Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of 21 Days of Strength. I hope you’ve found a few strategies that will help you strengthen yourself in the Lord. Remember. God is near to the broken hearted. He loves us when we’re weak. But He delights in making us strong.
We’ve talked about the importance of abiding in Christ, of spending time alone with God in His Word and prayer. Jesus Himself reminds us to make time to “go to our room and shut the door and pray to our Father in secret.” If we want to remain strong in the fight of faith, it’s important to stick together with our fellow believers, to de-clutter the sin that weighs us down, to obey God’s calling, and to give our lives away to others.
Growing strong in the Lord occurs as we fervently seek Him day in and day out. But even when we grow weary and weak, we know that God is ready and waiting to give us His strength. It’s His character and His very nature to give out of His own storehouse of strength and power to His children. The Apostle Paul puts it this way as he pours out his heart in prayer for all believers, including you and me:
“I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:14-16).
Did you catch that? Strength comes in the form of power through the Holy Spirit in our inner being. We grow strong so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. Amazing. No wonder God wants to make us strong!
The next verses give more reasons to grow strong in the Lord: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19).
Strength from the Holy Spirit helps to ground us….to root and establish us in love. Together with other believers, united by love, we’re enabled to grasp this enormous love of Christ. A love that’s beyond comprehension. A love that fills us with the “fullness of God.” A love that gives strength and power!
Paul attempts to describe this wonderful love-power in his final benediction. May this promise from the Word of God send us back out into our hurting and broken world, armed with unshakeable strength and wrapped in love: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” ( Ephesians 3:20). -Amen!
April 6th, 2016 at 9:41 am
April 8th, 2016 at 12:40 pm
Perfect timing for shedding light on a perplexing question. Does God want me to be strong or weak? My favorites: shut the door, make your bed and Day 20. Thank you Marilynn!
April 8th, 2016 at 1:19 pm
Hi Ellen, It seems like God loves us when we are weak and strong…perhaps we can take a tip here from Paul in Phil. 4:12-13: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Thanks for your thoughts!
April 9th, 2016 at 7:15 am
Thank you soooo very much for these 21 Days of Strength…. Our HOLY SPIRIT Always uses you to speak to my heart, so I thank you for being obedient to HIS Calling. You are growing in “Wisdom & Strength”…. Look forward to the next series…. Thanks again, Michele