Strength: Mine or His?

I have been so happy, blessed and excited that with all the
sickness, flu and virus's flying around, I remained healthy!  Both my
daughters and some of their family members came down with nasty virus stuff.
I was so grateful I was staying strong.  Until this Sunday morning.  I had a pretty rough night sleeping wise, but
nothing too strange, so I got up was getting ready for church when suddenly all
my strength seemed to leave me and all I could think of where is my bed?!!
It was as if somebody turned off all my strength (with a headache and
tummy issues thrown in as well!).  Elizabeth had described these symptoms
a few weeks earlier so I had an idea what the problem was...a virus.  (She
had taken Brielle to the doctor last week and he confirmed the diagnosis).
I rested all day Sunday, expecting to wake up strong and healthy on
Monday.  I did for about 15 minutes and then back to bed.  Gradually
I have been regaining my strength little by little with needed rest periods
spacing themselves out longer and longer.  This forced rest led me to
think about strength.

Strength: Mine or His?

I was so aware of my weakness in my physical body this week, in
fact, I even asked my sister to drive me to the store and post office because I
felt so weak.  As my body felt its limitations, I started meditating on
the promised strength of the Lord. When we are aware that our strength comes
from Him, then we are less likely to try to be strong in ourselves.  My
body told me loud and clear that it needed more strength.  I began to
wonder if my spirit could be telling me the same thing as well as my soul.
Do I muscle my way through emotional and spiritual issues or am I
relying on His strength to face life's challenges?  I think it is probably
a mix. My desire is to draw from His super abundant ever ready strength in all
areas.  Here are some amazing promises given in the Word.

Paul prayed for the Ephesians 3:16,17   I pray that
from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ
will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow
down into God’s love and keep you strong.

Our inner parts need to be strengthened.  The parts of our
soul that are bombarded with negative thoughts and taunting lies from the enemy
need to be reinforced by His Spirit.  I believe misunderstandings and
negative issues between spouses, children, and co-workers many times could be
alleviated if people did not feel so fragile with in themselves.  They
wouldn't necessarily be so touchy!  

I Timothy 1:12   I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who
has given me strength to do his work.  Isn't this
wonderful!  He has given us the strength to do his work.  We don't
have to manufacture it, it is a gift.  We have to receive it and walk in
it. Maybe we need to learn how to receive it and then appropriate it, but we
have it has been given to us.

2 Timothy 2:1 Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives
you in Christ Jesus.  Our strength in him comes with grace.  There is
grace to learn how to use this strength, and it is found in our beloved Savior.
As we learn from Him, we will grow in this strength.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself
and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a
wonderful hope, 17 comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and
say. 

When we speak His words, love His people and walk in His ways we
are strengthening our spirits and our souls.  A strong spirit, controlled
by the Holy Spirit will accomplish much for His kingdom.  When we are
weaker in His strength we are more susceptible to our fleshy ways and the
temptations of the enemy.  Standing strong in our spiritual armor, clothed
in His righteousness we are a force to be reckoned with!  

If you are finding yourself weak in your own ways, rejoice!
Take an inventory of your strength level.  I heard some difficult news this week that
only our God in His power and might can fix. 
My soul was burdened by these prayer requests, I felt weak and wimpy.  I began to pray and as I did, I felt strength
rising along with faith and assurance that our good God will bring His wisdom
and solution to these two very different needs. 
Sometimes my soul says “enough”. 
No more bad news.  I then have a
choice, run away and hide from it.  Or
gird my loins and stand strong in the power of His might.  I’m so glad people aren’t dependent on my
strength, aren’t you?

May you be strengthened by the power of His might this week in
any weak area.  Blessings.