“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you walked according to the course of this world….. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”(Ephesians 2:2,4)
Those 2 words (but God) changed everything for me and for you. I was once dead in sin….BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love…made us alive. Just let that truth sink in.
I know that I’m dead to sin….I know that I’m a new person in Christ. I’m so thankful for his mercy and love.
The other day I needed to do something. It was a big something that I didn’t think I could do. All I could think about was my weakness. Then I heard a still, quiet voice that said “but God.” I immediately started crying. I knew that I had let me weaknesses and circumstances choke out my view of my mighty God.
You see, the Lord is stretching me. He’s teaching me that He is truly a mighty God no matter what. Sometimes He and I go round and round. I like to remind Him of my weaknesses and He likes to remind me of who He is. I had let my own but get too big. Do you ever do that?
I want to get up early and spend time with the Lord BUT….
I want to get healthy BUT….
I want to talk to my friend about something that’s bothering me BUT…..
I want to stop eating sugar BUT….
I want to love my husband well BUT….
I want to forgive BUT…
I want to homeschool BUT….
I could do this all day long.
I’ve made a point to catch myself every time I say “but I” and I stop myself. I follow it up with BUT GOD! My but is getting smaller and BUT GOD is gets bigger.
When my friend, Liz Taylor, from Oh So Lovely, contacted me and asked what I wanted on a bracelet, I knew that “but God” was it! It’s a great reminder that no matter what I’m going through, He will go before me….and move mountains if needed. I wear this bracelet every day as a reminder of His truth. By the way, her work is beautiful!!!
I’m also memorizing some great truths. Here are a few of my favorite “but God” verses.
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
“But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.”
Do you have a favorite “but God” verse? What is God teaching you?