Take Hold Of This Powerful Truth

This past Sunday I encouraged us all to rely on and find strength in the Holy Spirit. This is our power source as believers. He is the One who resides within us and is there to strengthen us. He is our helper! “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6).

I found a story in my favorite devotional book Streams in the Desert which I think pictures beautifully the truth I would like to convey to you today—

Once as I walked along the road on a steep hill, I caught sight of a boy on a bicycle near the bottom. He was pedaling uphill against the wind and was obviously working tremendously hard. Just as he was exerting the greatest effort and painfully doing the best he could do, a streetcar, also going up the hill, approached him. It was not traveling too fast for the boy to grab hold of a rail at the rear, and I am sure you can guess the result. He went up the hill as effortlessly as a bird gliding through the sky.

This thought then flashed through my mind: “I am like that boy on the bicycle in my weariness and weakness. I am pedaling uphill against all kinds of opposition and am almost worn out with the task. But nearby there is a great power available—the strength of the Lord Jesus. All I must do is get in touch with Him and maintain communication with Him. And even if I grab hold with only one finger of faith, it will be enough to make His power mine to accomplish the act of service that now overwhelms me.”

Seeing this boy on his bicycle helped me to set aside my weariness and to recognize this great truth.

May we all grasp this truth and the amazing power that is ours in Christ Jesus!

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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