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Our Adequacy Is From God

May 2, 2014

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Our Adequacy  Is  From God

It seems  that so much  in our society  promotes the idea  of us accomplishing things  all by our own power,  intelligence,  and ingenuity.     We love  to pat ourselves  on the back  and say,  “Look what I’ve accomplished.     Aren’t I great?!”

We’re fooling ourselves.     We don’t honestly accomplish anything  with our own  measly powers,  intelligence,  or ingenuity.     Everything we have  is a blessing  and gift  from God Almighty,  who created  and redeemed us.     We should not try  to claim  the honors  that belong  to God.     Whether our talents from God are  in a certain job area,  a certain position  in life,  or in a ministry  for God,  whatever we accomplish  in this world  needs to glorify God our Savior.

Knowing this full well,  Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:4-6,

And such confidence  we have  through Christ  toward God.     Not that we are adequate  in ourselves  to consider anything  as coming  from ourselves,  but our adequacy is  from God,  who also made us adequate  as servants  of a new covenant,  not  of the letter,  but  of the Spirit,  for the letter kills,  but the Spirit gives life.

As a minister  of God’s word,  Paul could not claim  one ounce  of “adequacy”  as  “coming  from ourselves”.      He knew full well  that without God’s blessing,  he was nothing.     In spite  of the fact  that Paul realized  that he was a nothing,  Paul  had  “confidence”  in working  in the ministry.     So,  how could Paul  have so much  “confidence”  if he said  he was a nothing?

Paul knew,  loved,  and trusted  in the Lord God Almighty,  our Savior and Redeemer.     God  had shown Paul  the truths  of the gospel  and how Jesus was the fulfillment  of so many Old Testament prophecies.     Jesus’ coming  as our Savior  truly was  a great  and almighty working  of God.     No one but God  could fulfill  all those prophecies.     Because God showed  all those truths  to Paul,  Paul  realized  the greatness  of God’s love  for us  in doing all that.     Knowing that,  Paul had  “such confidence”  in the greatness  of God’s power  to finish His work  of bringing people  to salvation  —  and using Paul  to do His work.

It’s the same with us.     In His word,  the Bible,  God shows us  all the truths  of His power  to create,  guide,  and redeem us  —  and to use us  for His good work  —  like He did with Paul.     Whatever our position  in this life,  there is good  for us to do  as we live  for Christ,  our Savior.     As we think on  how dearly  God has loved us  in Jesus’ suffering,  death,  and resurrection,  we can  have confidence  that God can,  and will,  work good things  through us  —  the good  that He wants done.     We should not imagine  that we will be “famous”  for what we do.     But,  we should have the confidence  that God has placed us  where we are  so that He can work good  to those around us.

In all  of our daily living,  we remember  that  our adequacy  is from God.     So blessed  to have God working  through us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for stooping so low  as to use us  for good.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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