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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”.

Be Triumphant

God wants you to be victorious in every situation and it is available to you NOW! I am not giving you a ‘pie in the sky’ phrase that is not based on reality and Truth:

 If you are a Born-Again Believer it is already a Truth in your life.

 You may not be walking in that Truth, but that does not negate its validity. If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, you are already victorious in every situation in life. Listen to this Scripture:

 “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.”  (2 Cor 2:14).

 In every situation, in every circumstance, God will cause you to triumph; just to get the word out that He is Great! You can be victorious if you will stand and believe in the reality of that Truth, no matter how impossible the victory may be in the natural realm.

 That “God is Great” revelation will give you the edge every time and in every place.

 In studying the words “causeth us to triumph”, I have come across a number of meanings from the original Greek like: to lead in triumph, triumph over, to cause to triumph, to have victory, prevail as in victory, to succeed, prosper and to be more than conqueror. If you are a Believer in Jesus Christ, you are not to be defeated in life or to be overcome by failure. You are to Be Triumphant! So you learned something when you failed… get up and brush yourself off. You are an overcomer!

 Is it because you are so intelligent and talented, and can trust in your own ability? NO! It is because “God is Great” and you are experiencing it by being in Christ Jesus! Looking at the Greek meaning of being “in Christ”: it means to be governed in, with the primary idea of rest. We need to grasp the meaning of being “in Christ”. Jesus is governing you in every situation, place or circumstance; you are resting and having faith in Jesus and only looking to Him. You are not looking at the problem, or your natural ability to solve the problem.

 You rest in the fact that “God is Great”!

 I don’t know about you, but I get excited just considering these words and it causes my faith to increase! I will be victorious - always, because Jesus is my Lord and Savior… “it is not I who lives, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20). I will be triumphant, because the world needs to savour the knowledge that Christ can live inside and release power for the outside! The world will see the Greatness of God in me and hear it through my testimony!

 Friend, understand God’s promise; believe it no matter how difficult life becomes.

 Your faith allows the release of triumphant power in that seemingly unsolvable problem. You will come to a new place in life… a new position through faith in God’s love. Being triumphant is a posture of resting in the finished work of the Cross… nothing left but our agreement.