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I Am Strong

Biblical Truths often seem backward and contrary to common sense… even crazy. Sometimes this is because they are stated in paradoxical ways, like the parables Jesus taught. Even when these Truths are stated in a straightforward way; they still strike us as odd, because they do not conform to worldly thought patterns we have to negotiate.

Perhaps our greatest challenge as Christians is to understand the Biblical principle of strength being released through weakness… notice the following verses.

“Consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that he might nullify the things that are, that no one should boast before God.” (1 Cor 1:26-29)

“(God) has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:9-10)

Worldly wisdom says that power is rooted in natural resources like money, good looks and intellegence. Since these resources are limited, true power is always limited to just the few individuals with access and favor.

God’s wisdom says that true power comes from the Holy Spirit and has no correlation with prestige or riches, that are hinged to natural resources. A persons influence in this world is not some kind of license to heavenly influence. True power; as it relates to the Kingdom of God, is accessible to anyone who depends on God. Jesus was the personification of this principle… anointed as the “Christ” or “Messiah”. He was the Prince of Peace; even without religious ordination or title, yet His power was directly connected to His anointing from heaven. His perfect obedience to the Heavenly Father released His influence in the Earth.

The early Church had great power, not because they had access to money or political influences; but because they were filled with the Holy Spirit! It is dependence on God; through faith, that lays hold of real power. We must believe and place our trust in the Holy Spirit to release power into our lives.

God longs for people He can wear like a glove!

Living His life through us, is how the power of heaven comes into the natural realities we so much want to see change. By the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, He demonstrates His power, He transforms culture and makes His Kingdom visible in the Earth.

It might just sound a bit strange to boast in weakness, until you begin to participate in the transformation first hand. Then you begin to see how something as simple as prayer, praise or thankfulness, can tear down walls and crush strongholds of fear. Only when we begin to understand spiritual realities; though unseen, are more powerful than the natural, will we become convinced that… ”when I am weak, then I am strong”.

Overcoming Rejection

Have you heard the phrase: “Hurt people… hurt people”? Well, its true and what we discover is that the hurt we have assumed would go away over time, arises at the most surprising moments.

Old wounds allow demonic strongholds! 

We get angry at those we love, we get frustrated by little things or we hear words that were in passing; but cut like a knife. Its because we were wounded and did nothing about it. So many of God’s people carry emotional and even spiritual brokenness that can be opened at any time the Devil would like to discredit us. These things must be released and forgiven, or forever they will become the stinky dirty laundry of a hypocritical Christian.

Rejection wounds us and creates a platform for shame, roots of bitterness and hypocrisy.

King Saul became fiercely angry at his loyal champion David, as the women of Israel would sing about how David had killed his ten thousands and Saul had killed thousands. Saul was overcome by the perceived rejection of not being admired as the only champion worthy of praise (1 Sam 18:7-11). Thrusting his spear across the room was an illogical and confused King’s attempt to kill what he believed created his pain; David. Yet long before the jealous heart, the loathing looks or the thrusted spear… was the awareness that God had departed from Saul and he felt rejected.

Have we been there? Have we not all been halted at the Cross of Calvary; finding our identity in our performance, our good looks, our position in life or the praise of man. There is still just One who stands worthy of our praise. And yet that same One, remains the most rejected of all.

 He is Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God! Rejected of men and forsaken by His own friends.

 He was rejected so that we could be accepted and He was crushed so that we could be healed (Isa 53:3-5). The punishment that was laid upon Him was ours indeed and He took it willingly that He might demonstrate Love’s highest achievement. Offered freely… as a gift to say,

 ”It is finished (Jn 19:30). No longer shall the shame of rejection or fear or sin rule the human race. If they will simply find their identity in Me, I will remove their stains and heal their hearts” (Jn 3:16-17).