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Paul says in Ephesians 6:10: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.

We have a promise that we can be strong in God’s power. God’s power never grows weary; it never weakens. God never needs to sleep. Isaiah 40:28-30 tells us that “the Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weak or tired. Instead, He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. When we need extra strength we can rely on the strength of the Lord to give us His strength in a time of need.

Let’s look at an example of God’s giving of increased power. In the Old Testament, in the book of Judges, we read about the strength of Samson and how he easily defeated the Philistines. This, of course was a result of God strengthening him. The Lord showed us through His working in Samson’s life, that with God’s strength, miraculous things can happen. Now, Samson was not the epitome of obedience to God or anyone else, for that matter. However, Samson was used by God to defeat the enemies of Israel.

When we think of Samson we often think of his hair being the source of his strength. But, Samson’s hair was not the source of his strength. The source of his strength was the presence of the Lord with him. It was only after the Lord had departed from him (Judges 16:20) that Samson’s strength was diminished.

The Philistines had captured Samson, blinded him in both eyes, and taken him prisoner. Samson asked God to give him the strength one last time to kill the Philistines in the coliseum, and God granted his request. The Lord again gave Samson the strength to push the pillars, and bring down the coliseum on everyone, ending his life and many others. Even though Samson was disobedient, he knew his strength came from the Lord and He had faith to request one last time for God to strengthen him, and the Lord granted his request.

Like Samson, we can take the first step toward receiving this might and strength of God’s power by believing that we can be strong. The next step is to ask God for His help. By openly confessing that we need strength and power and by asking God to supply that strength, we are believing and trusting that it is God’s strength that we must depend upon rather than depending on our own power. It is His strength we are depending on and not our own.

Often, we encounter trials and difficulties in the various areas of our lives. These become a source of discouragement to us. We will spend huge amounts of time, energy, and sometimes money, attempting to find a solution to the trial. And, we do not realize that the solution is with us all the time. Nothing should deter us from seeking the might that our Lord has in store for us. We can, without reservation or hesitation, have faith in the Lord to give us His strength. When we ask in faith He will not leave us weak and helpless. We will see the mighty power of Him working through us and in our lives.

Gary K Fair

Wednesday Word 14 April 2021

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