Tag: Weakness

I will uphold you with My victorious right hand!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

“Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872

“Having obtained help from God–I continue until this day.” Acts 26:22

This is the testimony of the great apostle of the Gentiles. Many were the perils to which he was exposed, and many were the hardships which he endured–but he was borne up and carried through them all, by the help of God his Savior.

Just so, He who was the Helper of the great apostle–is the Helper of the feeblest child in His family, or the weakest lamb in His flock.

He is your Helper, beloved Christian reader! He who has redeemed you, not with corruptible things, such as silver and gold, but with His precious blood–will assuredly afford you seasonable aid. Look then to Him, in the discharge of your daily duties–for all needful wisdom and strength.

In domestic cares and trials–remember that your Helper is near.

In every hour of weakness and sorrow–cast yourself on His sustaining grace.

In the hour of your extremity, when human help avails nothing–then cling to Him, and listen to Him as He says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you! Do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with My victorious right hand!” Isaiah 41:10

by Grace Gems

Growing Up in Christ

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Galatians 5:16

The true Christian is a saint in embryo. The heavenly genes are in him and the Holy Spirit is working to bring him on into a spiritual development that accords with the nature of the heavenly Father from whom he received the deposit of divine life. Yet he is here in this mortal body subject to weakness and temptation, and his warfare with the flesh sometimes leads him to do extreme things.

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Gal. 5:17).

The work of the Spirit in the human heart is not an unconscious or automatic thing. Human will and intelligence must yield to and cooperate with the benign intentions of God. I think it is here that many of us go astray. Either we try to make ourselves holy and fail miserably, as we certainly must; or we seek to achieve a state of spiritual passivity and wait for God to perfect our natures in holiness as one might sit down and wait for a robin egg to hatch or a rose to burst into bloom. So we work feverishly to do the impossible or we do not work at all; and there lies the asymmetry about which I write. The New Testament knows nothing of the working of the Spirit in us apart from our own moral responses. Watchfulness, prayer, self-discipline and intelligent acquiescence in the purposes of God are indispensable to any real progress in holiness.

by A.W. Tozer