Your Daily ‘Spiritual Supplements’

‘Our Sufficiency is from God’ 2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV

Christian counsellor Dr Ann Shorb writes, “Each morning I reach for an assortment of nutritional supplements. Each has something I need, but not one by itself is enough to provide everything”. Here are the ‘spiritual supplements’ she says she takes:

1 His death on the cross is sufficient for my salvation: ‘He is also able to save to the uttermorst those who come to God through Him… He…lives to make intercession for them’ (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV)

2 His strength is sufficient for my weakness: ‘He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak’ (Isaiah 40:29 NCV)

3 His authority is sufficient for my struggles: Jesus said, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and…earth. Go therefore’ (Matthew 28:18-19 NKJV)

4 His power is sufficient to restore me: ‘The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises…all who are bowed down’ (Psalm 145:14 NKJV)

5 His wisdom and knowledge are sufficient to direct me: ‘He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold’ (Job 23:10 NKJV)

6 His grace is sufficient for all my needs: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

Sometimes you’ll hear Psalm 51:12 quoted as ‘Restore unto me the joy of my salvation,’ instead of ‘Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation’. There’s a big difference! My salvation means me working to be saved and never knowing if I’ve done enough. Thy salvation depends totally on Christ’s finished work on Calvary. It acknowledges that while we’ll never be ‘sufficient of ourselves…our sufficiency is from God’

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In Spite of the Circumstances God is With You

‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

Several times in one chapter, Genesis 39, the Bible tells us that the Lord was with Joseph. But that didn’t exempt him from jealousy and betrayal, or the advances of Potiphar’s wife, or her lies that sent him to prison. The Bible says, ‘They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character’ (Psalm 105:18-19 NLT). Joseph didn’t know it, but he was in training for reigning. God wanted to see if he would choose trust over lust, and obedience over expedience. It’s in looking back that you realise why one of God’s names is ‘Redeemer’. He can redeem everything you’ve been through – the good, the bad, the ugly. The lesson Joseph learned is this: God is with you even when there is no evidence He is. He is walking alongside you. He is working with you. He is going ahead of you to rearrange circumstances in your favour. His words says, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So that we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ (Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV). But sometimes in the plan of God things get worse before they get better. That’s when you must tighten your grip and lean harder on God: ‘Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise’. (Hebrews 10:35-36)

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