Friday, October 1, 2010

"Receive Strength"

"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 2:1

"Be strong". Are you feeling weak this morning? Weak in your faith? Weak in persevering? Weak in standing? The word strong this morning has a two-fold meaning. We aren't just commanded to be strong and not get weak or weary or give into weakness. But the word also means to "receive strength". The Lord is telling us through this word this morning-- don't get weak, receive strength.

If you are getting weak, don't continue to go that direction until you become so weak you just give up. Follow the admonishment that Paul gave to Timothy- receive strength.

Have you ever gone without food or water to the point where your whole body was weak and felt like you could hardly move or function? The remedy for that was what? Food or water. Once you received the sustenance you needed you were refresh and felt your strength coming back. From that point on you were able to continue to go on. Well, there is a remedy for the spiritual weakness that you are experiencing. It's called "grace".

In the times when we are feeling spiritually weak, we need to ask for the grace of God to be poured over our lives and take it in as the "nourishment" that we need. There is no reason for us to remain weak when there is an abundance of all that we need to be strengthened in order to carry on supplied to us- "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:13,19)

If you are weak, don't sit back and get weaker and weaker, do something about it. Pull up to the "table" and feast upon the presence, the word and the grace of God. Your strength will be renewed. Your joy will be restored- the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). You will feel spiritually refreshed and strong enough to "run through a troop and leap over a wall" (Psalm 18:29). You will regain the spiritual stamina that you need to "go the second mile". (Matthew 5:41)

Have a great day. Don't get weak, everything that you need to stay strong has been provided for you- now feast on it.

For further reading:
1 Samuel 14:20-28
2 Corinthians 12:9
Galatians 6:9

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