In Need of God’s Strength (4/7)
Isaiah 40:31 NASB
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Galatians 6:1-10 NASB
¹Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.
²Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
³For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
⁴But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.
⁵For each one will bear his own load.
⁶The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.
⁷Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. ⁸For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
⁹Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. ¹⁰So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
In ourselves is weakness; in God we have strength.
When the Nazis evacuated Antwerp on their retreat, near the end of World War II, they had intended to blow up important harbor docks.
The technical requirements had been perfected, but the operation was not completed, however, because the Nazis had blown up the power plant first. Then there was no power to ignite the fuses which, in turn, would have released the charges of explosives at the docks.
Many of us are facing a similar experience in our lives.
We have the mind and abilities to help us to accomplish things we know we should be doing. But we fail to bring our desires and intentions to fulfillment. We have either “blown up” our spiritual power plant by disbelief and lack of trust in it; or by indifference we have disconnected ourselves from spiritual things and God, the source of power in our lives.
We need to recognize in God through Christ the source of spiritual power.
We need to restore our personal connection with that power through what our fathers called “the appointed means of grace” — prayer, Bible reading, meditation, worship, and service.
Thus we can open the way for a flow of spiritual power.
▪︎ Ask God to help you to draw near to Him in faith,
• for from Him you receive your strength.
• In His service you feel the power of the Holy Spirit.
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