All Things

October 5, 2018

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

This was my go-to verse, the one I repeated over and over when my son was small.

Repeated through the not knowing.

Repeated through doctor appointments, therapies and surgeries.

Repeated through medical bills and not enough.

Repeated through diagnosis.

“I can do all things.”

A twenty year old new mom and a medically fragile baby.

He came home on a heart monitor with his first surgery scheduled.

Doctors said he might not survive and if he did, we were young, could have more children so we should put him someplace and not let it ruin our lives.

He would never walk, be blind and most likely have no intelligence.

I was offended.

Angry.

 

There was no way anyone could know his future.

They were wrong.

I was determined to overcome the odds.

A journey began to help this baby, my son, Joey, be all he could be.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11

I learned to be content.

With different.

With hard.

With an unknown future.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

I look back and want to hug that scared, determined young mom.

I’m so proud of her.

I don’t know how I did the things I did…

• Cared for a medically fragile baby.

• Said no to doctors and other “experts”.

• Figured out how to get what was needed with almost no resources.

• Navigated medical and insurance systems.

At twenty.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

All things.

Do I really understand what this means?

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.                Acts 1:8

I receive power.

Holy Spirit power.

It’s in me – I can access it anytime.

Usually I don’t.

Instead, I don my cape and matching “it’s up to me” mentality.

I try in my own power when I have access to His.

The Spirit that created everything.

The light of all mankind.

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” (an evil spirit) He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:19-20

Nothing will be impossible.

I don’t understand or believe I have power.

If I don’t believe it, I don’t posses it.

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

God gives me His love power.

Love that covers a multitude of sins.

Love that breaks chains, sets captives free.

Love that heals and conquers death.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.                    Romans 8:37

God equips me for battle.

Spirit sword.

Shield of faith.

Helmet of salvation.

The battle isn’t flesh and blood but against powers and rulers of the darkness of this world.

The battle for my mind.

The battle for my soul.

The enemy comes against me, his mission to seek and destroy.

Flaming arrows of lies.

• I’m not worthy.

• Not good enough.

• God doesn’t care.

• Guilt inducing sin reminders.

Holy Spirit on hold.

I walk in shame instead of victory.

Fear instead of faith.

Confused instead of confident.

How do I access the power of God – His Holy Spirit, freely given?

His power comes through knowing His Word.

God’s Word grows my belief and faith.

The idea isn’t to check a legalistic box but get His life saving, heart guarding truth in me.

Bonded and secure.

Rooted in truth.

His power comes through Believing His Word.

Spirit filled is faith filled.

Trust God intends to do wonderful things for His glory through me because that’s what the Bible teaches.

Expect the Holy Spirit to give the power God’s Word says it will.

Belief becomes the channel for God’s Spirit.

God supplies His Spirit and works miracles when I believe the Word of God with expectation.

His power comes when I ask.

The disciples devoted themselves to prayer first and then were filled with the Holy Spirit to speak God’s Word with boldness.

Paul prayed for the Ephesians to be strengthened with might through the Spirit and be filled with the fullness of God.

Luke 4:14 says Jesus came from His 40 day fast full of the Holy Spirit.

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His power comes when I obey.

I seek Him and obey His Word before I feel His power.

To willfully go my own way is to disregard God’s word and silence the Spirit.

When I ignore God and His commands, my heart becomes resistant and unbelieving.

The channel for His power (belief) becomes clogged with worry, rationalization and the distractions of this world.

Unblocking angioplasty begins when I read God’s Word, battle my heart’s unbelief then pray and fast for His purpose, plan and power.

Power for His glory – not mine.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.                 Proverbs 3:5

Stumbling steps of fragile faith.

No advance power surge.

Imperfectly follow with mustard seed faith.

He generously fills, feeds, heals and saves.

Strength renewed.

God of grace.

Strong in His mighty power

More about Liz

I'm a free spirit. I hate rules and legalism. I love art and nature, music, the beach and dogs. I like to garden, take pictures and read. I tend to speak my mind and have a rip-the-band-aid -off approach to life. (Brace yourself, this might hurt.)

6 Comments
    1. Liz. This is the best one you have ever written. I had chill bumps reading it. Such POWER IN YOUR WORDS. God had truly blessed you with this wonderful gift. I wish you would put all your blogs into a book so I could keep going back to them. Your words touch my soul. I thank the Maker for you!! So privileged to have you as a friend. Love you

      1. Awww love you Nancy – thank you so much for words that bless me. Glory to God…this was all His idea and He gives me manna – the food I need to do it. I am planning to do a “2018 Best of Wednesday’s Words” free download collection for December. God uses you and your faithful comments and encouragement – doing this isn’t easy and I often doubt. Comments like yours are like a thumbs up from God to keep going. Thank you sweet friend for being a blessing. Love you ❤️

    1. Liz, I thank you so much For posting this today. I really needed to hear this. You are a warrior not only for God, but Helping others and caring for them when you’re dealing with your own stuff. But I cannot thank you enough for what you do for me! I so enjoy reading your blog. And I am so blessed to know you. You have made my world a lot brighter my sister friend!

      1. Hey Judy! Glory to God…thank you for blessing me. It means everything for God to use this blog to work in the lives and hearts of the amazing people He sends. I am blessed and humbled to have the best readers. I’m also blessed to know you…your servant’s heart and persistent love for God inspire me. Love you sister friend! ❤️

    1. Liz, this is so touching; powerful. Thank you for sharing from your heart and your pain. You are gifted by the same God who gave you power for those days.

      1. Hi Charla – thank you for reading and providing a comment to bless me. Your words resonate in my heart. Hugs sister ❤️

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