There are many times when the trials and challenges of this life get us down and literally disable us from functioning with any clarity. We become tired and defeated because we are so weak. The world can’t help us and family and friends don’t seem to understand; we feel all alone with a problem that is overwhelming us and there doesn’t seem to be any way to get through it. Yet, the Bible tells us that we are strongest when we are weak.
We quote scripture and plead our case before God and nothing changes except that we get weaker. This is because we are caught between a rock and hard place. Some of us focus on a Christian lifestyle of prosperity and victory and our expectations are high, while others beg God to give them the strength to overcome. But sadly, they still look to this world for help and their confidence is shattered.
It seems that being a Christian doesn’t always benefit us from the “real troubles” of this world. We become discouraged and feel that Christianity is not all that it’s cracked up to be because bad things still happen to us.
However, Christianity is not about us and what we can get from God. Christianity is about Christ and living for Christ. “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” [Matthew 4:10] It’s about having our thoughts and our minds on His redeeming grace and on His mission for us in this world. We have a purpose and it’s not to focus on the things of this life, but to concentrate on the things that Jesus has prepared for us and the call that’s He’s given to us to help others find Him!
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’.” … Matthew 16:15
We miss the point that God will take care of us when we walk the path that He has set out for us.
Yet, many people are confused because the Bible says that we are like filthy rags to God and they misunderstand this because in John 3:16 it says that God loves us. The “filthy rags” refers to the sin nature that we have adopted here on earth and is compared to the holiness of God in Heaven. God is holy and without sin. We, on the other hand, are born sinners who need to repent and who live in a world that is totally corrupt with sin. There is nothing on this earth that we can give to God that would have any acceptable value because of this sin – EXCEPT for our hearts. We can accept our salvation given by Jesus and repent, turn away from the sin and live for Him. Then we will see that it’s our soul – our inner person – that is precious to God, and it’s everything else that is corrupt.
“But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” … Isiah 64:6
People who don’t know Jesus are still being controlled by the spiritual leader of darkness – aka the devil – and so they must acquire their strength from the world to live in the world and they depend on the world to make them successful. Unfortunately, few are really successful over the things that matter like disease and natural disasters because the world is corrupt and the leaders don’t care about them.
You cannot fight against the devil and expect to win. There is only One person who has ever defeated the devil and that person is Jesus Christ. He is the only one who you should go to for help.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” … John 16:33
When we come to God and seek Him for help, we need to realize a few things:
1) We are God’s children redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. We aren’t little gods and we aren’t equal with God. We are children who have been saved from His wrath by grace through the shed blood of Jesus.
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).” … Galatians 3:13
2) God is our Heavenly Father and we are to respect Him as our Father. He doesn’t adhere to our demands, but rather, we come to Him with thanksgiving and a humble heart and make our requests known to Him. We don’t chant scripture or command Him to do anything.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” … Philippians 4:6
3) We cannot fight the devil on our own strength. Only Jesus has defeated him and only Jesus can give us the victory through our problems.
“I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” … Revelation 1:18
4) All things work together for a reason and sometimes God allows things to happen or even arranges for things to happen just to get us back on the right track.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” … Romans 8:28
When we come to God with a problem that is impossible for us to resolve ourselves, we need to remember that it’s because we are no match for the devil and we can’t beat him on our own strength. Therefore, when we are at our weakest point we need to cry out to God and let HIS strength rise up in us.
Instead of whining and pleading with Him to make us strong, we should be humbling ourselves and withdrawing from the situation so that He – God – can be made strong in us. When we let God rise up in us and when we give the problem over to Him completely, He will give us peace, wisdom and inspiration toward an answer. Therefore, the strength that is in us is not our own strength because we don’t have any. The strength that we get is the Spirit of God in us!
“And He [God] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” … 2 Corinthians 12:9
We are weak, but He is strong! It is God’s strength in us! And we will only receive this when we stop fighting for our own strength and wait for His.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” … Isaiah 40:31
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