“We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God” – Francis Chan

As followers of Christ we have been called to live the kind of lives that cannot be explained by effort, talent or opportunity alone.  While good stewardship requires that we use the resources available to us, in order to truly become what we were created by God to become, we must rely on His power and His presence in our lives.  This is truly the essence of the life that is abiding in Him.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

We will never please Him without faith because we will never accomplish all that He intends if we are not trusting Him for those areas that we are incapable and powerless.  There will, however, be a life that bears much fruit if our walk our focus and our power is found in Him alone. While the faithless life is safe and comfortable, the true reward comes to the person that will not rest until they know that things are accomplished in their lives are accomplished in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

2Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Let us strive to live in such a way that God alone can receive glory for all that is done through us.

Jeremy Stalnecker is the Executive Director of the Mighty Oaks Foundation which is dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their families who are suffering from the unseen wounds of combat. While growing up Jeremy’s only goal was to leave home and join the Marine Corps. This dream was finally realized with an active duty commission in 1999 which opened the door to serve as a Marine Infantry Officer during the opening days of the war in Iraq. One month after returning from Iraq, Jeremy entered full-time ministry and eventually accepted a senior pastor role. He later accepted a full-time position with the Mighty Oaks Foundation which brought together his ministry and military experience in a way that allows him to minister to hurting veterans, service members and their families. Along with his wife and their four children, Jeremy works to reach the hurting and provide healing found in Christ.

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