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Strength is something that I battle physically every day and it affects many parts of my life. I have found that when my physical strength is low it will affect my spiritual strength if I allow it to. You may ask, “What do you mean by spiritual strength?” To me my spiritual strength is being able to pray against whatever may come my way on that day in the name of Jesus relying on Him and Him only. Am I going to give in to the physical pain and fatigue or will I say to myself, “In my weakness He is strong” or to make it more intimate I say, “In my weakness You are strong Lord.” This is what I call my free-thought prayers. Instead of dwelling on what I know to be coming from the enemy of my soul I strive to immediately fill that time (that free thought) with a quick cry out/prayer to the Lord. He is an everpresent help in time of need is He not? As I age a little more each year it seems those times of need are increasing but His grace is sufficient is it not? I still have a lot to learn about operating in a weakened state and it has been very hard because I always was a person who could go, go, go but many times it was going in my own strength even when I thought it was in His strength. I had no clear concept of His sufficiency back then but I now I have an amplified concept of His sufficiency and have been very humbled by it. And as I think about this humbling right now I have been reminded of Paul’s words in 2 Cor 12 which you will see below:
”Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:8-10
I don’t know that I’ve come as far as Paul (or ever will) as far as boasting in my weakness but I truly want Christ’s power resting on me so I will persevere in His word and praying His word in hopes of humbly boasting in my weakness. If you are struggling with weakness in any rea of strength or needing guidance I hope you will read the prayer below from the website Prayers for Special Help:
For Unfailing Strength
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: “The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him.”
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