The Excellence of God’s Power

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7

Knowledge is power. Winning and wealth are power. We all need some level of personal power to live healthy lives.  Subsequently, to possess power, we may work, struggle, bargain, cheat or steal.  What makes God’s power so excellent is that is it free, unearnable and undeserved. The weaker we are in our physical form or financial standing, the more His power can become the only explanation for our success, strength or solace.

Over and over throughout the Bible, God chose the underdog, the unexpected, and the unwanted to demonstrate what can happen when we unleash Him to use our weakness for His glory. Whether it is the under-rated quarterback who beats the odds and wins the day, or the terminally ill loved-one whose peaceful presence gives us the will to go on, it is in these excellent examples that all can see a power not of this world, but simply superior and definitely divine.

Sue Breland, Worship for One©

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God’s Beauty

Lately I have been reminded of God’s beauty. I see God’s beauty in a sunrise and a sunset. The colors are amazing. God also gave us beauty in the snow. Every snowflake is unique, no 2 are alike. Not only do we see God’s beauty, we can also hear God’s beauty in the songs of birds. 

God created us and God wants us to be His beautiful creation through His spirit that lives within us after we become a new creation.  With all the ugliness of recent weeks please focus on God’s beauty. Lift each other up in prayer and encourage each other. May you be blessed Beautiful Women of God.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. -Psalms 50:2

Lori Dill, 2021©

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Powering Your Bottom Line

power.jpgHe [God] never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. – Isaiah 40:28-29

Many are starting this new year deeper in debt than the year before.  A moment’s weakness may cost months of regret.  Financial instability can make life difficult, make us feel powerless, make us fearful of what lay ahead.  But our God is strong in our weakness and powerful in our feebleness and fear.

He can take control of our finances if we allow Him.  He can raise our bottom line and bring us into the black if we use divine accounting, that doesn’t always seem to make sense.  The more we give, the more we get, the less we have to fear in our finances or anything else.

Sue Breland, Worship for One©

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Made of Clay

clay-jars.jpgWe now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. – 2 Corinthians 4:7a

The human body is a fragile thing.  Just a fall, a few days without water, exposure to temperatures too cold or too hot; and our bodies will cease to function. It is not our physical frame, a shell of flesh and bone, wherein we find our real strength, but from the inexplicable spark within that drives us to go on when there seems to be nowhere to go.  It is an ineffable quality that fortifies our emotions and steels our mental toughness beyond mere corporeal matter.

For Christians, we know that it is God living in us that generates that power which holds us together when our frail vessels should fall apart.  While it is unlikely that one would put a treasure in brittle clay container, God came to live inside the vulnerable human heart to make us stronger than we could ever be without Him.

Sue Breland, Worship for One©

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Don’t Be on the Outside Looking In

Did God’s people [the Jews] stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles… Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it. – Romans 11:11-18

We’ve all been disobedient in some way, from time to time, and there’s always a consequence.  Our loss may be someone else’s gain.  Regardless of our actions, God’s purposes will be fulfilled, but it’s sad when we realize that we have been left on the outside.  It’s never too late, however, to begin to obey, especially around those small closets and cupboards in our lives that we keep hidden perhaps even from ourselves.

Our Father is never angry forever, and forgiveness is His specialty.  Through Christ we can all be “insiders” again and will celebrate together when everyone is living the blessings of obedience.

Sue Breland, Worship for One©

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Obedience & Inclusion

An important Ethiopian official happened to be going along that road in his chariot. He was the chief treasurer for Candace, the Queen of Ethiopia. The official had gone to Jerusalem to worship and was now on his way home. The Spirit told Philip to catch up with the chariot. Philip ran up close and heard the man reading aloud from the book of Isaiah. Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The official answered, “How can I understand unless someone helps me?” He then invited Philip to come up and sit beside him.  – Acts 8:27-31

Philip is often credited as being the first Christian missionary to the African continent.  The church didn’t send him, the Spirit of God did. God arranged this, not so chance meeting, but obedience to His call made all the difference.

Both men could have found reasons to avoid intersecting on that road:– race, social status, language, less than positive past experiences with foreigners or religion.  Some times obedience can be uncomfortable; Philip had to run, the official had to invite a stranger in.

Being inclusive is not an option, but an imperative in the Kingdom of God.  It is the extra steps that make all the difference.

Sue Breland, Worship for One©

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Real Love

Real SacrificeThis is real love — not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.  – 1 John 4:10

Sacrifice.  Do we really understand the depth of that word? The dictionary defines it as “the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.”  What could have higher value than your child – an only child?

To our God, it was us…everyone else’s child. Great love and great sacrifice go hand in hand. The more we learn about love, the more we can begin to understand how selflessness and giving are inseparable from the path of Christianity and our responsibility as His followers.

Sue Breland, Worship for One©

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The Last Words

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. – Matthew 28:19-20

If you knew you were leaving – never to have the opportunity to communicate again – what would you say? What would be the last words you would speak to your friends and family? Would it not it be the most important instructions, the deepest desires for your loved ones, the words that you would most want to be remembered after you were gone?   Yes, if we only had that opportunity.  Jesus knew this time had come and took full advantage of His last moments in a physical world; the last chance to speak to ears that could hear, if only they would.

At Community Bible Fellowship, we’re still listening today.  We take this “Commission” as our primary mission. Some years ago, we changed the name of our church to better communicate this most important, vibrant, life changing statement of love and comfort to a world that needs to not only hear, but experience Him through us.

Sue Breland, Worship for One©

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What Are You Thinking?

Just thinkingFor as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.  -Proverbs 23:7

This very old proverb may be better known in today’s psychology as self fulfilling prophesy.  If you think you’re going to have a bad day, going to fail at something, you probably will.  Our minds are a powerful thing.  Our thoughts not only lead us – they can drive us – some times in directions we don’t really want to go.

That is why God has given us so many warnings and advice to help us find the best in ourselves, for ourselves.  Paul wrote to the Philippians (4:8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

We can be as we think. We can become what we believe and want to be.  God’s gift is the promise that His best awaits us.  Let’s think about that!

Sue Breland, Worship for One©

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Finding Stability

InstablityAnd He will be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is his treasure.  -Isaiah 33:6

We’ve been in financially unstable times for some years now; recession, depression, Ponzi schemes, market dips and dives, a global pandemic – what’’s next? Yet staying trapped in fear of the future, pulling our possessions around us like a financial fort, may keep us safe for a time – but we can’t win our freedom– and we’re stuck in a self-imposed prison where we just might starve to death.  Isaiah tells us that God is the only stability we need – in any time.

When we look at what our finances actually bring, we find that wisdom, knowledge and the emotional stability our salvation brings, we have all the treasure we need to be financially free.

Sue Breland, Worship for One©

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