Strong spirits: are you desperate?

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Photo: U.S. Army Europe. Parachutist over Ukraine.

In a culture that so prizes self-reliance, determination, and individualism, it may surprise you to learn that God wants us to be desperate- for him! That is, recognizing our dependence on him, and despairing of our own capacity to make everything alright.

We have a tendency to think we are God - that we can fix things, that we can get what we need if we just try harder. This is not to say that we shouldn't work hard, but ultimately, we will be far better off to realize how even our best efforts fall short, and how much in our weakness, we need God.

"But (God) said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Paul the apostle (2 Corinthians 12:9)

"And he said to him, 'Please Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.' And the LORD said to him, 'But I will be with you...'" Gideon, speaking to God (Judges 6:15,16)

So, what are you facing? You may be desperate, you may seem you're doomed to failure, but God makes all things possible. Confess your need of him, trust him, and watch him do the impossible...

Gary Schwerin serves as pastor at Caledonia Congregational Church. He is also the Spiritual Development Minister for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley and Executive Director of Bridge Ministries of Rockford. Prior to launching Bridge Ministries, Gary spent many years in leadership with Young Life. His column appears every Sunday - subscribe to our daily email so that you don't miss any.

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