Sunday, April 19, 2009

Motivate Me Monday: My Strength is not Enough

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I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman. As a little girl I remember spinning in circles as fast as I could, knowing and hoping that sooner or later I'd just turn into her. I wanted her strength, I wanted her speed and I wanted her cool headband.

Well, that never happened.

I grew up and didn't become a superhero. I became me; a wife, a mom, a sister, a friend. A woman who sometimes gets very busy, a woman who has a lot do most days, a woman who wishes for superhero strength every now and then.

But there's something interesting about my desire for strength. That's something I want all on my own. Like Wonder Woman, I want to get through a day on my own strength. To get that list checked off on my strength. To be everything I need to be for everyone in my life on my own strength.
But that's so not what God wants for me. God delights in my weakness, he loves it when I admit that I don't have what it takes and he longs to be the strength I need.

Lately I've been hearing myself say "I can't do this." Life is just hard, raising kids is tough, being nice and loving all the time is challenging. And I wasn't meant to do it alone. I'm reminded of this in Psalm 46:1 where it says "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble."

God wants me to admit my weakness. When I do that he can turn it around to display his power and strength in me. I know that his grace is sufficient for me and his power is made perfect in weakness, when I am weak then I can be strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

How do I get this strength that God promises?

First, I admit that I cannot do it on my own. When I try on my own I may end up with momentary success, but it doesn't last. My own strength cannot sustain me through what God wants me to do. It's not supposed to be that way.

Second, I ask for His help. Isaiah 40:29 tells us that God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Finally, and most importantly, I go to the source of strength. God is the one who is our ever present help in times of trouble. He is our rock and our fortress, our strong tower. By going to him and dwelling there I will find the strength I need; the strength for each day, one day at a time. And when I go to God for strength I also find joy, even in the midst of struggle and trial. The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10), by going to God I find his joy sustains and strengthens me through the hard stuff. I love what Oswald Chambers says about this in My Utmost for His Highest:
Where do saints get their joy? If we did not know some Christians well, we might think from just observing them that they have no burdens to bear. But we must lift the veil from our eyes. The fact that the peace, light and joy of God is in them is proof that a burden is there as well. The burden that God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lives and produces the wine, but most of us only see the wine and not the burden...If your life is producing only a whine, instead of the wine, then ruthlessly kick it out. It is definitely a crime for a Christian to be weak in God's strength.
When I'm feeling weak and when I'm overwhelmed I must step aside and let God step in. When I give God room to display his strength I'll be able to find joy and I'll also find the resources to do what he has asked me to do.

We were not meant to be Wonder Woman. We were not meant to do it alone. We are meant to rely on God's strength, and in doing so we will see his power rest on us.

Where are you feeling weak? Where have you realized that your just not enough? Have you been trying to do it all on your own? It's time to throw in the towel, raise the flag and surrender. God wants to come and display his strength in you. He's just waiting for you to ask.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:16-17

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5 comments:

  1. Did you write this just for me? Seriously, I needed it! Thank you! :)

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  2. I love that I can be weak but God's grace gives me the strength I need.

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  3. Oh that was so excellent. Amen amen!

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  4. Thank you! Wonder Woman I am not,but I sure did want to be when I was a girl as well. Or the Bionic Woman. So, when we were children, we spoke like children, now when we are grown we put away childish things. Wonderful.
    Jesus is our strength when we are weak, He is the treasure that we seek, He is our All in All.

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  5. Wonderful post! Thank you SO much for sharing this! The Lord IS my strength and this past month He has done miraculous things through me. He is such a blessing to me!

    God Bless!

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