How strong are you? Maybe you are very strong because you workout? Perhaps you don’t have very much strength for a numerous reasons? Are you emotionally strong or not so much?
Well, it really doesn’t matter how strong you think you are because our strength comes from God anyhow.
God gives strength to all Christians, so if you are struggling with something, rest assured God will give you the strength to get through it.
However, like all things in Christianity, we cannot sit idly aside and think we will magically gain strength. No, we must do our part. In order for God to strengthen you and help you through the weary times, you must, first, be a Child of God. God promises to pour out His blessings and His strength on those who follow Him. Furthermore, in order for God to give you His strength, you must realize that you lack strength on your own, and you are weak without Him. God shines through our weaknesses and is glorified through them, so we may not boast, but His strength will be amplified! However, in order to trust Him in your weakness, you must be confident in His strength.
A strong Christian is one who relies on God.
So let’s look at Ephesians 6:10-11. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
What It Tells Us:
To be able to “stand against” means you must be courageous. You can have courage because you are confident in the Lord’s strength. Again, we are not bystanders in this war! We must put on the armor of God and stand firm in the trials. It is imperative to be confident in the Lord to stand against the devil.
So what is the armor of God anyway? Christ. You can read the specific pieces of armor Paul talks about in Ephesians, but in a nut shell the armor of God is Christ. When we put on Christ, He becomes our strength, and He fights our battles. Thank God! Honestly, I am tired of fighting battles by myself, and I don’t really like the idea of war, much less being caught in the middle of it! It is so relieving to know I can let Christ fight my battles for me! Wahoo!
God, thank you for being my strength. Forgive me for trying to fight my own battles instead of enlisting You to fight them for me. Help me to realize I cannot fight any spiritual battles on my own. Constantly remind me that I am weak on my own, and give me strength when I am weak. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Keep in mind, however, we cannot trust God without following His Will, even when it is uncomfortable. So, where is God pushing you to become uncomfortable?
Here is last week’s Wednesday Devotional just in case you missed it!