It’s a Paradox!
Last night I ran a teleconference call for my members and we discussed this paradox of being weak in ourselves in the areas of strongholds versus the power and strength we actually do have because of the Lord’s presence in our lives.
I am continually amazed to see that I am never alone. I sometimes forget, but I know it, believe it, and try to live it to the best of my ability. I am growing in my understanding and knowledge of this topic recently with all my grace gospel readings.
We are Weak
When it comes to something in our lives where we are bound up, stuck, struggling even though we want to be free, etc., it is important to admit that we are weak. Willpower will never cut it. For those who struggle with food and weight, it is often due to an unhealthy attachment to food that has grown over time. I see this in all my clients, and I lived it for 30 years myself, so I understand the misery of the hold food has on people.
You cannot get free from this hold on your own. So the more humble you are, the more that you admit your inability, the better chance you have of discovering another power that will indeed help you! Get on your knees (even if just in your heart) daily and admit to the Lord that apart from Him, you are sunk. Totally sunk.
We are Never Alone
Then, in paradox to this, we are the strongest people on the face of the earth! Why? Because as Christians we have the Lord united to our spirits, His kingdom and presence live inside us, we the His temples of His Spirit, and He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. In no other religion does the presence of the living God live inside a person! We are incredibly blessed and anointed. Everywhere we go, we bring the presence of Jesus with us and change the atmosphere. When we hug people, it is Jesus hugging them. When we love people, it is Jesus loving them!
Here are a few scriptures that attest to this:
But he who joins himself to the Lord becomes spiritually one with him. . . For in union with Christ you have become rich in all things . . . We are sure that we live in union with God and that he lives in union with us, because he has given us his Spirit.
1 Cor 6:17, 1:5; 1 John 4:13 GNB
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
1 Cor 6:19 NIV
We are Strong
When we learn to let go of our own efforts and approach His throne of grace with confidence right in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16), we will discover a power within us that is incredibly strong. In us is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead; no wonder we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.
Eph 1:18-20 NIV
We will discover His Spirit nudging us, encouraging us, inspiring us just as we need it. Then, our part is to align ourselves with the impressions we receive, ask Him to empower us, and choose to walk in the direction or action He shows us – all while leaning on Him to do it in us.
So in the end, with His Spirit flowing in our bodies, like sap flowing in the branches of the vine (John 15:1-5), we are to stand tall , confident and strong. We are to say that in our weakness and our unity, we are incredibly strong. We are to boldly realize that His life in us is what we need to overcome. And since He won’t leave us alone, ever, we can move forward realizing the freedom He has already purchased for us on the cross.
We can be victorious!