“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”
Hey! I hope everyone is having an awesome Monday! The last few weeks it’s been really hard to sit down and really dig into some Gold with ya! I’ve been interning at a church, working part time and freshly married so it’s definitely been a challenge to keep my priorities in order and find the energy and strength to send you daily God Gold messages. It’s been hurting me to not spend the time sending you these messages because it’s been such a huge part of my life these past couple of years and I want y’all to have all the Gold you can possibly have! As much as I’ve wanted to use my busy life to make excuses, I realized today that it’s just a challenge. A challenge that God has allowed me to go through to teach me and grow me but the biggest lesson I’ve been taught so far is written in this one verse. I pray this lesson will revolutionize your perspective on every area of your life and where you find your strength.
The last few weeks at my church we’ve been going through this series called, “The Fight”, on the armor of God. I’ve had to study this passage up and down to teach the youth on it and what’s crazy is how I seemed to overlook this foundational piece to the armor.
In verse 10, before Paul starts talking about the armor of God and why we need it in the battle we face, he says this simple, short little statement to start off. Just like putting on the armor of God sounds “really good”, the question I’ve asked myself is, what does that look like in my life? I challenge you to ask yourself this same question and take some inventory on the areas of your life where you go out of your own strength and the areas that you trust the Lord for His strength. Seriously, asking yourself good questions can really break down the walls of a lot of things that may be holding us back.
Like I said, things have been wild for me lately and I haven’t handled it all that well. I looked back at how I’m attacking the challenge that’s been placed in front of me and it’s obvious what my problem is. I’m trying to be strong in Jordan and figure everything out on my own, the moments I feel totally drained, like I’ve got nothing left to give, I still seem to think I have some control in getting through it. It’s been a struggle to say the least but in the struggle I’ve seen other moments, moments where I realize how far out of my depth I am, how I don’t have what it takes to get through, and I go to the only One who is strong enough to carry me through it. Those moments of surrendering to the Lord when I obviously have no other resources or self strength to turn to, He provides, He renews my strength and He does things that I could of NEVER done on my own.
I’ve went through so many days lately in fear and worry that I don’t have enough only to realize today that, I don’t have enough. But I don’t have to be fearful or worried about it because seeking God’s strength, surrendering my want to be in control and fix every problem to Him, trusting and believing that His strength is more than enough. My own strength led me to a very fearful, weak life. Actually taking in this truth Paul gives us, this foundational truth that gives us the strength to fight in this daily battle of spiritual warfare against ourselves and this enemy we face, it’s changed everything.
It blows my mind how every area of my life looks different when seeing it through the strength the Lord has given me. Fear turns to faith, worry turns to confidence, struggle turns to strengthening.
I want to ask that you please pray for me in this battle I’m facing, that I’ll let go of self and lean on the Lord’s strength only! And I will be praying for the same in your life over whatever challenges you may be facing! Take some inventory on where your strength comes from and stand firm in this powerful truth! Excited for you to see how life changes when living with the Creator of the world’s strength compared to the lack of strength we have!