Isaiah 40:28-30 (NLT)
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired and young men will fall in exhaustion.
In my quest to become stronger, I have embraced the philosophy of empowering my body, mind and spirit. Yet, even now my flesh rebels. Human strength is not necessary in the spirit realm but overcoming one’s flesh is. It seems that I can decide to walk by faith and not by sight. I can stir up the Spirit of God within me. But when it comes to crucifying my flesh to consistently walk in His Ways, I am with everyone else in the struggle. “I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.” (Romans 7:21-23) It is an endless battle between our mind, soul and body for control thanks to the sin that remains inside of us. Thankfully God has provided an ample measure of grace that affords us to stumble and get back up time and time again. God never grows weak or weary. He understands everything that we are going through because He has gone before us preparing a pathway for us. He will give power to the weak and strength to the powerless, but let’s face it…who wants to feel weak and powerless? We find the strength of God in His Provision of Grace found when we run out of self. It is then that we discover true power and victory in total dependency in Jesus Christ. Maybe it is true…what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (NLT)
“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”
The Lord’s Requirement of His People seems so simple. Love the Lord your God with ALL of your heart, ALL of your soul, and ALL of your strength. Commit yourselves WHOLEHEARTEDLY to these commands. Got it. Okay, maybe I don’t have it at all. Human nature is conditioned to be independent. God’s Way is total dependency on the Lord. How do we ever bring the two together to experience the Blessings of God? It’s easy…you don’t! The Lord has been straightforward in His Request for ALL of you. (Deuteronomy 11:8-9) He does not want parts of you but the sum total of our existence to bless us and make good on every promise. The key to obtaining the walking in the Power, Authority and Blessings of God is obedience. There is no other way to experience prosperity and victory in our life no matter how hard we try to do it. There is only One Way – Jesus Christ. (John 14:6) We must walk in His Ways and follow His Example to be victorious and overcome every obstacle in life. If you desire the blessings of God designated specifically for your life as an inheritance, you are going to have to give God your all and exhaust your flesh to have it. You must obey the Word of God to have the Will of God!
2 Samuel 22:30-37 (NLT)
In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. “God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock? God is my strong fortress, and he makes my way perfect. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow. You have given me your shield of victory; your help has made me great. You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.”
Walking on the elliptical machine at the gym, I could not help but notice the large pedals in which my feet were pressing down to continue the circular motion of the wheel. It reminded me of a child walking in their father’s footsteps or even his shoes. The large expanse allowed my foot to move around a bit but there are high edges that keep my feet from slipping out. God’s Grace works much the same way. As we learn to walk in the footsteps of our Lord, we may drift occasionally but His Grace is sufficient to guide us back in to right standing with God making us surefooted in any endeavor. Obedience keeps us on track. When I begin to walk on this particular machine, it’s easy. I feel like I could go for miles and miles. But over the course of about fifteen minutes, I run out of energy and my strength begins to wane. This is when I must really focus to keep going out of breath, every fiber of my being tells me to quit. But I have committed to walking for thirty minutes at a consistent pace and must decide to continue on this journey. This is no different than following Jesus Christ in life. When it feels good, seems right and we feel strong – then we continue to walk in His Ways. But when it takes too long, impatience sets in or something “better” comes along we stray off course and become distracted. The Lord will always make our way perfect, if we choose to walk in His Ways. He will make us surefooted enabling us to stand on faith in any situation if we commit our mind, soul and body to His Word. He will train us to do battle His Way in His Power, Strength and by His Authority if we remain dedicated to His Great Name. God gives us victory after victory. He even makes a wide path called grace allowing us to get back up when we fall down. The Lord gives us peace to accompany His Strength. (Psalm 29:11) He provides healing in His Power. (Proverbs 3:7-8) Godly wisdom allows us to move effortlessly along. (Ecclesiastes 10:10) However, we find God’s Strength and Power at the end of our strength and personal ability. We must exhaust human efforts and live by faith to achieve victory as He promised.
Psalm 18:1-3 (NLT)
I love you, LORD; you are my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.
It is human nature to constantly and continually rely on our own strength. It is imprinted in our brain as we grow, develop and mature. We make God our auto-pilot rather than handing over the controls. It would seem that we only cry out when everything falls apart or flesh completely fails but this is not God’s Way of perfecting our life and leading us to victory. It’s really not as difficult as we make it. If we commit ALL of our life to walking in God’s Ways, He will help you. (Psalm 37:4-6) The Amplified Version suggests that we learn to roll and repose the burden of our life onto the shoulders of the Lord. This is what Jesus is suggesting when He calls to those who are weak and heavy laden. (Matthew 11:28-29) The yoke that He is offering is faith and trust in God that will remove the weight that is keeps us from God’s Blessings in our life. He is not asking for a problem or to intervene when you can’t handle it, but is offering to carry every burden that you bear and fight every battle that confronts you. True strength is found in trusting God by faith. This is the secret to overwhelming victory in Jesus Christ. We must learn to continually seek the Lord and His Strength for our life found only His Way. (I Chronicles 16:11)
Luke 11:21-22 (NLT)
For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe—until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.
Human strength cannot take back what the enemy stole from you – but Jesus can! He did just that when He finished His Work on the Cross. You don’t have to fight the enemy for your stuff anymore. You do not have to overcome satan for your soul. Jesus did it all to perfection. If you choose to put all your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, your strength will automatically be renewed. There is no one more powerful than God! (I Corinthians 1:25) To read this will not change your life…but believing it by faith will! Such a mindset challenges our flesh where sin seems to dwell. We are constantly in a battle for our mind, soul and body as the enemy opposes us in desperation. Human strength and ability are worthless if they cause us to sin. (Matthew 5:29-31) We must learn to effectively overcome our flesh by faith in order to walk in obedience to God that leads us to victory every single time. It begins by recognizing the Power of God and learning to lean on it over our own ability rather than waiting until human strength is gone. Instead, we should put all of our strength in seeking the Lord and walking in His Ways wholeheartedly!
Daniel 10:15-19 (NLT)
While he was speaking to me, I looked down at the ground, unable to say a word. Then the one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing in front of me, “I am filled with anguish because of the vision I have seen, my lord, and I am very weak. How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.” Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”
Your pastor has keys to unlock the church. But Jesus Christ gave you the Keys to the Kingdom! You have the power and permission to come boldly into the Presence of God. Strength fills such a place. (Psalm 96:6) Physical strength is restored by living in the Presence of God. You will walk and not grow weary. You will run and not fall down. Daniel confessed human weakness. His human strength was gone as fear at what was to come overwhelmed him. All of a sudden, Daniel could feel his strength returning. God’s Word for his servant strengthened him that moment. Daniel did not go to sleep or eat a good meal to renew his strength. God did it as his servant humbled himself before the Lord. If only we all could learn to come to Jesus as Daniel remained before God. Living in His Presence faithfully day by day and experiencing the Lord’s renewal in these moments. As it was with Daniel, it can be with you. God want to make you stronger. He has great plans for you. You are to possess the land in every situation not by might but by my spirit says the Lord! Godly wisdom will secure us and keep us walking from glory to glory. (Proverbs 24:5) His Strength makes refreshing springs when we cannot see the road ahead blinded by our tears. (Psalm 84:5-7) My health will fail and my spirit grow weak but my strength is in the Lord. (Psalm 73:25-26) The victorious celebrate…(Psalm 89:16-18) Jesus overcame the world so that you could walk triumphantly through life. Those who win do not walk sullenly but leap and shout for joy! (Psalm 118:14-15) What are you waiting for? “So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.” (Hebrews 12:12-13)
Hebrews 11:33-35 (NLT)
By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.
Your victory is secured start to finish by faith in God that produces a life of belief. You don’t have to fight to win – Jesus won the battle on the Cross. You must fight the good fight of faith and win the battle for your heart. True strength is found in godliness when we give all that we are to Jesus Christ and allow Him to make our way straight! Personal strength only leads to disappointment. Only those who rely on God’s Unfailing Love will experience true victory living in His Presence and Power every day of our life. (Psalm 33:16-18) If you want to be strong, then confess your weaknesses before God. Give up…your life to Jesus Christ. Surrender your time, treasure and talent to fulfill His Calling first and everything you need is yours! You know I can go to the gym every single day and climb up on the elliptical, but if I do not begin to walk in those big pedals and get moving nothing ventured so nothing is gained. Knowing God’s Way will not produce victory until we walk in it. You will not find His Strength to you stop relying on your own! Let Jesus make you stronger today!
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.