by Treena Salthouse
I have been pondering a lot about strength and what it means to be strong. Thinking about what is true strength, what does it mean to be strong - is it a good thing or not so good ! And I’ve come to the realization that I have had some things backwards and inside out. I am seeing more and more clearly what real strength is..........
- true strength lies in surrender - being able to let go and let God
- being vulnerable - letting others in, dropping the brave face and reaching out
- being humble - it is the strong who admit their failure, who get on their knees and seek wisdom.
When the storms of life hit God gives us the ultimate gift of unconditional love and his strength ...... from this stems the hope we need to weather those storms.
His power is made perfect in our weakness........
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. 2 Corinthians 12:9
He never intended for me to navigate life on my own strength. His power rests on me when I say, “God, I am worn out. I am a mess. Please give me the strength I lack.”
Immerse yourself in His word ..........
1 Chronicles 16:11 - Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord you God goes with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Exodus 15:2 - The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Psalm 18:32 - It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
John 16:33 - I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so you can stand up under it.
2 Timothy 4:7 - But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.
1 Peter 4:11 - If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it 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.
Philippians 4:13 - I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Ephesians 6:10 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Don't worry about what the future holds............
"Meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet. You simply have enough for today," Max Lucado
Take hold of what God has for you, step out - have faith in the Lords strength - your strength comes from Him and Him alone.