Faith’s Checkbook by C.H. Spurgeon for Friday January 5, 2007

A Wonderful Guarantee

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 selfsame 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.”

6 thoughts on “Faith’s Checkbook by C.H. Spurgeon for Friday January 5, 2007

  1. 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.

    I have continually found my own strength a mirage. And the most insidious whisper that comes from hell is the suggestion that I mesh my strength with God’s. It sounds so good but the premise is flawed, I have no Spiritual strength, just a disgusting, self centered, and carnal strength that is the enemy of God.

    God’s resurrection strength can only be manifested through our own crucifixion which can only come with sacrifice.

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  2. Rick,

    We are called to be strong and obey, but that strength is His strength. Amen! My biggest struggle is trying to be strong myself. All this leads to is being a Christian on Autopilot that eventually runs out of gas and crashes. Only in humility borne in genuine sacrifice can we die to self and be strong in Him. My question is, when am I going to get this?

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  3. Hi Mike,

    There are so many comforting words in the bible. This one is so comforting to me in trials and adversity.

    Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

    It’s sometimes hard to draw strength because I sometimes try and rely on myself and that in itself is my problem.

    Cristina

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  4. Cristina,

    Yes, I have the problem as well. Thank God that He always puts me in situations where I must rely on Him instead of me. It is painful, but I must be a hard case. 🙂

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  5. Thank you for this, Mike. I have a sister in the Lord whose mother went to be with our Lord Jesus a few days ago . I believe she would benefit from this and I ask that you all lift her and her family up in prayer. Thanks.

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