Depending on Christ

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I’ve been in Uganda for nearly 8 months now with about 2 ½ months to go. Once again, I’ve learned that God is faithful. I’m learning that He gives strength and grace for each day. I need to learn to depend on Him more as the disciples had to learn in Mark 9. They tried to cast out demons and couldn’t do it. They were depending on their own ability and didn’t pray and they FAILED! So often, I also do that! I depend on myself and don’t pray, when all the power I could ever need is available to me in Christ! My mom sent me these verses from Ephesians this morning and I looked them up in the Message for a different wording. It says I have more energy available to me than I can imagine…I just have to ask.

Ephesians 1:18-21 (The Message)

15-19That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

20-23All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

 

Please continue to pray that I finish STRONG these last couple months. God can do the work in me….I just need to ask HIM and LET HIM use me! Please pray that God opens up doors for a job once I reach home as well!

 

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