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Today’s Truth

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7, NIV

Friend to Friend

One of the most lovable and charming characters in the history of cartoon animation has to be Winnie the Pooh. He simply oozes adorableness and positivity.

In the film, “Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin,” Pooh and Christopher Robin, who are the closest of friends, have a moving conversation high in a tree where strength and love flow heart-to-heart as a beautiful words are spoken.

Christopher Robin: “Oh, Pooh. If ever there’s a tomorrow when we’re not together, there’s something you must remember.”

Pooh: “And what might that be, Christopher Robin?”

Christopher Robin: “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Pooh: “Oh, that’s easy. We’re braver than a bee, and, uh, longer than a tree, and taller than a goose… or, uh, was that a moose?”

Christopher Robin: “No, silly, old bear! You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is even if we’re apart; I’ll always be with you. I’ll always be with you. I’ll always be with you.”

On the night before his death, Jesus had a long conversation with his closest friends, his disciples. Though we can’t watch it on a movie, you and I, through the audio recordings of the divinely breathed Word, are able to eves drop on the intimate dialog that was recorded in the New Testament book of John, chapters 13-17.

I imagine the minutes were a blur that evening as Jesus sifted through the emotions of all that was to come. He knew that within hours, one would betray him, another would disown him, and all would make haste to separate themselves from him in his most excruciating earthly moments.

Yet, beyond the burden of his own pain, Jesus humbled himself to serve those he loved by washing filthy, calloused feet. Then Jesus had a moving conversation in an upper room and in a vineyard where strength and love flowed heart-to-heart as beautiful words of life were spoken to his cherished friends.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1)

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17)

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:26-27)

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:5, 7-8)

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:12-17)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

May these red-letter treasures serve as a reminder to you today that you are not alone or ill equipped for the challenges in your life. Take heart! You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think because the Spirit of God is at work within you to embolden, strengthen, and guide you.

Above all, remember this: he will always be with you. He will always be with you. He will always be with you.

Let’s Pray

Lord, Thank you for the presence of Your Holy Spirit in my life. Please open my eyes wide to all the courage, strength and wisdom you have for me in Christ. Crush my insecurities and doubts so that I might be an effective witness of Your power.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Fill in these blanks: “Today, I will face ____________ with the courage that the Lord provides for me instead of trembling in fear. In this area of weakness, ___________, I will ask God for strength and will trust that His grace is sufficient to provide what I need. And I will pray for wisdom and direction concerning ___________ so that the Spirit of God can guide me with divine wisdom which is far greater that anything I can come up with on my own.” {Did you do it? If so, let me know! CLICK HERE to visit my blog and say, “I filled in the blanks and am trusting God to equip me for every challenge!”}

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Gwen Smith is a speaker, author, worship leader, and songwriter who wants to help you think big thoughts about God – and inspire you toward His grace and truth. Her website is filled with videos, posts, songs and resources that will be a deep well of encouragement to you. Click here to visit her site. (Get 3 FREE song downloads when you sign up for her blog!)

19 Responses to “You Are Braver, Smarter and Stronger Than You Think”

  1. Bethany says:

    Gwen,
    Thank you Lord! For your truth and insight! I am literally just beginning to be sober for the first time in 20 years and today I was so scared that I was trembling with fear and felt God had left me! Your written word today, the words God gave you to write today are exactly what I needed and He knew that! Thank you God for saving me from myself and sin! Thank you Gwen for letting the Holy Spirit shine brightly through you! Amen!!

    • Lisa says:

      Dear Bethany,

      May the Lord continue to hold you in His mighty, gentle hand as you walk in sobriety. There is nothing, dear sister, that you and He cannot accomplish together. Praying His blessings on you and His spirit within you.

    • Jennifer says:

      Big hugs. Praying for you to overcome your addictions. Peace be with you.

    • Rochelle says:

      Bethany,

      Please know that all things are possible through Christ who strengthen and keeps you. You are his child;he loves and cares for you. Please continue to lean not on your understanding but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path great. Live moment by moment and that will alleviate anxiety and stress. I believe in you and you will overcome this addiction. This addiction will not defeat nor overcome you.

  2. ET says:

    “Today, I will face the people of this world with the courage that the Lord provides for me instead of trembling in fear. In this area of weakness, fear, I will ask God for strength and will trust that His grace is sufficient to provide what I need. And I will pray for wisdom and direction concerning His will & the broken souls around, so that the Spirit of God can guide me with divine wisdom which is far greater that anything I can come up with on my own.”

  3. Dawn says:

    What an uplifting, comforting, and positive start to the day! The red letter words bring an amazing peace just reading them. And, who doesn’t love Pooh! Thanks Gwen!

  4. Rinah says:

    Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for giving me strenght and courage, for always reminding me how great Your love is, that i should not think of my insecurities, that no matter what I’ve been through (and will be) You are always there to give me comfort and peace. True happiness and love is YOU. Amazing grace!

  5. Shelli says:

    Thank you for GIG. I’ve strayed so far for many years and am pleased to have found this site. “Today, I will face food with the courage that the Lord provides for me instead of trembling in fear. In this area of weakness, over eating, I will ask God for strength and will trust that His grace is sufficient to provide what I need. And I will pray for wisdom and direction concerning food so that the Spirit of God can guide me with divine wisdom which is far greater than anything I can come up with on my own.”

  6. Linda says:

    I’m really blessed to have stumbled across this when I was unable to sleep at 4 am due to so many fears and doubts for my future. I’m a 65 year old women studying her head off for an upcoming test in her workplace which I know the results will have an effect on my new boss determining if it’s time for a younger person in my position. I’m stressed to tears and cannot afford at this time to retire. Your post help calm these fears and reminded me I am stronger with God by my side. Thank you

    • Cyndi says:

      Linda,

      Ironically, another friend of mine is named Lynda and she is going through a similar situation. I want to encourage you. My friend has been struggling for years with her boss and work. For years she has been doing the work while others have been recognized for it. She determined never to give up and continue to trust God. They finally fired her and found out the truth. Just a few months later they begged her to come back and offered her more if she would accept. Her story reminds me that while God does not always remove us from the storm, HE promises us HE will be with us and help us safely through the storm. We can trust HIM. HE has you in this place and right in the palm of HIS hand. You can trust HIM. I will be praying for you!

  7. Alicia roark says:

    Gwen, you have NO IDEA how much I need this at this very moment! thank you so much! God bless you!

    Love,
    Alicia roark

  8. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for this beautiful and powerful post this morning! What a great start to my day!

  9. Britaney says:

    I really needed this today. I have been living with a bit of fear and heartache – which is mostly anxiety about something that has not happened! This helped me. Thank you Gwen!

  10. ROSE says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful prayer and reminder that fear is not a part of God’s plan for us. I filled in the blanks. Yes, I believe.

  11. Julie says:

    Gwen, I’m struggling with my faith. I seem to discard my will to believe every time I let the world tell me what is and what isn’t. I did fill in the blanks and I will spend the day doing my very best to not question but to believe.

  12. Jessica says:

    Thank you for your message, I prayed!

  13. Rochelle says:

    Gwen, I thank God for you and greatly appreciate your words of wisdom. I have been dealing with a major crisis in my career lately. It has truly been a test of my faith and I have had to trust God and know that he is here with me and will never leave me. The enemy is trying to destroy my career after thirty years of government service and within eight years before my eligibility for retirement. I needed this message and will continue to trust God while standing on his word.

  14. JACKLINE says:

    am from kenya and i have been following your daily devotions for the past one year now and they have made a great impact in my life.
    Thankyou for reminding who i really am in Christ. its gives a heavenly feeling to know that am not a servant of Jesus but his friend. i love that.

    you need to plan a visit to kenya one day in future.

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