The Strength Of God

There’s a story of a runaway with no way home and no way out. I threw the best of me away. I had my chance, it’s too late now. Too far gone and too ashamed to think that you would still know my name. But, love refused to let my story end that way. You didn’t wait for me find myself to you. I couldn’t cross that distance even if I want to. You came running after me when anybody else would have turned and left me at my worst. Love moved first. What kind of grace, relentless grace would chase this rebel down. Crawl into this prisoner’s cage, take my hand and pull me out. You knew I couldn’t make the change-so you became the change in me and now I live to tell the story of the God who rescues. -Love Came First.

I didn’t write these words, but O how true they are for me, When you’ve hit rock bottom and have no where else to turn. God is always there to pull us out. Where would we be without His strength.

There’s A big difference between God’s strength and humans strength, and you will never make it by depending on human strength alone. The Lord is the one who will stand with us and strengthen us as we carry His rescue story to the world. We must depend on His strength. Friends and Family may forsake us, and others may fight against us; but we must know where our true strength lies.

So What does the word “strength” mean? First of all, it is the quality of being strong. Second, it’s power that comes from influence, it will give to greater strength. Third, it’s power that comes from authority, and God must be your authority. Then you can use that authority on the devil and trample him underfoot. Fourth, strength is power that comes from resources, and God must be your source of supply, if your going to make it to the end.

We must depend on God’s strength because humans strength runs out to quickly. Human strength rely on the things of the earth- food, sleep, exercise,water, sunshine,and so forth. But those things are not enough to make us strong in the Lord.

You must have and use divine strength of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost; it is never in short supply.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit (the Spirit of the Living God), Saith the Lord of Hosts.

Zechariah 4:6

When you depend on God‘s strength, it strengthens the whole person – soul, mind and body.

Paul Used God’s Strength

The apostle Paul knew exactly where his strength came from. He said:

At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me; I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthenEd me; that by my the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion (meaning out of the devils hands and his powers of evil).

Timothy 4:16-17

God delivered Paul from all his persecutors. They fought the Gospel, and they are in hell today.

Paul knew that God had called him to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, and we must know that God has also called us to take up the Gospel to the world. If we depend on God’s strength, we will know as Paul did that God will stand with us and strengthen us all the way.

Paul would have never made it without depending on God strength because he endured more trials and more persecution than any other apostle, yet he never failed. He set himself apart from those who only claim to preach the Gospel saying:

Are they ministers of Christ? (And I speak as a fool) I am more in labours and abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received by 40 stripes saved one.Thrice I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, I suffered shipwrecks and a night and a day I have been in the deep. In journeying often, perils of water, in perils of robbers, in perils by my our countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painful ness, in watches often, in cold and nakedness.

2 Corinthians 11:23-27

He endured much; yet he’s still said,

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, and reproaches, and necessities, and persecutions, and distress for Christ’s sake for when I am weak then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10

The word “infirmities” here does not mean sickness, it means trials, troubles and persecutions.

The Flesh Is So Weak

The Bible says, Let the weak say, I am strong (Joel 3:10). This Verse refers to the strong in the Lord; and when you are, you are strong and divine love, grace, and peace. There is no ego in any of those things. When the right arm and the right hand of God are moving for you you have nothing to fear. You are “God Strong” and “grace strong,’ never forget those two phrases.

It is true That in the human, we are weak; but Paul said we can live the Christ life through the power of God. For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we are also weak in him but we shall live with Him by the power of God towards you. (2 Corinthians 13:4). Jesus was crucified through the weakness of the flesh; but He lives by the power of God. Paul knew he had to live that way, too. He said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ in me. (Galatians 2:20),

We are strong in Christ through His grace, so we must depend on that sufficient grace. The Lord told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). When we are weak as humans, the strength of God will show up in us through His power. His live and His greatness. Paul goes on to say, “Most gladly, therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. I would have to agree with Paul, I would rather live with my weakness and have God power resting with me, then to be strong and not have the power of God.

The flesh is too weak to perform spiritual things or to fight the power of the devil. That is why Paul said, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-4).

Through divine strength, we can pull down the powers of the devil and stomp them under food.

Paul gave God his all; and before he was beheaded, Paul left these words to his son in the Lord, Timothy: “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to a reliable people who will also be qualified to teach other. Therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ- 2 Timothy 2:1-3.

God Made Paul Great For Him

Paul was an educated man: and before he was saved, he he,o one of the highest seats in the court of the Jews. He depended on his education,his position and his authority; and he had confidence in his own str. But after he was saved, Paul realized how weak his flesh really was; and he no longer had confidence in it. “For we are the circumcision” (that means circumcised in heart), “which worship God in the Holy Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3).

Paul knew he had been made a minister by God, not man. “Whereof I was made to minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power (Ephesians 3:7).

It is miraculous how God can take a sinner like Paul (Paul being the one who was a part of crucifying Jesus) and make him into a great teacher and preacher; but God has all the power, and Paul realized that. That is why he spend about 3 years in the desert with the Lord before he started preaching.

Paul knew he had to get ready; and he said, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mothers womb, and called me to his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood; Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned to Damascus. Then after 3 years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him 15 days (Galatians 1-15-18),

Never Trust Yourself

You can never trust the flesh because everything about it is weak, while everything about the Holy Spirit is strong. We have ti depend on the divine strength of the Lord and never our own glory.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:26-27, For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble; but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things in the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong.

People with a lot of higher education can become so caught up in what they know that they leave God out. This is why God takes people who are considered simple in the eyes of the world and makes them into magnificent witnesses. No one has to be highly educated to be able to understand the Gospel. It is so simple that any consecrated, dedicated, Holy Spirit filled person can understand it.

God will willingly give you His wisdom, but you must give him time and always give him the glory for it.

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