“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19 NIV
Today’s small coffee break is from Rebel Tea & Coffee in Fort Meyers, Fl. I went there on my birthday last year, loved it but haven’t been back. Maybe I will go back this year on my birthday. While we sip, let’s talk about small touches.
“Love never gives up”.
1 Corinthians 13:4 MSG
So much can be communicated through a small touch.
A reassuring pat of the hand.
A gentle tug on the elbow of someone who you want closer.
Holding a hand.
A small touch can make a bad thing okay, an okay thing good and make a good thing great.
Small touches are difference makers in a relationship, in a life.
They can be the first thing we unconsciously give and the first thing that we unconsciously withhold.
When we struggle, we when are angry, when we are hurt, we withhold the small touches.
It’s easy to forget how important they are to us and to those we love.
Wherever you are at in any of your relationships it might be a small touch that makes a difference.
Don’t worry about starting big- start small.
What small touch do you need to receive?
What small touch do you need to give?
When you are ready to be obedient, get ready to feel discouraged.
Whenever you get ready to grow, get ready for the opposition.
God doesn’t numb our emotions or take away our humanity- he allows us to feel discouraged, feel defeated, feel downcast. He doesn’t take away our humanity but what He does is give us His power.
He challenges us to not make our obedience contingent on our emotions.
He asks us to “do it afraid”. To walk forward in faith.
To fight the battle that rises up and fight all the way through to victory.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
Ephesians 6:10 NIV
I love that there is a “finally” here. After all the instructions on relationship wisdom that comes before this verse, Paul has the final word you need: be strong in The Lord and in His mighty power. This means to receive strength from Him, to be endowed with it, to allow God’s mighty power to infuse your soul with strength.
You are in a battle. It is a battle you cannot win but one that has been won for you. It is a battle waged against you and the Word of God reigning in your world. God does not remove you from the battle or remove the battle from you: He fits you with His own weapons and says “FIGHT!”
Finally– when you are at the end of yourself, you are ready to really begin. BE INFUSED with His mighty power. If you are feeling weak and discouraged- you are in just the right place to receive His strength.
It whispers with an incessant voice:
“you are not enough”,
“you don’t have enough”,
“you could be enough if only….”
Envy robs you of enjoying what you do have and who God has created you to be.
When you believe the lie of envy, you immediately trade abundant life for an abundant lie.
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.”
Colossians 2:9-10 NIV
God does not envy. He has everything, he is everything. He is not lacking in any area and he has made all his resources available to you in Christ.
In Christ, you are enough. You are embraced, loved, cherished, equipped, empowered and complete. You have been given access to all that is in God in Jesus.
God’s plan for your life is not to be consumed by envy.
Confess it, take it to the cross, leave it there.
Begin to walk in the fullness of who you are in Christ and leave the emptiness of envy at the cross today.
Don’t waste another second on it.
But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6 NLT)
When faced with a decision on an unknown future, it is easy to put your faith in your own ability, your reading of the situation, what you have learned from past experience, what the experts are saying or even a friend’s advice.
But all of that means nothing in the light of God’s wisdom.
He see’s what we do not see.
He knows what we do not know.
He, himself is the variable that makes the impossible possible.
Do you need wisdom?
Ask God for it.
Then when you receive it, walk in it.
Rest in it. Live with it.
You will be tempted to compare, contrast, consider or contemplate it with what everyone else is saying but don’t. If you do that, your emotions throw you into a storm of doubt and fear.
Put your faith in God alone and be faithful to what He has given you to do.
Don’t allow your mind and emotions to waver back and forth.
Choose to be unflinchingly loyal to God’s wisdom and undivided in your faith.
You don’t need to know exactly what will happen.
You need to know that whatever happens, God will give you what you need to get through it.