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I am enabled


(From Merriam-Webster's online dictionary)

Main Entry: en·abler
Pronunciation: \i-ˈnā-blər, -bəl-ər\
Function: noun
Date: 1615

One that enables another to achieve an end; especially: one who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior (as substance abuse) by providing excuses or by making it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior.

As you can see by the 2nd part of the above definition, the word "enabler" has a generally negative connotation these days.

However, one day I was reading a lesson on, "The will of God" and I came across the following statement:

"...gospel obedience is more an enabled obedience than a required obedience. The Father does not make impossible demands and then stand back to watch us fail; instead, He gives us the Son and the Spirit by whom He enables us to obey Him."

Which puts the focus on the first part of the definition.....

WOOHOO.....God is my enabler!!

6 And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. Phil 1:6 (AMP)