How many times have you felt discouraged? How many times have you felt so weak and helpless that you could do nothing? These are awful feelings that literally paralyze you from taking action. One of the things that we, the Body of Christ must realize is that the only tool the devil has at his disposal is deception – that is he wants you to believe you aren’t when God clearly says you are and that you can’t when God clearly says you can. Consider the text:
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)
This is one of my favorite scripture and, like many of my other favorites, it’s what I call an unqualified scripture.
That is, ALL means ALL!
I’ve learned there is nothing I can’t do when I’m conscious of the ever-present help of God in my life. Not only can I “slay the dragons” in my secular job, I can bring atmosphere-changing peace into a room. I can heal the sick. I can deliver the oppressed. I can raise the dead.
But it’s not by my power or might, but by the Spirit of the Lord. I’m strong in Him.
On my own, I may find it difficult to bench press my bodyweight. In Christ, I can tell a mountain where to go and what to do!
On my own, I may struggle with what to do for a cramp. But, in Christ, I can manifest His healing power to many!
On my own I may struggle with hunger. But, in Christ, I can feed a multitude.
When I’m strengthened in the Lord, he gives me the power and torque to climb hills:
The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds ‘feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. (Habakkuk 3:19)
God gives us the strength to overcome every obstacle!
When we find ourselves in a Garden moment, struggling between our will and His will, God will send His angels to remind us of who we are in Him!
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. (Luke 22:42-43)
God dwells within the hearts of each and every believer. He wants to strengthen our inner man – the New Man we spoke of! In order to strengthen the inner man – the New Man – we need constantly move the essence of the Holy Spirit from our hearts to our minds. This is the process Paul spoke of in Romans 12:2
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (Ephesians 3:14-17)
At some point in our lives, we will feel discouraged. When we feel discouraged, we are in a weakened state. It is often during these times that the enemy turns up his deception machine full force to take advantage of us. We need to be like David, who sought solace and encouragement in God:
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6)
The antidote to weakness is to confess your strength – the strength that can only be found in Christ. There’s an old saying that your confession is your profession:
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. (Joel 3:10)
Here’s the really Good News – that in the midst of your struggle, in the midst of what you perceive to be weakness, in the midst of your storm, God’s Spirit has taken up permanent residence in you! He will never leave nor forsake you!
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Deuteronomy 31:3)
Do you get that? God will not only never leave nor forsake you, but He will never fail you!
To put an exclamation point on this, we need to remember our power source. Just like a lamp is just a paperweight unless it is plugged in, we have to know what – or whom – we are plugged into. When we realize that it is God’s power that is available to us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we should come to know-that-we-know-that-we-know that all things are possible to those who believe.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (Ephesians 6:10)
When we substitute our strength for His or, better yet, when we exchange our weakness for His strength, we open a door of possibilities!
Say to yourself, “I am strong in the Lord!” Say it daily or as often as needed, until it coats the walls of your spirit!
© 2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)