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Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)
TITLE: In Quietness and Trust
By Regina Russell
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It's in Isaiah, that much I know. Never been good with quoting exact locations, but that's okay, I know it's there.
Just like I know Jesus is inside me. The word also says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I used to ruminate on that passage while jogging. Inner strength and outer strength meeting at the arch in Metro West.
I'm physically strong, for a woman. I work out and run and stay in good shape. But what does that matter if I am fearful, dishonest and lazy?
That's where the insecurity comes from, from not trusting and being fearful, instead of bold like the Lord calls me to be. I don't trust him because I think God is like a human being and human beings let us down. I've got to smash that idea.
And do they give awards for dishonesty? No wonder I walk around wondering if anybody will find out about me. Of course, I could just be honest and let everyone know the truth, that I messed up, that I was selfishly ambitious, that I wanted a career more than God, that I commit those all to human sins of greed, lust and sloth. Then that would require change and image dissolution.
Jesus was a pretty active guy, he didn't wait around hoping something would happen. He went out and made it happen, in His Father's timing. I could do that, so I wouldn't be lazy. God doesn't call us to abdicate human responsiblity. It would behoove me to get a job and do the writing and learn to play the piano, like I want instead of just dreaming about it. Fantasies lead to poverty, but diligence leads to success. That's in Proverbs.
If I would be a doer of the word instead of a hearer, I'd have much more inner strength.
You know what? I'll try an experiment. I will actually believe what it says and do what it says.
I'll bet you then, I'll have more inner strength.
Obedience does that. Paradox: Obedience is actually freedom.
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