With You in Weakness

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 ESV

“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

Amen! When we speak the word of God to others, sharing with them what the Lord is teaching us each day through his word, we are to be operating in the power of the Spirit, not in the flesh. We are to be sharing what the Lord has impressed upon our hearts to share, and nothing from our own worldly wisdom. And we are always to be sharing the truth of the gospel of our salvation, for many people are being deceived by those who do speak with lofty speech or wisdom.

Right now I can barely write. I either am experiencing greater sickness related to the sickness that came on me when we were staying in the hotel, or this is something new, perhaps generated from breathing in sheetrock dust. But I am coughing up a storm and my back is killing me, and every time I cough it feels like someone stabbed me with a knife. I hurt from head to toe. I am not doing well at all, but the Lord wants me to persevere, and so I am. But it is becoming more and more difficult.

Yet, his grace is sufficient for me in every trial, so I trust him.

Awaken the Dawn

An Original Work / January 15, 2013
Based off Psalm 57 (NIV 1984)

O my God, have mercy on me!
In the Lord, my soul takes refuge.
In the shadow of Your wings, Lord,
I find shelter till the storms pass.
I cry out to my God Most High.
He fulfills His purpose for me.
He sent His Son to die for me,
So I could be saved.

I am in the midst of lions;
Men whose teeth are spears and arrows;
Whose tongues are sharp; words accusing.
They spread a net, my feet to catch.
They dug a pit, in hopes I’d fall.
O God, be exalted o’er all.
Let Your glory shine to all men,
So they may be saved.

Steadfast is my heart, O my God;
I will sing of all Your wonders.
Awake, my soul! Sing praise to God!
Early I will rise and praise Him!
I’ll praise God among the nations;
I will sing among the peoples.
God’s love reaches to the heavens,
So we may be saved.

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