Tuesday, April 29, 2014

why be strong


If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.

Sometimes I get real tired.  Sometimes I even battle depression.  But what I continue to understand is that choosing to do things on my own, without God’s help, I are weak and in need of help.  We have all experienced the fact that our strength can be ease away if we aren’t careful.  Even when we are at our strongest or our best, our strength can be zapped.

Yet what I often see happening to me personally and to those who chose to lead is that when spiritual battles come our way, we become weak far too fast because we trust in or lean on the wrong person or wrong things.  

When we are sick physically, we don't have any strength.  Spiritual sickness is much the same.  That is when we let our faith be placed in the wrong place or when we neglect God or when we continue in a habit that keeps us away from God.  Something has to give.  Turning the wrong way leads to weakness.  Turning the right way we get very strong.

What can we do about that problem?  We can't stop living.  We can't stop the world.  What we must do is trust God.  That is not always easy, but it is always right.  God's promises are never too far away from us, and He is never too far from us.  Trusting God is something we learn and something we have to chose.  Chris Tomlin's song Everlasting God  reminds me of the truth that God must lift us.  

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, 
We will wait upon the Lord, 
We will wait upon the Lord
Our God, You reign forever, 
Our hope, our Strong Deliverer. 
You are the everlasting God. The everlasting God. 
You do not faint. You won't grow weary
You're the defender of the weak.  
You comfort those in need.  
You lift us up on wings like eagle

Reality is ... we need God.  We need His strength.  He is offers us strength, His strength that doesn't have an end like ours does.  His strength is sweet because it comes when we spend time in His presence.  There is possibility of soaring when we have no strength as long as we rely on God!

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.

NOTE: much of this post was first shared in September of 2009.

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