From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 11, 2019
Subject: It's March 11; Good Morning Union

“I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day.” —2 Timothy 1:12

Welcome back! Spring is springing and soon we’ll be complaining about how hot it is. Daylight savings time is also here so we have longer evenings of light. There are many good signs that we have indeed survived one of Lincoln’s most “wintery” winters!! And just think—only 35 days of classes until summer vacation!!

My text for this morning is one of my favorites. Because “I know”… I “am persuaded.” Time spent with God on a daily basis equips me to “know,” and with that knowledge and understanding I can move through life “persuaded” that “HE IS ABLE.” And that’s the operative phrase in my verse for today. When I understand and know by past experience what He has done for me and others, I have a new confidence that He will continue to do for me in the future. I KNOW He is able because I have equipped myself with that knowledge and understanding.

There is a catchphrase, though at the end of the verse—“That which I commit to Him.” I can know and I can understand what He is able to do, BUT if I don’t give him a chance He can’t do it for me! That’s how I interpret this verse in my own life. If I want Him to do what I know He is able to do, I have to give Him that chance by consciously giving it to Him. For me it is an intentional act of saying to God, “I want you to continue doing for me what You have done in the past for me, so I give you my life, I give you my choices, I give it all to You SO THAT You can do as You know is best, and as I know is best from past experience.”

If it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word—well, I KNOW what He is able to do if I let Him. The variable is my willingness to let Him.

Have a great day committing your life to Him SO THAT He can show you what He is able to do,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: “Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.”

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