I am weak. I am a failure. I am a sinner. I am selfish. I am stubborn. We all have our weakness and struggles but we do not have to allow them to define us or defeat us. You and I are no different than Moses, Joseph, Ester, Peter or Timothy. We are human and flawed and without Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5). I may not be able, but thankfully GOD is!
Now unto him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).
He is able to GUARD my life
As we step into a life of faith, living for him will get costly. You will probably not get beaten or thrown into jail as the apostle Paul and other had been, but you still may suffer ridicule, get snubbed by others, lose friendships, or passed over for a promotion. We can be confident, however, that God is able to GAURD our lives and testimony as we strive to spread the message of hope found in Jesus.
I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day (2 Timothy 1:12).
He is able to HELP me resist temptation
We could all admit that when we are physically or emotionally distraught, we become more vulnerable to temptation and irrational decisions. Well imagine how Jesus felt as he took on humanity, the emotional burden of the people, the physical exhaustion of fasting for 40 days, and then the spiritual toil of being tempted by the devil. Yet we know that Jesus did not succumb to those temptations and rather He became our advocate and HELP available in our time of suffering and temptation. His ability to help us is based on his experience with temptation to sin and yet remain pure.
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Hebrews 2:18).
He is able to COMPLETE what He started in me
Although you and I are a work in progress, the Bible actually tells us that we are his masterpiece! A skilled and determined artist never leaves a piece undone. It took Michelangelo 4 painstaking years to complete his painting of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. His canvas, however, wasn’t rebellious, selfish and stubborn like humanity. God patiently and skillfully works his masterplan to continue his artistic design in you. We need only stand still long enough to see his big picture and then be submissive enough to obey as He transforms the old to new. His plans are to prosper us and not harm us. To give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).
God is able…
God is able to do immeasurably more! He is able to give me everything I need to complete his calling and destiny for my life. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Co 9:8). He is able to save, heal, deliver, restore, empower…the list can go on and on. In what area of your life do you need to see that God is able?
What do these verses contribute to their corresponding truth?
1. He is able to GUARD your life – 2 Timothy 1:14; 1 Corinthians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:8; Jude 1:24
2. He is able to HELP us resist temptation – Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 10:23; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
3. He is able to COMPLETE what he started in me – Romans 8:28-29; Jeremiah 18:3-4; Isaiah 64:8