Stacie Orrico | “Strong Enough”

There are so many things that can drive a wedge between us as God.  We have to overcome the first of all enemies, the sin that so easily besets us [Hebrews 12:1].  This devious foe has been conquered through and by the blood of Jesus that was shed upon the cross on Calvary [1 Corinthians 15:50-58].  And yet on this side of God’s grace-filled application of Christ’s righteousness upon our sin-stained souls we can still fall prey to the lies of the Devil.  I know that I find myself wondering,  “Could it be true that You are strong enough?”  My amazement at God’s ability to forgive Sin is paled only in comparison to God’s ability to withhold His righteous and rightful judgment upon me.

Will my weakness for an hour make me suffer for a lifetime?
Is there anyway to be made whole again?
If I’m healed, renewed, and find forgiveness
find the strength I’ve never had
Will my scars forever ruin all God’s plan?

NO! it won’t.  God’s eternal purposes will be accomplished [Psalm 138:8, Psalm 57:2; Isaiah 55:11, Isaiah 46:10]. God is not made impotent, by my failures.  He shall forever be faithful [1 Corinthians 1:9]. Not for my sake, but for His.  I find this song moving every time I hear it.  I have included a prayer I wrote after having listened to it.

Oh God, have mercy upon me a sinner.  Father, Your love overwhelms me and yet I fight the tender strength of Your grip.  Help me to see that Your love is true.  That You have not withheld any of Yourself from me.  It is I who have failed to rely upon and rest in You.

Father I thank You.  I thank You for Your manifold blessings.  I thank You for Your entrusting of Your daughter’s into my feeble care.  I thank You that You have been long-suffering with me until the force of Your mercies and love have buffeted me, like waves breaking against the stubbornness of my pride.  You are my great God and heavenly Father are strong enough.  You are stronger than any mythological god or any evil this world can concoct.  You are worthy of my praise, yes You are.  You are worthy of my loyalty and devotion.  You alone stand as the great and might creator and sustainer of existence itself.  You are the ground of reality and not merely its dynamic force or animating agent.

Continue to work within me the work of salvation that will not be fulfilled until Your Son returns to this earth in final and ultimate victory.  Your ability to withstand the tantrums of a flawed man and not feel any distress upon Your character or authority demonstrates Your amazing attributes.  Father, I am in need of You.  I hunger and thirst for You and I ask that You supply my needs according to Your riches and wisdom.  Do not allow me to think that I know what is best for me.  According to Your will, let it be unto me.  Now and forever, Amen.

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I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, student, uncle and pastor in Columbus, Georgia. I am also an occasional blogger and growing twitter user.

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