God hasn’t provided us strength just for ourself, but its also for our neighbor!
There have been countless times in my life when I felt so weak in faith, drive and passion to go forward that I gave up a many a time.
It took people that were strong in the areas that I wasn’t to hoist me up by the under arm and tell me I could make it, God was with me and that I could do all things through Christ that strengthens me.
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
Romans 15:1-2 NASB
Those that have come along side ne and remained a constant in my life helping be a strength have never been stingy with sharing their strength with me. They have lifted me up and helped me walk in things, they have shown me I could do things I didn’t think possible.
They have gave of there abundance of strength even when theirs was lower than usual. We are to be a burden lifter for our neighbors.
It is by there example that I have learned to share my strength with others to help them if its not but listening, a kind word, a smile.
Strength that God has for us is not just for our own pleasure but to use to help others. This is a way to spread the love of God to the world.
Share your strength with others and be a light of Gods love!
When fear creeps in look to God.
There have been numerous times fear has come into my life and took its grip on me. So much so, in areas of life I was paralyzed in moving forward in.
Fear can be a dibiliating faction in a life if it is left undealt with. Much of my life has been lived out of a place of fear over faith and trust.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 NASB
When it was made aware to be through councel that I wasn’t living or acting by faith and it was through fear I was presented the choice to make the change to either remain living in fear or begin to trust and live by faith.
Pastor often reminded me of 2 Corinthians 5:7 where Gods word proclaims that we are to live by faith and not by sight.
This one was baffaling to a mind that had constantly tried to figure everything out, to want to know what God will do next, to over plan and prepare to the point of never living in the moment.
The more I learned to let go and have faith its slowly set freedom from planning, stressing, over preparing to the point of not living in now, and worry. That I can and have been finding the now moments are where it matters.
That now knowing God is in control and I have nothing to worry about if I fully beleive Him at His word and name sake. God is not a God that should lie, he takes every thing that happens to us in life to use if for the good.
He knows us and its up to us to get to know Him. He wants that desire in us to develop a close personal relationship with Him so we can look to Him in all things, be our strength in times of weakness and help bring peace to us during any anxious situation.
In the power of His might…
There are times in life we can feel like a lion, ready to take on anything and every thing that comes along. But what happens when the lion becomess battle worn and strength is fading.
Well I know I have found myself slowly down the years becoming battle worn. It was for a good solid ten years plus that each year or every six months it was something new that came along to deal with.
From 2007 til even still now currently there have been many medical emergencies or issues or treatments that have taken place. Each requiring time away from home, traveling long distances and little to no sleep.
Much of that now as I look back on it was done within my own strength. Yes, I beleived in God during the midst of all of it, but I didnt trust and rely on Him to see me through alot of it. It been in coming to Reformation Developmental Center, that has taught me some fundamentals of how God works. He works when I am at rest.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Ephesians 6:10 NASB
How is that so right?
Hebrews 4:11 says our labor should be to enter rest. When my soul is inwardly busy trying to do everything on my own then I am not at rest, I am also operating from my own strength.
The teaching I have been sitting under has helped me learn to calm my soul at times. Learn to pray and cast things and wait for God to speak on what should be done.
This principles that Pastor Juanita Gibbs has taught me have helped me not be so overwhelmed, burnt out, and anxious in things as they arise in life. This keeps my weaknesses where I can pull on Gods perfect strength to make it through anything.
Recognizing I am not strong in things and humbly asking God to meet me has helped so much. I still have much more of this to practice, but what I am practicing in my life has helped so much.
Our souls need strength from the spirit!
In times of weakness our souls (mind,will, and emotions) search for strength. Well, I know mine does. It searches for a security to hold onto and be held by that can only come from the embrace of truth from God.
Its in those weak places where crying out to God can meet the depths of need from within. Journaling, worship, prayer, meditating in truth and often times quietening the soup to hear the still small voice of the spirit saying “Daughter, I am looking out for you” comes and comforts the heart.
strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
Acts 14:22 NASB
Relying on Him in all things helps us to trust in God and strengthen out souls. It helps shift our mindset from things of this world to setting out thoughts and affections on things above(Colossians 3:2).
This helps us persevere in the faith and keep pressing on knowing in whom we have trust and hope to he ever with us to see us through. The anchoring of our faith in the Rock that is Jesus helps when trials come.
Yes, we may be swayed in our emotions, all in our logic, and bend our will to be of our own choices. But, with enough of the truth if the word in us we wont go too far off course and get back on track and end up being stronger than we once were.
May we keep fighting the good fight of faith with our spiritual weapons, yeilding the sword and going to war in prayer. Battle prep has a training and strengthening ground and its on between trials we should be prepping for the next battle.