Monday, October 20, 2014

Owen: no power of our own

Monday, October 20, 2014
    But [the Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
    —2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
    We can have no power from Christ unless we live in a persuasion that we have none of our own.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), V.4 in A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 619 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Acts 5:41; Rom. 5:3-5; 8:35-39; 2 Cor. 4:8-10,17; 13:4; Phil. 2:17; 1 Pet. 4:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, without You, I am helpless and condemned.
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