“I know that through your prayers and the help given me by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my good” (Philippians 1:19).
Two-thousand and fifteen is a new year, but our health problems may not be, and we may face some new ones as well. Have you ever lost power in your home and discovered that your flashlight batteries were dead? As this year begins, we may feel our “life batteries” have died. We have no strength for the challenges that lie ahead. We need to be recharged.
The King James Version of Philippians 1:19 says our help will come through “the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” In Rick Renner’s book, Sparkling Gems from the Greek, he explains that “supply” refers to the abundant and excessive contribution of the Spirit’s grace and power through Jesus, which is readily available to all believers all the time.
My new year began with shoulder pain, sleeplessness, fibro pain, depression, and nausea. I struggled with how I would survive the day, let alone another year. My life battery seemed dead. But I kept going and will continue to do so because of Christ’s power source in me.
This verse also mentions that the prayers of others help sustain us, so let us not forget to lift up others who are struggling. God’s power supply flows through us to not only strengthen us but to help us strengthen others.
Someone posted this quote from GodFruits on Facebook:
“Instead of saying, ‘Lord I don’t know how I am going to do this,’ say, ‘Lord, I can’t wait to see how you do this.’ ” Whatever the new year brings, thank God His ever-ready battery of power supply in our lives keeps on going and will never die.”
Prayer: All-Powerful God, Your Word says my strength will equal my days (Deuteronomy 33:15). As I begin this new year, I know I will have the mental, physical, and emotional energy to keep going, because Your grace and power will sustain me through whatever each day brings. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in North Carolina and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband, three daughters, and their husbands. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
How are feeling about the new year–discouraged and weak, or hopeful and strong? Can you find a few verses of Scripture referring to the power of Christ in you to speak to yourself when you feel you have no strength left?
God can make us stronger, heal our heart. This is Lincoln Brewster singing “Made New.” It is a song that is climbing the Billboard charts in the Christian category. As the lyrics in this song say, He will help us hold our head up and make us new. I hope it feels like your anthem for the day! -Lisa