Strength by Faith

The bible has many verses about strength and encourages us to be strong in our walk with God. But where does true strength come from?  Is it from eating right and working out or does it come from cross fit? True strength comes from within ones self and the understanding that we are naturally weak creatures.  Our true strength should come from having God in the center of all our decisions and having comfort that He will help us overcome any obstacle in our lives.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But he has told me,  “My grace is all you need, because my power is perfected in weakness.”   Therefore, I will most happily boast about my weaknesses, so that the Messiah’s power may rest on me.

That is why I take such pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for the Messiah’s sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong.

When Paul was explaining to Corinth about the true power of the Messiah’s power he hit the nail on the head. He had a complete understanding that our weakness allows the power of Jesus Christ to come upon us in prayer.  Without understanding that basic principle in Christianity we are all lost.  No matter how much insults the world gives us for being different or how even now Christians are being persecuted and killed for their beliefs, it gives us the opportunity to put our difficulties for God to handle.  He hears all of our prayers and knows our trails and tribulations before they happen to test us. Will we rely on the only true strength of the world or not.

Isaiah 12:2

“Look! God—yes God—is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid. For the LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Isaiah wanted to tell the people one clear point in this verse, God’s faithfulness should motivate us to be obedient to Him.  By submitting and allowing God to work in our lives we find salvation. We should not be afraid of the bad things in this world, but rejoice in our trust in Him. &For the LORD is my strength.& Isaiah could not have put the point across clearer. Without God, we have no strength.  We are nothing without him and when we realize that we should rejoice.  When was the last time you sang a song or danced around because how good our God is? It may sound funny to some, but out God is amazing and should be praised highly for giving out life strength and purpose.

Many people take Christians as weak or too soft in nature.  But is it true? Psalm 118:14 “The LORD is my strength and protector, for he has become my deliverer.” By knowing how weak we are and that the Lord is who strengthens us is what gives us our true strength and an advantage over those who persecute and make fun of our beliefs. Faith is what helps us overcomes our hardships. Faith is what defines us as Christians and faith in Jesus Christ is our only solution for salvation. Have your been faithful lately? Please take some time today and pray and reflect on where you draw your strength from. Is it in Isaiah’s God? Is it in Paul’s Messiah? Is your faith in our Jesus Christ? If not, repent and set your priorities back in order.  Without Jesus Christ being the center of our heart and souls we will never truly know where true strength comes from.

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