Being strong to face life’s challenges is non-negotiable. If you are weak, life will run you over. Hardships don’t stop coming just because you need a time-out. At one point you realize that developing a strong mind, spirit, and body are essential to succeed in this life.
So where do you get your strength?
There are many sources people go to for strength – self-help books, good nutrition, good sleep patterns, exercise… and though these are helpful, for the follower of Christ they pale in comparison to what Jesus is offering you.
“Not by might, nor my power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
God knows that you can only be victorious in this life if you are depending on His Spirit’s power, not just your own willpower – especially when it comes to overcoming Satan’s attacks. That is why Jesus gives His Spirit to you!
“And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit…” John 14:16, 17a NLT
Paul, the apostle, ran into a serious obstacle to his ministry. Satan was harassing Paul everywhere he went. Every town Paul would go into to preach the Gospel he would be persecuted. Some say Paul’s “thorn” was a sickness, but Paul never says this. When you read the previous chapter (2 Corinthians 11) Paul lists all his hardships and he never mentions sickness.
However, in the Old Testament, the phrase “thorn in the flesh” is used five times and it always refers to the enemy harassing, persecuting, or being an irritant to God’s people.
A current use of the term might be, “That guy is a pain in the neck!” It is a phrase that means a constant irritant, hindrance, or a frustration that won’t go away.
Do you have people, situations, obstacles, or a trial that just won’t go away, no matter how many times you ask God to remove it? This is what Paul was experiencing.
“The extraordinary level of the revelations I’ve received is no reason for anyone to exalt me. For this is why a thorn in my flesh was given to me, the Adversary’s messenger sent to harass me, keeping me from becoming arrogant. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to relieve me of this. But he answered me, ‘My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.’ So, I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. So, I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 TPT
Your weakness can become a portal for God’s power!
But what is the key for that to happen? Like Paul did, you must seek Jesus in your trial. Paul said that He went to Jesus three times until he finally understood what Jesus was trying to tell him.
You might have to seek the Lord over and over again as well regarding your situation until you experience His strength and strategy. That is why we are developing the habit of being in the Word and prayer this month.
As you are seeking the Lord during these 30 for 30s, even if your outward circumstances don’t change, your inner weakness is going to be transformed into His mighty strength!
Depend on the Spirit of Christ. Don’t live by willpower alone, seek God every day and expect your weakness to be transformed by the power of the Spirit so you can have the same testimony Paul did,
“When I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NKJ
THINK ABOUT IT
- Where do you go to find strength?
- How does it help you to know that you do not need to hide your weakness, or try to overcome them yourself, but that if you seek God, He will transform your weakness with His strength?
- How are you spending your 30 minutes with God every day? If you need help, go to the bottom of any page on our website, click on resources, and you will find helpful articles that will guide you into a more fruitful prayer and Word life.