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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”.

A Call to Action

The Bible declares that the weapons believers use to fight their daily battles, are mighty in God and have great power to sustain their spiritual position in Christ. Our warfare is all about spiritual discernment and confidence! Fear and frustration must turn into courage and faith, because far too much spiritual ground is being left unguarded, unwisely. We seem unaware that our enemy is like a “prowling lion in the weeds”, waiting to pounce. Weapons that are ignored, go unused and inflict no damage against our foes… and they don’t win wars. So, the will to use a weapon is as important as the weapon itself. It is not enough to say we believe that spiritual warfare is going on… we must feel the called to action!

Why Hesitate?

We need to realize that passivity is simply the response of the unbelieving heart! People who are disengaged from spiritual reality often walk as practicing atheists. They might say they believe in God, but never really develop an interest in His priorities for their future.  The realm of the spirit is the most powerful dimension in the universe, but it is not the most obvious to the natural mind. We seem to wage more battles in the natural realm, than in the spirit; and our discipline (as followers of Christ) must come from God’s perspective. The truth is that our enemy is out to destroy our destiny and steal our goods! What the devil wants, is for us to feel like we can casually go about our business, as if he doesn’t exist and disregard his sneaky deceptions. Satan’s goal is to cool our passion and lull us to complacency. The passive heart never recognizes the need for the resources established in Christ!

But We Are – Enforcers of Christ’s Victory!

Waking Up to Reality:

There is no neutral ground on the spiritual battlefield. Jesus said, “He that is not with Me is against Me” (Mt 12:30). The Word of God is against passivity and shouts to every soldier of the cross, “It’s time to advance…” to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim 6:12), endure hardness as a good soldier (2 Tim 2:3), resist the devil (James 4:7), put on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:13) and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17). “To wake up and see as God sees, means setting our gaze a bit higher than the natural horizon!”

We must blow the trumpet in Zion!

Like the Prophet Joel, we must proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears… Let the weak say, ‘I am strong (Joel 3:9-10). Today one phrase resounds in my heart…

“Wake up you mighty men!”

Our Enemy is a Squatter!

The devil is taking territory, he has no right to occupy. Its’ time for the people of God to put on strength and advance in the face of their adversary. Maybe you don’t feel mighty at this moment. But you are, whether you feel like it or not. We all are… if we’ve made Jesus the Lord of our lives! There is supernatural strength in you! The time has come for us to hear a call to action and start responding like warriors!

Complacency is hindering the work of God, harming saints and holding entire nations hostage. This is a call to action, because too few believers are using their Kingdom authority to actively, aggressively resist the thief. Church has never been about entertaining services or Sunday School pot-lucks… its war and the time has come for a company of Saints to take up arms. The Apostle Paul said it like this:

  • “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:10-13)
  • “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Cor. 10:3-6)
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