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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"The Sustaining Christ"

July 31, 2006

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"Apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5

Power plays an important role in our lives. Strength that sustains is the concern of everyone. People buy vitamins, herbs, health food, and all sorts of exercise equipment to keep them strong and well. Many emphasize exercise of every description to develop more physical strength. To live the full, abundant life, a person must have a full and confident faith. Many have discovered that while they were physically strong, they allowed themselves to become weak, frightened, and powerless because of their misdirected thinking.

When the will of man is misdirected and the mind of man is confused, confident power is missing. Faith in Jesus, the divine Savior, is important, not only to live confidently but also to do that which is pleasing to God. That is what Jesus means when He says, "If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit" (John 15:5).

When Christ rules our hearts and lives and our faith is focused on Him, His power will make us able to meet every situation in life and in death as God would have us meet it. We can say, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13).

PRAYER: Blessed Lord Jesus, source of all goodness and strength, dwell in our hearts to make us strong forever. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 116-118    1 Thessalonians 4

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