Daily Devotion for October 17

A Day with Joni ~ Strength

…that He would give you, according to the riches of His glory, power to be strengthened by His Spirit in the inner man…
– Ephesians 3:16


“Lord, give me strength.” That’s a mother’s prayer, for sure. We all need it. How can we stand up under the weight of the world? How can we bear up when circumstances turn sour? What remedy can be found to alleviate the pressures that mounts when life goes crazy? What we need, the Bible calls the strengthening of the inner man. If the inner man is compromised, the soul will be crushed under the weight of the world. Consider this truth: He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). The stress in our culture must be met by the ever-increasing strength of God in us. We’ll be able to say, like the apostle Paul, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8). Before this day is over, you will run up against it – you’ll encounter some kind of pressure to compromise. Turn to Him! Christ in you, overcomes the world. God of strength! Will You meet me today, strengthening the inner-me, for whatever lies ahead? I am glad You know how this day will unfold. Nothing in it will surprise You or overwhelm You. I cannot say the same about me. Help me, Jesus! Give me strength, I pray.

Further Reading
  • Jeremiah 30:1-31:26
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-15
  • Psalm 87:1-7
  • Proverbs 25:18-19

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