I’m not strong enough.
I can’t. I’m afraid.
What’s the thing you fear most?
That thing that makes your palms sweat and your heart race? The thing you beg God not to allow—telling Him you can’t, you’re afraid . . . you’re not strong enough.
But when you finally get the courage to talk to a friend about it, you hear:
You’re stronger than you think.
You never know how strong you are until strength is your only choice.
Don’t give up. Just show yourself you’re strong enough and you can do it.
The truth is . . . at that moment, you and I know we’re not strong enough.
And It’s okay!
What if we don’t have to worry about being strong enough.
I know I’m not strong on my own but rather than living in fear, I’m doing my best to remember that although God may not give me strength in advance . . . He will always give it when it’s needed.
And strength may be needed for circumstances that come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
We may need:
- Strength to fight temptation.
- Strength to follow God’s will.
- Strength to fight for a relationship.
- Strength to speak the truth.
- Strength to endure suffering.
- Strength to stand boldly in faith.
I believe fear and worry, for the most part, stem from the fact that we don’t believe God will give us the strength we need for the variety of difficult things that can happen in this sin-filled world.
In his 2nd letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote that he cried out repeatedly, asking God to remove his “thorn in the flesh.” From the little we know about it, it is believed that this hardship was painful, embarrassing, and limiting.
So, Paul pleaded with God to remove it because he didn’t feel strong enough to endure the ongoing struggle.
And God’s response to his prayer was, “No.”
But then, He added…
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:9a
And Paul believed God…
Once I heard that I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.2 Corinthians 12:9b–10 (MSG)
I’ve needed an extra measure of God’s strength lately; so, I took a closer look at what the Bible says about my weakness and God’s strength. I need God’s supernatural strength that replaces fear with faith and lies with truth.
I need the truth of God’s Word to remind me that:
♥ He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Isaiah 40:29
♥ My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever. Psalm 73:26
♥ I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
And the Spirit uses God’s truth to remind us that the strength He gives can and will meet our needs for whatever He allows.
You and I have a choice to make every day…
Will we focus on the problem before us, or turn to the One who wants to fill us with His strength and give us everything we need to fight and move forward?
John Piper offers 5 steps in – How to Find Strength in the Strength of God.
- Admit – Accept that we can’t do it alone. (For me that means giving in to my, “I can’t.”
- Pray – Ask God for His help.
- Trust – In God’s promises like . . . “My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
- Act – Move forward in faith.
- Thank – Express gratitude for the help you’ve received.
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Let’s pause to pray and that God that we don’t have to fight our battles alone. Whatever lies before us . . . God is with us and He will give us the strength we need one moment at a time.
A Prayer Thanking God for His Promises
And Asking Him to Make Us Strong Enough
Father, I admit that I sometimes find myself overwhelmed by fear because I don’t believe I am capable of enduring what lies ahead. That’s especially true when the possibilities of the battle ahead wash over me.
So, I come to You humbly crying, “Lord, I can’t. I’m not strong enough.”
And You whisper once again, “you don’t have to be strong enough. Give it to me. Trust me. I have the strength you need. I will make you strong enough for this present moment.”
Father, I will pause today to remember all the times You have given me strength in the past.
Please forgive my doubt, for thinking this time is different. Please help me overcome my fear. And thank you for Your Spirit who reminds me of Your promises, speaks of Your love, and tells me that I’m not alone. He gives me the strength I need to face the day whatever my circumstances.
By Your grace, I will trust You today and with Your Spirit’s help, I will live this day for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Whatever you’re facing today . . . pause and proclaim God’s strength-giving promises. He is with you. And He promises to give His children everything they need when they run to Him.
Let’s remember all the Lord has done for us and shout with joy…
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.Psalm 28:7
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