Our prayers, as it pertains to strength, are usually that God grants us the ability to exert some sort of effort relevant to our daily lives. For example, one might pray, “Give us the strength to make it through the day”, or “Help us to complete this task to the best of our abilities”. Sometimes, we find ourselves praying for things like love, patience, and more faith…at least until we get the strength and ability we prayed so fervently for.
Because our prayers are so focused on God giving us strength, we often become frustrated with the process, or with our incompetencies as we struggle through what we thought we were trusting God for. Then, we begin to become more aware of how incapable we are, and we fail to channel those thoughts and invest in the truth of God’s word that promises to give us insight about how God deals with our uncertainties. Next thing you know, we’re questioning the Sovereignty and Fatherly nature of God, and doubt rises in our hearts. Truth is, we were never designed to be strong in and of ourselves. In fact, God’s power works at its best in us when we come to the end of ourselves. Did you get that? Read it again, carefully.
What does it look like to come to the end of ourselves? How do we embody the process of opposing and going against the essence of our existence? It is first important to identify that we are made up of flesh, but in our truest form, the deepest parts of us are spirits. So, when we experience all that life encompasses, we realize all of what life throws our way as a result of our mortal bodies. Along with our bodies comes works, or things human beings naturally tend toward that are contrary to God’s design for us. These are primarily displayed through our emotions, desires, and responses, or actions.
When we completely deny ourselves the option to operate by our own will, desires, and motives, and turn away from our instinctive compulsion to exert any effort based on our own competencies and ability, we then give place to the Holy Spirit to do His perfect work in us as He declares in His word (read more in Ephesians and James). It is at this moment and state that we can live by and operate in the very purpose we were created.
We cannot live out our purpose in God through our own ability because our natural abilities and competencies are limited, and purpose derives from an unlimited God. Therefore, it takes the strength of an unlimited entity to accomplish and achieve the purpose He designed. So, what makes it hard to grasp the concept of operating by the power and strength of God through the Holy Spirit Who lives in us? It is because we define ourselves and develop our identity based on what we can make sense of; logic, experiences, desires, etc. I challenge you to challenge your very logic and ideas about who you think you are with the word of God as it defines the very core of our identity based on the facts given in the following chapters:
It is then we understand how we are designed to live and function according to the will and plan of God.
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And I have no delight or desire on earth besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but Godis the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26
“Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
Knowing this, choose faith. God will meet you, and go even further to fill you with all knowledge and wisdom, and most certainly with His strength. ❤