…‘Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit saith the Lord,’
I can’t do this. I’m not fit in any way.
I’m staring at this brick wall,
I’m not strong enough to tear it down.
And do you see that hill over there?
There’s no way I can climb to the top.
I see so many obstacles, I’m a bit overwhelmed
Stress has overcome me, my body knows it well.
Yet in this difficult battle,
You’ve reminded me of this one thing,
I don’t have to fight it on my own
I can do all things through Jesus’ name.
And so, here I go Lord, with You by my side
Thank You for the strength and courage
from You in this difficult time.
©18 November 2019
Do you remember the children’s song, “Going on a Bear Hunt”? In this silly song, the children chant along as they go hunting a bear because “I’m not scared!”. Along the way they encounter things like tall, wavy grass, a mushroom patch, a wide river, and finally a dark cave. In each situation the child sings, “Can’t go over it! Can’t go under it! Can’t go around it! Gotta go through it!”
And isn’t that what much of life is like? We encounter terrors along our journey and we try every which way to manage the situation, make it go away, or conquer it but in the end we realize, we have to go through it.
And then, we think, “There’s no way I can do this.” Then the more we think about how much we cannot do something, the more we believe it. Until one day, we are just stuck right in that rut.
That’s where Philippians 4:13 comes in. You see, we can say all day, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” but do we believe it? And, furthermore, will we allow God to be our strength.
Yes, we CAN do ALL things THROUGH Christ. But will we let Him be our strength? Will we surrender our own will and way, so God can do what He does best: make the impossible, possible.
You want to see movement in your heart and life? So do I. It won’t happen in our own strength. It must happen with Jesus Christ’s help. These verses say, “through Christ” and “by My Spirit”. That means, it is not up to us to do all the heavy lifting. It’s up to Him.
This week I will be clinging to this promise. Not by my might, nor by my own strength, but with God’s help I will make it through whatever difficulty comes my way (and, whatever good things come too).
Will you let God be your strength this week too?
From My Heart to Yours,
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