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Scripture at Sunrise 6.14.2018

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“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” -2 Corinthians 4:7

“Your weaknesses are not God’s mistakes, and they are not meaningless. They’re designed to lead you to Him.” -Desiring God via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 11.8.2016

“My grace is sufficient for thee; for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

Our weakness should be prized as making room for divine strength. We might never have known the power of grace if we had not felt the weakness of nature. Blessed be the Lord for the thorn in the flesh, and the messenger of Satan, when they drive us to the strength of God.

This is a precious word from our Lord’s own lip. It has made the writer laugh for joy. God’s grace enough for me! I should think it is. Is not the sky enough for the bird and the ocean enough for the fish? The All-Sufficient is sufficient for my largest want. He who is sufficient for earth and heaven is certainly able to meet the case of one poor worm like me.

Let us, then, fall back upon our God and His grace. If He does not remove our grief, He will enable us to bear it. His strength shall be poured into us till the worm shall thresh the mountains, and a nothing shall be victor over all the high and mighty ones. It is better for us to have God’s strength than our own; for if we were a thousand times as strong as we are, it would amount to nothing in the face of the enemy; and if we could be weaker than we are, which is scarcely possible, yet we could do all things through Christ.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 9.27.2016

“For Thou wilt light my candle.” -Psalm 18:28

It may be that my soul sits in darkness; and if this be of a spiritual kind, no human power can bring me light. Blessed be God! He can enlighten my darkness and at once light my candle. Even though I may be surrounded by a “darkness which might be felt,” yet He can break the gloom and immediately make it bright around me.

The mercy is that if He lights the candle none can blow it out, neither will it go out for lack of substance, nor burn out of itself through the lapse of hours. The lights which the Lord kindled in the beginning are shining still. The Lord’s lamps may need trimming, but He does not put them out.

Let me, then, like the nightingale sing in the dark. Expectation shall furnish me with music, and hope shall pitch the tune. Soon I shall rejoice in a candle of God’s lighting. I am dull and dreary just now. Perhaps it is the weather, or bodily weakness, or the surprise of a sudden trouble; but whatever has made the darkness, it is God alone who will bring the light. My eyes are unto Him alone. I shall soon have the candles of the Lord shining about me; and, further on in His own good time, I shall be where they need no candle, neither light of the sun. Hallelujah!

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 1.13.2016

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…” -Philippians 3:20

“The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world.” -A.W. Tozer

Scripture at Sunrise 1.5.2016

“I will strengthen thee…” -Isaiah 41:10

When called to serve or to suffer, we take stock of our strength, and we find it to be less than we thought and less than we need. But let not our heart sink within us while we have such a word as this to fall back upon, for it guarantees us all that we can possibly need. God has strength omnipotent; that strength He can communicate to us; and His promise is that He will do so. He will be the food of our souls and the health of our hearts; and thus He will give us strength. There is no telling how much power God can put into a man. When divine strength comes, human weakness is no more a hindrance.

Do we not remember seasons of labor and trial in which we received such special strength that we wondered at ourselves? In the midst of danger we were calm, under bereavement we were resigned, in slander we were self-contained, and in sickness we were patient. The fact is that God gives unexpected strength when unusual trials come upon us, We rise out of our feeble selves. Cowards play the man, foolish ones have wisdom given them, and the silent receive in the self-same hour what they shall speak, My own weakness makes me shrink, but God’s promise makes me brave. Lord, strengthen me “according to thy word.”

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 4.11.2013

“…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” -Ephesians 6:18

Make prayer your first instinct when you see weakness in the church. -Kevin DeYoung via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 11.26.2012

Sunday, November 25 | Pastor Steve Wainright
Morning Audio: Who do you say Jesus is? | Evening Audio: Gideon’s Shrinking Army

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. –2 Corinthians 12:9

The way the Lord prepares His army is different from the way we would prepare ours. He actually strengthens His army by subtracting from it. He whittled down Gideon’s army to 300 people to fight against an army of 135,000. Why does He do that? So no flesh could glory in His presence. Everyone would be able to see that God was the One giving the victory.