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Endlessly Strengthened

Day 159
Verse of the day.

Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power…

Colossians 1:11

We as humans are by nature very weak. And in an attempt to cover up our weakness, we put up a front, doing everything in our failed might to prove that we are strong. The irony in this is that it, in fact, shows how much more weak we are.

God is strong and every strength comes from Him. Even His seeming “weakness” as displayed on the cross, was a showcase of His strength. He is never tired, never weak. He is the “rock of ages”, unshakable and unmovable.

When we speak of strength, perhaps the first thing that may come to mind is a forceful action, for example in God’s service. However, true strength is not forceful. It is expressed in ways that we may not expect: for example, faithfulness in God’s service, strength to forgive, love for the completely “unlovable”. Also, to lay down our “rights” for another (even as Christ did) requires strength. Strength makes us willing to be humbled even in our many abilities and privileges. Consistency in spiritual disciple requires strength also.

True strength is expressed in so many usual and unusual ways that we in ourselves do not have. Which is why God will not ask us to be strong and end there.

We are encouraged to be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides] (Ephesians 6:10)

To be strong in the Lord is to rest in Him, it is to be united with Him. This union empowers us. Our only responsibility in this is simply to “be strong in Him”, to “draw strength from Him”. In other words, God wants us to rest in His strength and draw from the endless well of His power. This is why it is those who “wait on the Lord” that will be renewed in strength.

Forceful and intense efforts are a poor substitute for the Spirit’s gentle, penetrating power. The mere fact that we use the word “try” in relation to the Christian life is an indication of weakness. It is when you stop “trying”, come in your weakness and humbly rest in Him that you will see His “strength made perfect in your weakness”.

Today’s Confession:

Lord, thank You for Your strength. I am in myself weak but You are strong. I rest in You today and draw from the endless well of Your strength.

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