But God

Never quote the first part of our Text for Today without quoting the last part.  They go together.

Text for Today – 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 – But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit . . .

Both words in our Second Miler title today have supernatural impact in their use.  The word, BUT is one of the most powerful and far reaching words in our language.  Used properly, it brings awesome hope and joyous anticipation.  Used improperly, it can leave a person in the depths of despair.  The word BUT is a conjunction that, when used in separating statements, indicates diversity, or a degree of separation, that basically nullifies or lessens in importance the first statement.  If you say, “I love you, but I have a problem with the way you act,” then the way you act carries more importance than the fact you love the person. If, however, you say, “I have a problem with the way you act, but I love you despite that,” you have made the statement of your love for the person of greater significance than their behavior.  Saying it in this way gives indication that you will endeavor to help the person overcome their behavior issue because you love them.  We should learn to put the faith statement after the “but,” not before it.  Once again, remember, BUT can destroy or create.  It’s placement and use is your choice.

And, of course, we realize the power of the Name of our God. GOD is the identifying Name of our Sovereign, eternally self-existent God in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  He is the Omnipotent God Who can do all things for him/her who believes. 

Now put BUT and GOD together.  What are you facing today?  It makes no difference how bad, tough, dim, or hopeless it looks.  Go ahead and recognize the problem, and then add, “BUT GOD.”  The doctor’s diagnosis is cancer, BUT GOD . . . the bills are piling up, BUT GOD . . . my child is rebelling, BUT GOD . . . my marriage is falling apart, BUT GOD . . . my business is going under, BUT GOD.  So, just what are your facing today?  If Jesus is your Lord, make the declaration right now, and do it boldly by faith, BUT GOD.  Bring the impact of BUT and the power of GOD to bear, together, against that infirmity.  Overcome it, defeat it, and rejoice in the outcome of . . . BUT GOD!

Manna for Today – Ephesians 2:1-7; Ephesians 2:11-13