Relying on God’s Strength, Not My Own

What does the word “strength” mean? First of all, it is the quality of being strong. Second, it is power that comes from influence; and when God is your influence, it will give you great strength. Third, it is power that comes from authority, and God must be your authority. Then you can use that authority on the devil and trample him underfoot. Fourth, strength is power that comes from resources, and God must be your source of supply.

We must depend on God’s strength because human strength runs out too quickly. Human strength relies on the things of the Earth—food, sleep, exercise, water, sunshine and so forth—but those things are not enough to make us strong in the Lord.

There is a big difference between God’s strength and human strength, and you will never make it by depending on human strength alone. The Lord is the one who will stand with us and strengthen us as we carry His Gospel to the whole world, so we must depend on His strength. Friends and relatives may forsake us, and others may fight against us; but we must know where our true strength lies.

One of my greatest weaknesses is that I believe “I can do it all.” I want to be able to work a full-time job, work over 20 hours on my business, volunteer, coordinate events, workout 6 days a week, pursue graduate school, and be a daughter, sister, and friend, all in my own strength.

One of my greatest weaknesses is that I believe “I can do it all.”

The reality is that, the majority of the time, I consider my identity tied to what I can or cannot do. I let my feelings, emotions, actions, and lack of thereof define who I am. Guilt and fear overwhelm my heart and I become too paralyzed to attempt any of the things I am “failing” at. This translates to all my roles: daughter, supervisor, friend—but more than anything it affects my view of God and my understanding of salvation.

My belief that “I can do it all” is really a reflection of my sinful heart. My pride and ideas of self-sufficiency are displayed [in all colors and shapes] in these areas of my life. Admitting this is hard. Saying I am proud is hard—and hurts my pride! But the grace I experience on the road of repentance is beautiful. James 4:6 tells us, “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” Again—but He gives more grace. Isn’t that beautiful?

When we come to the end of ourselves, recognizing and repenting of our sins, He who sits on the throne and judges every living creature doesn’t put a tag on us or condemn us, He gives us more grace because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross.

If you, like me, need your soul to remember the wonders of the Gospel today, I encourage you to read:

Isaiah 53:4–6; Romans 3:23–24; Romans 4:4–5, 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; Galatians 3:13–14; Philippians 2:6–8; Colossians 1:19–20; Colossians 2:13–14; Titus 3:4–7; Hebrews 2:14–17; and 1 Peter 2:22–25.

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