Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Many Flavors of Ability

The later part of Wednesday afternoon and into the evening I thought a great deal about ability and individual capacity.

There is the capacity that perspective brings

"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." Ps 37:25

Also, We can have capacity or ability that once was ours or one that was never realized given to us by God.

"He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see." John 9:25

Then there is borrowed capacity where we lend our ability to others or benefit from the ability someone else has.

"I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame." Job 29:15

Then there are windows of possibility. Times when something can happen but that window will only stay open for a time. I love this verse.

"I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name." Rev 3:8

God is holding the door open. He sees that we have little strength but He holds the entrance open for us and no matter what men do it will not close. Amazing.

"I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it." Is 46:11b

"Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." 1 Thess 5:24

I do not want to live my life as if it is limited by my ability. Nor do want to have some 'positive thinking' attitude that relies on some boundless untapped potential of man that does not really exist except in the mind of the secular humanist.

I want to grow in grace and truth and have the borrowed strength that comes from God at the same time. He can do things in me and through me.

"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Mark 9:23

"And these signs shall follow them that believe..." Mark 16:17a

When we walk in faith it is not just us people see. There are signs that follow us. Ability and capacity that may be subtle or it may be profound. People may write it off as some 'product of our humanity' but we will know and testify otherwise.

It is Christ who has done something and what has been accomplished at the cross is being made evident through us today as we walk by faith. It is more than just us... it is Christ in us and the fact that we are hidden in God because of Him.

Once we were lost but now we are found. Once we were blind but now we see.

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