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When you are ready to be obedient, get ready to feel discouraged.

Whenever you get ready to grow, get ready for the opposition.

God doesn’t numb our emotions or take away our humanity- he allows us to feel discouraged, feel defeated, feel downcast. He doesn’t take away our humanity but what He does is give us His power.

He challenges us to not make our obedience contingent on our emotions.

He asks us to “do it afraid”. To walk forward in faith.

To fight the battle that rises up and fight all the way through to victory.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
Ephesians 6:10 NIV

I love that there is a “finally” here. After all the instructions on relationship wisdom that comes before this verse, Paul has the final word you need: be strong in The Lord and in His mighty power. This means to receive strength from Him, to be endowed with it, to allow God’s mighty power to infuse your soul with strength.

You are in a battle. It is a battle you cannot win but one that has been won for you. It is a battle waged against you and the Word of God reigning in your world. God does not remove you from the battle or remove the battle from you: He fits you with His own weapons and says “FIGHT!”

Finally– when you are at the end of yourself, you are ready to really begin. BE INFUSED with His mighty power. If you are feeling weak and discouraged- you are in just the right place to receive His strength.

Be Strong!

Strong in Grace

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Qhat does it mean be strong in grace?

It means that you understand and admit that your flesh is weak and recognizing that it was, is and will always be weak. It is flesh. It will always fail.

The more you are able to readily you embrace the truth that you will never be strong enough in your flesh, the more you can embrace the reality that you need God.

And when you readily embrace God and His help in every area of your life- you are learning to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

We perceive weakness as failure, God perceives it as the reality of the flesh.

Jesus does not ask you to make your flesh stronger. He asks you to make your dependence on Him stronger.

What are you depending on Jesus for today?

Infused

When you are ready to be obedient, get ready to feel discouraged.

Whenever you get ready to grow, get ready for the opposition.

God doesn’t numb our emotions or take away our humanity- he allows us to feel discouraged, feel defeated, feel downcast. He doesn’t take away our humanity but what He does is give us His power.

He challenges us to not make our obedience contingent on our emotions.

He asks us to “do it afraid”. To walk forward in faith.

To fight through the battle that rises up and learn how to fight all the way through to victory.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
Ephesians 6:10 NIV

I love that there is a “finally” here. After all the instructions on relationship wisdom that comes before this verse, Paul has the final word you need: be strong in The Lord and in His mighty power. This means to receive strength from Him, to be endowed with it, to allow God’s mighty power to infuse your soul with strength.

You are in a battle. It is a battle you cannot win but one that has been won for you. It is a battle waged against you and the Word of God reigning in your world. God does not remove you from the battle or remove the battle from you: He fits you His own weapons and says “FIGHT!”

Finally– when you are at the end of yourself, you are ready to really begin. BE INFUSED with His mighty power. If you are feeling weak and discouraged- you are in just the right place to receive His strength.

Be Strong!

Be Brave

  

“Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.” (James 1:9-11 MSG)

God doesn’t want to have a life that looks good. He wants you to have a life that is good.

That means facing the challenges, sticking it out thru the hard stuff to learn the hard lessons.

The hard lessons are the ones that give us the truths (and strength) to live a good life:

Your identity is in Christ, not a title, a position or job.

Your worth is who you are, not what you have (or don’t have).

You are loved completely, endlessly and for all eternity because you have been embraced by God.

You were made for more than just an easy life. You have been made to live a God ordained, Christ centered, Holy Spirit powered good life.

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How can you be strong in grace?

By understanding and admitting that your flesh is weak.

That it was, is and will always be weak. It is flesh. It will always fail.

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:1 NIV)

The more you are able to readily you embrace the truth that you will never be strong enough in your flesh, the more you can embrace the reality that you need God.

And when you readily embrace God and His help in every area of your life- you are learning to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

We perceive weakness as failure, God perceives it as the reality of the flesh.

He does not ask you to make your flesh stronger. He asks you to make your dependence on Him stronger.

What are you depending on God for today?