When You Need Strength

When You Need Strength

 

When I was in sixth grade, I could beat all the boys (except one) Indian arm wrestling with our left arms. I was left handed. (Smile). Ernest Torres was the one boy who beat me every time, even though he was not left handed. He was just plain strong. I hated that. He ruined my record. My claim to fame.

Now, many years later, not one of my elementary school friends probably remember this arm wrestling talent and how strong I was. They probably remember that I always wore my hair in braids like Laura Ingalls, and I had a crush on Tyson Tisdale.

Strength has always been important to me, but my dad also made it important. I remember one night when I was in high school talking with my dad. and crying about something. I have no memory of what initiated the tears, but I will never forget my dad’s frustration and words. “Get a backbone!” He demanded. He wanted me to be strong.

There are days when I’m strong and days when I’m not.

Days when I just want to crawl up in my bed and pull the covers over me and hide. Do you have those days? Some days I’m gung- ho and can do all that is set before me, and then there are moments when I want to get lost in the crowd and disappear. But all that changes when my eyes are taken off me and placed on Someone better, stronger, more stable, and constant.

When my eyes are on YHWH, my strength no longer matters.

His does.

He doesn’t demand me be strong. He offers me His strength instead.

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What I’ve been taught–what many of us have been taught– about strength is wrong, and we need to do some mind shifting.

When it comes to strength, we think we need to stir it up inside, but the truth is, we can’t. Sometimes anger or pride will give us the strength we need. But that strength never bears good fruit.

We need to replace our old, wrong thoughts with Truth.

Though we don’t realize it, strength can be interwoven with pride and the need to control. But when we are weak, then we are strong.  (2 Cor. 12:10)

Jesus promised Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).

Are you feeling weak? Come receive His grace and strength. Lean on Him. Thank Him for your weakness, and ask for His strengthening grace.

 

Bible Reading Plan

 

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How to Use the Bite of Bread

Take a screen shot of the image, or write the verses down in a journal. One of my friends prints the post and hangs it up for the week. I also have provided a printable here with the verses and extra prompts to deepen your time in the Word. Take some time this week to journal your thoughts on strength and pray for new understanding about this topic as God sees it and uses it.

Sneak Peek

Exodus 15:2: “The Lord is my strength and my defense  he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10: “ Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Psalm 18:1: “I love you, Lord, my strength.”

1 Peter 4:11:  “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Ephesians 1:18-19: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength  he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms . . . “

1 Chronicles 16:11, 28: “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.”

 

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Digging Deep,

 

Andy

 

 

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7 thoughts on “When You Need Strength”

  • 1
    Lesley on August 22, 2017 Reply

    These are great verses to reflect on! It’s easy to fall into thinking that it’s all down to our effort and that we have to be strong. So important to remember that our strength comes from God and that we can see his strength most clearly in our weakness.

    • 2
      Andy on August 23, 2017 Reply

      Amen, Lesley! Thanks for stopping by!

  • 3
    Meg Gemelli on August 22, 2017 Reply

    It’s amazing how human strength ebbs and flows. D told me the other morning that it bothers him in the morning when his “hands can’t hold things tight.” You know how grip strength is weak first thing in the morning? It’s amazing that even children get the limitations of these bodies to some extent. Thankful that I don’t have to rely on this falling-apart thing forever. I think our next women’s event should be arm wrestling 😉

    • 4
      Andy on August 23, 2017 Reply

      LOL! You’d win, Meg. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I hate that early in the morning feeling too, but I think i noticed it more as a kid. I wonder what that means?

  • 5
    Liz on August 21, 2017 Reply

    It is so good to note the difference in the strength that comes from within our sinful selves and that which God provides. And remember meekness is not weakness… in my life it often requires the strength of God to live meekly. Such a great resource! Thank you!

    • 6
      Andy on August 21, 2017 Reply

      Thanks Liz! Great to have you stop by. Blessings my strong friend.

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