by: Gracepoint Church
One of my simple joys is receiving a handwritten letter or card in the mail. As I receive it, I purposely put my left thumb on the return address. The next few moments I search out the handwriting of the address on the front of the envelope in my hand, carefully looking at how the letters are formed. Are they tall, small, curly, or smooth - searching in my mind with the question who sent this to me. After being satisfied with who I think this piece of mail is from, then I will open the letter or card and read its contents. As simple and silly as this process sounds, it gives me extended joy of receiving the message enclosed in that envelope. Usually a hand-written envelope is not a bill!
As we open our Bibles, we have so many letters addressed to us and for us. Do we carefully look at who is sending this message to us? Just like the letters we receive in the mail, at times the letters are encouraging, full of wisdom, guidance, or correction and advice.
Today’s letter comes as an encouragement and advice.
How we overcome weakness with strength:
- By Waiting: ”Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart.” Psalm. 27:17
- Slow Down: ”In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
- Get Quiet: Noise is all around us. The more noise we are in, the more tension increases. Get yourself more aware of God, through His Word and in prayer.
- Pray: Prayer is a river through which God’s strength flows into our life. “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.” Psalm 6:2
The address of Philippians 4:8 encourages me daily:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever thing are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.