strength. Another verse also speaks to me:
Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (NKJV)
Fear of failure because we do not have the strength is one of the worst feelings that we have to contend with. I read somewhere that there are 25 verses in Scripture about strength that comes from God. I need to surrender to the Lord of my life and not be afraid of anything. It is all in the hands of our God.
It is a very human reaction when we stand all alone worrying. We need to realize fully that our strength comes from God, not from our bodies. Be of good cheer! The Lord loves you and me, and He cares deeply for us. Remember that you and I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us today and always. Take a deep sigh and relax. Be at peace.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we open our souls to You, recognizing our need for Your strength and peace. As we bow before You, we thank You for Your great gift of love. Thank You for Your promises fulfilled in Jesus that You will be with us, strengthening us so that we can do all things set before us. Through Christ, we pray. Amen.
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That’s a big Amen Sister!
Bless you Iris. May God continue to strengthen you.
Thank you, Iris! This means a lot to me today!
Thanks, Iris. This was just what I needed
A prison of self-pity is a powerful image. Thank you, Iris.
Thanks Iris for reminding us that help is just a prayer away.
Thank you so much for your words of inspiration. It is very easy to become mired in self doubt and thus neglect to look to Him.
Thank you so much for these encouraging words – truly a “word in season”.
I too experience chronic pain and this is a good reminder about who is really in charge.
Thank you Iris, for your so-timely message. I have been afflicted with illness, and at times, so frustrated. I have, at times, forgotten to give over to God and be at peace. You have expressed this so well. Thank you, too, for your faithfulness in writing! Blessings.
Thank you for your message today. It is exactly what I needed to remember. Praise be to God for his word and for the Holy Spirit . May you be blessed and strengthened as you continue serve Him.
Thank you Iris! These words from the Word are a wonderful encouragement and a great reminder that He is our Strength and is with us and cares for us always.
Trusting you are healing well and thank you for being such a lovely example of living for Jesus in word and action.
God bless you!
May God continue to bless you and protect you my dear sister in Christ. Your words are a song in my heart. The Lord our God will never leave us nor forsake us.
Dear Iris. I needed your message today. I am struggling with a very serious health issue and your message resonates loudly with me today.
I know my strength comes from the Lord, but sometimes the human side kicks in, the self-pity starts and soon I am beside myself. I just have to remind myself that if I ask, the Lord will bring me the strength and force to face my reality.
Messages of reinforcement, such as your this morning, are like a ray of sunshine after a storm.
Hi Iris. Thank you again Iris for your wonderful lesson. They always help me so much. And give me a little incite into your life. I love to read them. And I will keep you in my prayers for a miraculous healing and freedom from pain. Have a wonderful day. I thank God for you every time I
read your lessons.
Iris, Thank you for sharing this encouraging message. Like you, on many drippy and damp days my arthritic joints awaken me to search for aspirin. Thank the Lord for an anti-inflammatory medication. The NSAID gets me up and moving well enough to have my time with the Lord when I can thank Him for His goodness to me, as well as have a nourishing breakfast. At times like these, God’s many blessings to me over the years swell my heart with praise. I’m so very grateful. Again, thanks for writing and sharing this devotional. Blessings.
Hello Iris. One of my favourite verses came to mind. It goes like this: “Do not be afraid, do not be dismayed, I will uphold you with my omnipotent right hand.”
I love that word, omnipotent. No one else has a hand like that!!
Just wanted to share that verse with you. Your writing comes from the heart. My prayers are with you.
Greetings and Blessings,
Do you ever think that we are often far too hard on ourselves? The idea of “failure is often very troublesome, when it need not be.
“Failure” is simply the result of attempting to do what one believes is the right thing, in the wrong way. The important thing is that one TRIED! We can never hope to always succeed. Sometimes we need to examine the intended result then look for help. Jehovah has every one of us on His help list! All we need is the courage to ask.
Jesus said “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus never fails. Amen.
My dear Iris,
Thank you for sharing this powerful devotion.
I will be praying with all the others that God will continue to strengthen you, that your pains will go away, also that he will give you more strength to combat these pains. When one suffers pain, we all suffer, when we humble come to God for help he hears our cry.
May your pains be lessened today, and more so moving forward.
Be of good cheer and may the angels be there to watch over you.
Dear Iris, Even though you may not always feel the strength to continue your daily tasks, know that I am always inspired by your writings to ‘keep on trucking’ in my own life struggles. Your biblical passages always prompt me to once more call on God for His strength and help; indeed we
can do all things through Him.
I have come to recognize your writing without scrolling down to see who is today’s writer, and I thank you for today’s encouragement. I look forward to reading many more words penned by your hand, and God’s strength.
Good Morning Iris,
Recently I had a fall that I realize now, even though I was so fortunate not to have broken anything, or hit my head, it took a bundle of my energy, and maybe in time, a little more will return. I hope and pray for that. I learned to wear my alert button all the time.
I eagerly look forward to your writings as you always have something especially for me. God loves you and so do I.
The first time I read the devotional this morning, I realized I was worrying about my grandchildren and I should stop that behaviour because God will take care of them. I understand the bit about being in prison. The prison that I am on day parole from has to do with a certain thought that I was getting in my head. I did not like this thought, and then I hated myself for having this thought. That was a prison for me, and I was not free. The reason I am on day parole is because if I get this thought at the present time, I no longer hate myself.
Iris, Thank you for the very helpful devotional.
Thank you for your devotional. We do indeed get strength from the Lord when we need it. This morning I was to go to the local Long Term Centre for my every other Friday Bible study. I did not feel like it! But I went anyway, and afterwards I felt good about. I got the strength to do what needed to be done.
I’m sure we can all recall times when God came through for us, giving His strength to accomplish His work.
Thanks for the meaningful choice of scriptures and comments.
Hi Iris, This speaks to me. I have a couple of thoughts brewing in the back of my mind, so now I need the energy of the Holy Spirit to motivate me to get them on paper.
Thanks for the continued encouragement.
Bless you in your writing.
Just wanted to drop you a note to say again how much your messages minister to me when you write. I’m sure you are offering comfort, strength and God’s direction to so many as your write what God puts on your heart.
You continue to be a blessing and are always a reminder of my year in Vancouver as a student for the ministry many years ago. So glad to have met you way back then and to hear God speak to me through your words.
Blessings in Christ’s service.
Iris – thank you so much for this devotional. This is one that I will save and return to when I need God’s support and am feeling weak. God Bless you.