28 March 2020

My Father's Devotion #7

2020.03.16WM-19

Awhile back, I posted several of my Dad's devotions that he had written over the years. There are a few more and in light of the current situation worldwide with the virus pandemic and all the anxiety that goes with it, I thought it was a good to time to start sharing the rest of them.  This one provides timely encouragement and advice. 

 Dial-a-Devotion #7 - 17 Oct 1969 
by Myron N. Plooster

 John 15:5 
 Philippians 4:13 

Our Lord said to his disciples, “He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” And the Apostle Paul stated confidently, “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” 

 Apart from Him we can do nothing; abiding in Him, nothing is impossible. The one consuming purpose of our life should be to live in union with Him, guarding against everything that would destroy this union, making the most of every opportunity to reinforce it. For as we do so, we will find that He furnishes us with the strength to meet any emergency, to accomplish any goal. We may not always be aware that this power is ours; but we will always find it present when we feel the need to draw on it. There will be no temptation we cannot resist; no burden we cannot patiently bear; no difficulty with which we cannot cope; no work we cannot perform. And throughout all our days we will have the assurance of His love and grace, and of forgiveness for our own shortcomings. 

 Our Father in Heaven, who provides for our daily needs and for our times of special need, give us a sure confidence in Thy almighty power and steadfast love. When things are well with us, accept our heartfelt thanks; and when we are bowed down with cares, enable us to look up to Thee and to the heavenly world from whence comes our strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 15:5 (RSV)
He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, 
for apart from me you can do nothing. 

Philippians 4:13 (RSV)
I can do all things in him who strengthens me.