He healed the lame, the blind, the deaf. He walked on water and calmed the sea with a word. He raised the dead to life – and He raised me. Do you need strength? We have his promise to give it to us in abundance.
“Fear thou not:
for I am with thee:
be not dismayed:
for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee;
yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
The same Spirit indwelling Christ as He walked the earth, indwells each who receives him. The same power, the same might that raised Christ from the dead has been sent to strengthen us. He is the same Spirit with the early church and with Paul and Silas who when they prayed –
“The place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness…
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” Acts 4:31; Acts 16:25-26
This is the power of Christ in us. Take courage. Be strengthened. Who else can and wants to supply all you need when your flesh and heart fail you?
“Whom have I in heaven but thee?
And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever…
it is good for me to draw near to God…”
“Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power,
and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty;
for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
thine is the kingdom, O lORD,
and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honour come of thee,
and thou reignest over all;
and in thine hand is power and might;
and in thine hand it is to make great,
and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God,
we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”
1 Chronicles 29:11-13
- “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man…Ephesians 3:16
- That I may know him,
- and the power of his resurrection,
- and the fellowship of his sufferings,
- being made conformable unto his death…Philippians 3:10
- Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,
- unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness…Colossians 1:11
- the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while,
- make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10
“Now unto him that is able to do
exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church
by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.
He is able and willing to answer your prayer. It is a work only He can do. Are you willing to receive his answer and find his strength in your weakness?