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Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives strength to those who are tired;to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy. Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble. But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.

Living out our faith is a give and receive process. We give our all led by the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus. We receive "renewed strength" from the Lord, and it is because we choose to depend upon Him fully when we are weak. We choose to receive this dimension of His grace that relentlessly looks to Jesus for every single need. 2 Cor. 12:9 says, "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

Hebrews 7:26-28

For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.  He has no need to do every day what those priests do, to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people, since he did this in offering himself once for all.  For the law appoints as high priests men subject to weakness, but the word of solemn affirmation that came after the law appoints a son made perfect forever.

The priesthood of Jesus Christ is permanent. The NLT states it this way, “God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.” Words like “perfect” and “forever” carry weight and certainty. It is because of Jesus that the door to right relationship with God stands open. His permanent role as our High Priest is good news for us, because through Him we have the hope of a present and future with God. By paying our debt, Jesus brought us from certain death, to the promise of eternal life in Him. Recognize today the glorious riches of His grace.

Romans 8:33-39

Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us.  Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If you believe in Jesus today think about the incredible grip He has on you, and what that means about how God sees you. What does it mean to be “more than a conqueror”? Nothing has the power to take you from Jesus! Death, demons, Satan, cancer, heartbreak, calamity, abuse, neglect, making mistakes; everything fails to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. You are cherished and amazing, valued and precious. You are His treasure. If you do not believe in Christ today and are reading this; you are not out of God’s reach, and He loves you something fierce. Believe.

Isaiah 40:28

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is an eternal God, the Creator of the whole earth. He does not get tired or weary; there is no limit to his wisdom.

Today's challenge is to believe that God's understanding is unsearchable. Every day I encounter situations that I do not fully understand, yet I belong to a God who does understand...perfectly. Our surrender to His leading makes us instruments of His grace every single day. Our God never grows tired, yet He chose to rest on the seventh day of creation to show us that rest is a necessary part of living. Rest in the knowledge that God always understands. We do not have to convince Him of our situation or prove our case - He knows exactly what is going on. He is with us. Cry out to the Lord and let Him renew your strength!

1 Corinthians 14:29-33

Two or three prophets should speak and the others should evaluate what is said.  And if someone sitting down receives a revelation, the person who is speaking should conclude.  For you can all prophesy one after another, so all can learn and be encouraged.  Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets,  for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace.As in all the churches of the saints,

Peace should be infused throughout the church of Jesus Christ. There is no corner of ministry or service that should escape that influence. Today’s example is order in exercising the gifts of the spirit: namely prophecy. Detailed instructions are given by Paul here, and it is interesting on a few accounts. He has prophets speaking to the body, and has them doing so in an orderly fashion, each taking turns as the Spirit of God leads them to. There is nothing forced here, yet there is also nothing squandered. This format trusts the Holy Spirit to prompt those who are meant to share the revelations they receive from the Lord. In all we do as the church of Jesus Christ we must continually seek peaceful order, not for order’s sake and not to force legalism upon anyone, but because it reflects the character of God.