The strength you want most may not be the strength you need most, because the weakness you feel may not be the real source of your weakness.
When we begin to feel weak or exhausted, it may be that we’re physically worn out – from work, from relationships, from parenting, from life. We all have days we could go to sleep early, and still sleep until noon – at least if it weren’t for, well life.
Diet, exercise, and sleep all factor into our strength for any given day, but only incrementally compared to Spiritual resources we need. The strength we really need most from God today isn’t weighed in calories or defined by REM cycles, because the most important things He has called us to do today run deeper and higher that what we typically see and feel.
What Kind Of Strength?
Seven words leapt off the page at me, when I was reading the account of Saul’s conversion the other day, in Act 9 – probably because I have felt especially weak in the stress of things in my life. In Acts 9:22 Saul increased all the more in strength.
Christ had blinded Saul after confronting Him on the road to Damascus.
Saul was so disoriented and awestruck that he had refused to eat or drink for three days. He was physically depleted. Then Ananias came along and laid hands on Saul to heal and anoint him, Luke says “Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regain his sight. I think most of us need to in a sense has the scales that are on our eyes.
Acts 9:18-19 tells us the Saul rose and was baptized. and taking the food, he was strengthened. Food helped. He began to regain physical strength he lost without food or water.
But the word Luke uses for strength three versus later is different: “Saul increase all the more in strength, And compound the used Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ” (Acts 9:22). Luke uses the Greek root of this strength, and various forms, 86 times in his Gospel and the book of Acts – and none of them were talking about food or sleep. We’re talking about power and ability, and very often the power and ability to the supernatural – understand and explain the word of God in Acts 18:24 to heal, Luke 9:1 to do good, Acts 10:38, or perform miracles, Acts 8:13, or to witness to Jesus Acts 1:8.
In fact, many other texts refer, directly or indirectly, to what God Himself can do for instance in Luke 1:37 ; 5:17, 21 ; Acts 2:24, even though He Chooses to do it through people like Saul. When you saw increased all the more and strength, God wasn’t refreshing his body to survive another day; He Was filling him with power to do the impossible. That is the strength you and I need most today
Stronger In God
So how do you live in Florida and work in that kind of strength? Saul, Who we also know as the apostle Paul, went on to write 13 letters to churches, and use the same verb seven times and his writing. Each one uncovers the aspect of the real, genuine strength we need to do the spiritually impossible.
Strengthen In Faith
No I’m good he made him waiver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised (Romans 4:20-21).
Strength we need mouth doesn’t begin in our arms or legs or back, but somewhere deep in your soul. The fatigue we feel physically should remind us how quickly our hearts are prone to wander and fail. Wisdom will ask God for strength and faith for more often than it will ask Him to strengthen the body.
Strengthened By Grace
We can become strengthened by the grace that is in Christ (2 Timothy 2:1).
The strength we need most is not earned, achieved, or micromanaged. It is given as a gift, to the undeserving. If you think you can schedule, diet, or even sleep your way to real strength, you will always laugh with resources you need to glorify God. The strength we need most is not earned, achieved, or micromanaged. It is given as a gift, to the undeserving. If you think you can schedule, diet, or even sleep your way to real strength, you will always laugh with resources you need to glorify God. Real strength knows that apart from Him we can do nothing.
Strengthened With God’s Strength
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10).
When you experience real strength, It will not only because you finally tap into your strength, But because you finally gave up relying on your own strength. Society may want you to believe you are filled with the unbound potential to accomplish the impossible, but the key to achieving anything truly meaningful or lasting is realizing we will not achieve anything truly meaningful or lasting on our own. If you feel weak, you do not need more of you; you need more of God.
Strength Against Evil
Ephesians 6:11-13 says Put on the whole armor of God, that you may able to stand against schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but… against the spiritual forces of evil and heavenly places.
God fills us with his strength and issues of His armor for more than that I can see. He is not simply preparing us to survive another day at work, or marriage, or family, or even ministry. He’s preparing us to defeat the devil, to stand in His strength against evil – The evil deceiving us from within the evil attacking us from within. If you try to battle Satan and his demons on your own, burn out will be the we least of your problems.
Negatively, God strengthens us against evil. Pit positively, God strengthens us to serve. That’s right we need milk today it’s not meant for you to keep for yourself, but to extend for the good of others. When God showers us with his grace and synthesis strength, He Means for it to be spent in love on our needs and interests of the people in our lives. When we use the strength we receive from God to serve others and not ourselves, He gets the glory (Matthew 5:16). We serve “ by the strength that God supplies – an order that everything God may be glorified through Christ Jesus” (1 Peter 4:11).
Strengthened To Speak
The Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it (2 Timothy 4:17).
We don’t only serve In God’s strength. He also strengthens us to say something. He also strengthens us to say something about Him. We don’t need strength mentally to do the right thing – at home, at work, in our neighborhood – but to speak up about the courage and boldness about Jesus. When you ask God for strength to do what He has called you to do toda, remember your first and greatest calling is to spread the Good new of your God and Savior.
Strengthened For Every Circumstance
I have learned that whatever situation I am in to be content. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether we’ll few or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all these things through Him who gives me strength.