It seems as though times continue to be very, very tough for many people because of the tough economic times we are end. High unemployment and housing forclosure rates are just a few indicators of these difficult times. Where are you turning to cope with all this? What, or better yet who, is your anchor based on?
Looking for Strength from God?
When we have strength we can make it through tough times. This strength enables us to live a healthy lifestyle and to manage the stress that is present. Are you looking for insight about how God can be a source of strength? Today my devotionals led me back to two passages in Ephesians where Paul shares his understanding of how God supplies us strength. I'll do my best to pass his wisdom along to you here.
What the Bible Says about Strength and Power
Ephesians 1:15-21 is a prayer of Paul to the people of the church of Ephesus.
"For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 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, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. "
Paul is especially praying that they be unified in their new faith so that they can be the body of Christ that God intended them to be. This prayer still applies to us today... and it is my prayer for you. I pray that you may know God better and that your understanding of him be deep in your heart. This deep understanding of who God is and of the love he has for you should be a source of hope - the kind of hope that can only come from God. Accompanying this deep understanding of God and belief in his character and nature should be great power. Paul tells us in verse 19 that this power is like the working of his mighty strength - the same strength that God used to raise Jesus from his grave. This same power, and strength, is available to you if you believe.
Further in this same book, in Ephesians 3:16-21, Paul again writes to these people in a prayer. We are also told that we can have this great power because God's Holy Spirit lives in us who believe in Jesus. When you are deeply rooted in God's love you are able to grasp how much Jesus loves you and cares for you. This is hugely important because as you embrace this love, you begin to realize the fullness and power of God. God's Holy Spirit, who lives in you, gives your mind this ability. It's not your power, but God's power that is manifested in you and at work in you. (Ephesians 3:20)
Another important determinant of receiving God's strength is our weakness. We are told that Jesus' strength was made perfect in Paul's weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Paul came to recognize that it was his personal weakness and associated dependence on God that was key to him having power that came from God. So, it is in admitting our weakness that we affirm God's strength.
Receiving God's Strength
So, according to these scriptures, how do you receive strength that is available from God?
- You believe in his Son, Jesus.
- You begin to understand just how much God loves you and you receive this wonderful love.
- You humbly acknowledge that you are weak and dependent on God.
- You know that his Holy Spirit lives in you.
- You believe that God's power raised Jesus from his grave.
- And, you believe that God wants to use this same mighty power for good in your life.
This is how you have strength - strength that comes directly from God. It's about your faith, belief and trust - the essence of the Christian faith.
You were created by God as his masterpiece to do wonderful things through the salvation you receive by believing in Jesus. Ephesians 2:10 When you receive strength from God, through his mighty power that is available, you can make it through the challenges that life throws at you. When this happens, God is glorified. (Ephesians 3:21)
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