I was struggling and praying while on the treadmill this morning. For eighteen months I have been hoarse from medication that I take for asthma. As a worship leader, it grieved me that the gift that had brought me such joy, had been taken away. I missed worshipping Him. So, I cried out to the Lord, asking Him to return my voice.
His response was swift, “Until now you have worshipped Me from your strength. Now I want you to worship Me from your weakness.”
Just then, I was finishing a hard workout when it dawned on me, that as I struggled with my weakness on the treadmill, doing something I disliked, He received the denial of my flesh as worship, because I had done it to honor Him in my body. And earlier, when I had encountered someone difficult, He had received my held tongue and kind response as worship, too.
In our strength, the glory we offer is constrained by our ability. But in our weakness, His power rests upon us, and the glory He receives far exceeds our limitations.~Julie Souza Bradley Lilly, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
In our strength, the glory we offer is constrained by our abilities. But in our weakness, His power rests upon us, and the glory He receives far exceeds our limitations.
Paul said, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1 NIV
Beloved, it isn’t just our feel-good worship He desires. We delight Him every time we sacrifice our will for His. Our obedience is the highest worship. It is in our pain, humility and struggle, that we take up our cross and follow Him (see Luke 9:23). And as we glorify Him in and through it, we, in turn, are strengthened and lifted up (see James 4:10). What a wonder, that even in our sacrifice, it is we who are ultimately rewarded.
What weakness do you have that God has used for His glory?
Father God, Your grace is all I need. Your power works best in my weakness. So, may I gladly boast about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power can work through me (2 Cor 12:9).
In Jesus’ Name ❤️ Amen
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, a self-professed chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Gift of Thorns Facebook ministry.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of prayer, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer, and most-importantly, a forgiven daughter of God. With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries and PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word in turning all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, one of Julie’s greatest joys is to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides, tucked in among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever. It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth, and mountain-moving faith.
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