Be Strengthened

 

January 29


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Read Ephesians 3:16-17

...that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love...

 

Reflect

What does it mean to have Christ dwelling in your heart?

 

Have you ever felt like you just can’t go on? Maybe you feel like whatever struggles you are facing are too much for you? You try and try but you are weary from the fight. Friend, you might be trying to fight your battles all alone. But if you are in Christ, you shouldn’t be.

 

In today’s passage, Paul is praying for the believers in Ephesus. His prayer is for them to “be strengthened with power through His Spirit”. Paul also reminds us that God is rich! He has no shortage of glory and no shortage of power. What’s more is that His Spirit lives in us! We are not alone!

 

When we put our faith in Christ, His Spirit immediately began to dwell in our hearts. Now, we have instant access to the riches of His power. His power becomes our strength.

 

Now, there are no promises that we will not have trouble once we become believers. On the contrary, Jesus Himself said, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). The Spirit of the Overcomer is the very same Spirit that lives in you.

 

Take heart. His love is there to ground you. It should hold you fast and secure. He is with you. He will strengthen you.

 

Stop trying to live in your own strength. Call out to Him. You are weak but He is strong. Through His Spirit, you have access to the riches of amazing power and strength.

 

Pray

Jesus, so often, I am weak and struggling. But You are strong. Thank You for giving me the strength I need to persevere. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Thank you for your encouragement. God bless💙
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My pleasure, Eva. To God be the glory!
I'm glad you are encouraged but troubled by your lack of assurance. I pray for clarity and certainty. God offers salvation freely to those who turn from their sins and turn to Christ. Romans 10:9 declares, "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." I pray this is true for you. If you would like to discuss more about salvation and assurance of it, please reach out.
Father, I pray for peace, comfort, and patience in this new season of life. I can't imagine how much of an adjustment this must be. I pray you will provide strength and joy each day.
I am praying for physical & emotional strength for you! I am thankful you are able to rest on God right now & can feel his presence!
@Donna - Thank you for your question. Currently we have the Forward Devotionals Monday - Friday. Please check out our goTandem app for other materials you can access on the weekends - there are so many good things in there!
@arsenalmike05 - Thank you for your question. Currently we have the Forward Devotionals Monday - Friday. Please check out our goTandem app for other materials you can access on the weekends - there are so many good things in there!
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What a revelation in today's podcast! Thank you for sharing it Pastor Nat and thank You Lord Jesus for inviting me to share in the glorious wealth that is available in You. Help me to have a personal discovery of the many resources available through faith in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Thank you for the edifying write up. How do we get weekend devotionals?
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Thank you so much interested and many blessings to you.
How do we receive on weekends?
Thank you pastor nat you explain that so well I have trouble in some of these areas Lord I pray that IM welcoming your spirit and my heart and help me To draw near to you
I love this daily devotion 💖🙏🙌
Thank you for the message of Gods strength being in me I needed this, Thanks to God because He knows just when we need His reminders
I am weak but He is strong. Learned that when I was 3 years old. Still the most important lesson.
Those words are so encouraging, sometimes I feel I'm not saved
Praise god I believe WHOLEHEARTEDLY that god lives in me although I'm newly amputee and now learning to adapt to this new life of living with the help of an wheelchair. I pray that GOD gives me strength to surpass this ORDEAL and strengthen my faith in him. Please pray for me it's hard right now but I see a light. Blessings
Praise God for His Words. I depend on it, it gives me the strength I need to persevere. I will be strong, the Spirit is here to help me.
I thank God for sending His Son Jesus. Christ here to die for our sins now went the enemy see the blood he can not cross over the blood. My Bro I injoy the reading keep it up
Praise God for leading You and healing you! May God continue to Bless and keep You always safe in His Presence. Joy in Jesus name Amen
We are so sorry to hear this. Going through this is not easy. But I say unto you that there is only "One" True Dr call upon Him for He will not fail you! Father Please Bless we Pray for our sister in You, that Father it would not be cancer or any other illness. Lord please give Bless your children with Your Strength, Love, Healing Presence to know thy will be done. But to as well know that You Presence is their greatest weapon. Let the healing begin in Jesus name Amen
Mary I am sorry to hear this but know in that real pain God is with you feeling that pain too. Father Please Bless and give Mary her husband Your True Healing Presence take that Pain and give them Your Joy knowing that You will never leave them. Draw neaier to them Father I Pray to feel Your Touch upon their spirit and soul. To Uplift them to know that alone they will never be. In Jesus Christ name I Pray Amen.
Father I Praise You and Thank You for Loving me/us first for choosing us when You did not have to! It is Lord through Your Mercy's and Grace made New each morning I Rise as You Father lift me up into Your Amazing Grace Made New. Father each new day You know my every Prayer, Need, Want, Desire and Burdens. I Thank and Praise You for allowing me to let them all go surrendering them to You letting God meet them all. Father my #1 goal is to be "Rich" rich in You alone Jesus. You are My Hope, Faith, Love, Strength when I am weak and when I'm strong! For You are today and eternally my every need. In You Alone Lord I've found my every need. For You are Faithful, Promise keeping in every way it is the touch of Your Holly Spirit that lives inside of me. I owe my all to You, Father Please continue to teach me each new day to seek and put You OH Lord First in all I do. That I do all I do with Love for You. Thank You Lord for hand in hand making my way safe in You always today, tomorrow and forever more eternally in The Home and Kingdom of Heaven with You. I Praise You that we are "One" Family in You OH God. I let go I give and surrender my all to You. In Jesus Mighty name Amen
I have power from and power from Jesus Christ.
Oh, that is so sad. I am sorry. God is there. God cares. And the pain is real. I pray for peace and comfort. Amen!
Oh no! This must be so hard to find out. My son has had cancer, but God is the great physician. I pray for peace and healing!
We all live below our means. I think we don't know how to access these riches. I hope to talk more about this in the days ahead. God bless!
Wow. God's loving-kindness is overwhelming. I'm glad you're doing better. Praise God. Thanks for reaching out, Sunny!
Jesus my Lord! Thank you for your sacrifice on the cross! Help me Jesus to rely on your strength in my times of distress and not on my own resolve ! Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Thank you for your comments today. My husbands health is failing, this was very encouraging to me. I know that He is always with me, it is just that some days are harder than others. God bless you for your ministry.
Thank you for this devotion as I just learned that my sister may have cancer and these are the words that I need to share with her. Please pray that Jennifer will live in God's Will for her and that she will draw on that strength that He gives to us through Him living in us.
Thank You Lord God Everything ❤
Amen
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Amen
It wad very encouraging to hear you explain what it means to live using the abundant riches resources and strength from GOD who has given us so much through JESUS. We are wealthy in CHRIST but so many Christians don't live like the wealthy ppl we are. We live below our privileges. HE became poor so that we might become rich in HIS strength, power, grace and the indewlling of HIS SPURIT.
We walk by faith and not by sight!
I just read Psalm 34:17-18 this morning. I just love the reminder in verse 18 that the LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Oh such joy that we are NOT in this alone. God is near! He is within. HE is the absolute controller of all things!
Everyday I face not knowing what is ahead but I know my Jesus is in control and He will lead me in every step
Thank you for the reminder to trust in the strength of the Spirit of the Lord within us. May our hearts be soft enough to allow His Spirit to be within us to give us that unfailing strength to help us along the way...
Thanks be to God I am here today. About a week ago I kept waking up in pain. I kept waking up with heart burning feelings and well it kept spreading. On the third day it wouldn't go away. After two hours of burning pain God must have told me to go to the hospital. Turns out I had to have a bypass on both in and both out going arteries to my heart. Plus I had a blood clot on my heart also. Today I'm doing fine and recovering from home. Thanks be to God for his love and mercy, to Jesus Christ our saviour and the Holy Spirit that gives us the way to communicate to God our Father. To all out there God loves us all. No matter what you've done, color you are, God knows you, he made us all . He said "love one another as I have loved you, so should you love one another ", He loves everyone. He gave us a free mind and the choose, it is up to us. Ya or na. God blessings to all. Have a great and wonderfully blessed life. Randy (Sunny) Byrd.
Thank you pastor Crawford for the message for today. I do feel the Holy Spirit in me . I talk to my lord savior everyday. I really do feel his love in me. To make a long story short. I first heard him speak to me when I was eight years old. He speaks to me a lot and I listen. I know that I’m blessed in his spirit. Thank you Jesus so much for being there for me. In Jesus name amen!!!
Amen! I ask that the fruit of the Holy Spirit be increased in us as we draw nearer to the Lord and each other in prayer. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are given to us. Since we live with the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25.
I join you in this prayer. I pray for strength for your husband and faith for Jonathan. So hard, but God is stronger!
Thank you Jesus Chris for loving me, for feeding me, and for never leaving me! Even through all my sin and dirtiness.
John 16:33 is where we’re at today in America. We must focus on Jesus, sharing his gospel while we still can!
Thank God for giving us another beautiful weekend and thank pastor Nat for the devotional Amen
Amen 🙏 🙌 🙏 I receive the word of God. An an in agreement with his promises to spread riches and glory
To God Be The Glory
Thank you for this teaching. Very encouraging.
Thank you Lord for all you do for us and I pray that you will place your hand and will over everyone here and also our nation needs you now more than ever. Praise to you o'Lord!
Please God give my husband your strength to persevere and give my grandson Jonathan faith to overcome his depression. Amen
It is not in my moments of weakness that I fail to turn inward to seek refuge in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. No, rather, it is in my times of human triumph that I soooo often FAIL to credit and glorify God as the source of our strength for a everything in this life. Father, forgive me for my unbelief....Amen
God will give you all you need to do His will in your life. If you feel Jesus does not answer your prayers it may be you are asking for the wrong thing. We were saved for good works not for good comfort. We must check our heart and see if we are desiring to glorify the Lord Jesus or satisfy our selfish needs. The great news is when we desire to trust and obey Jesus He supplies all the power and purpose we need to do His will. Oh the joy in serving God and giving Him all the glory. Amen
Oh, how I need You everyday, every moment!
Thank you for sharing and for reminding me who is in charge. Its definitely not me! AMEN
Thank you for sharing and reminding me who is in charge here. It's definitely not me. AMEN!
Thank you, Lord, for being my stock, my shelter, my refuge, my friend, my strength, and my Savior. Amen.
Exactly what I needed to read this morning! God’s strength and love.
Thank You Jesus. Amen
pastor God Bless you,tnx.
Amen! 🙏