Strengthening Our Grip
When we talk about strength, it relates to our health. And when we talk about true strength, it means that it relates to our Spiritual health.
So, how are you?
Physically, you may okay and emotionally, you may be stable. But, Spiritually, are you still holding or you just lost it?
To strengthen our grip, we need Spiritual exercises.
"Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." Philippians 2:16
The source of our strength is the word of God. When it comes to our Spiritual lives, His words are our food. Do not expect strength, wisdom, provision, good health, etc., if you don't have time to God. Spend time with Him if you want to gain such strength in all aspects of your life. Have you ever wondered why sometimes you feel so weak, tired, or exhausted even after doing nothing at all? It is because you have the wrong source of strength. You keep on searching for sources of strength and you end up finding wrong and temporary ones because you don't fully understand that the Word of God is the source of strength. We keep on losing our personal fights in this world because we don't have the right strength to fight them. Why? We keep on relying to fake sources of strength like fame, fortune, power, own wisdom, grades, number of friends, etc. We tend to hold on to these so-called sources of strength because we think that these will keep up strong. Let us be aware of this equation: Bible = Life. We, humans are weak, even though we don't admit it to ourselves, but we are. But we can have a great strength through the Word of Life, which is the Bible. Feeling weak? Take a first step of faith. Have a Bible. Read it. Understand it. Live life by it. And this will be the strongest foundation you will ever gain because it is not from this world, but from the One who has power all over it.
"Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all." Philippians 2:17
We all put our trust to our sources of strength, right? It is because we believe that it will not fail. But, if you are telling God that His word is your source of strength, YET it isn't SEEN in your LIFE, that's probably the point that you'll say, "Lord, I have done all of them in vain." That strength is not meant to be kept, not meant to be hidden, not meant for our own benefit only, but it is meant to be used cleanly, used to glorify Him, and it is meant to be pouring out of our lives.
"For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me." Philippians 2:18
By having His words as our source of strength, we will reap what we have sowed; and those are our achievements that we couldn't have done if we didn't rely on God. All the victory, success, accomplishments, finished tasked, and many more, is the fruit of trusting the Word of Life as our source of strength. With God, nothing is impossible. And after you do everything, you'll still feel strong, happy, and motivated because you relied on the best source of strength there could ever be. You would want to rejoice with Him and praise Him even more because you still have a lot of energy, power, and strength even after all tasks.
Why do we need to be strong in the first place?
Because as His followers, belivers, and children, we must stand strong for Christ. As Chrisitans, our battlefield is not inside our churches, our battlefield is this world. And if we are weak, we cannot stand firm in our faith, we will easily let go of God, and we will be lazy Christians. Because of all struggles, pain, and problems, you have so many reasons to leave, but you have One great reasons to stay, and that is Jesus Christ. We may suffer, but we will suffer for Christ for His sake, and it will all be worth it in the end because God will never forsake us and is never blind for all our sacrifices and faithfulness to Him.
Scripture reading: Philippians 2:16-18 Speaker: Ptr. Sydney Herrera