The Bestowed Strength From God

A faithful God does not expect you to do what you cannot; He supplies the needed strength.

– Erwin W. Lutzer.

My husband and I sometimes face challenges that test our spiritual strength and abilities. We are plagued with doubts inflicted by the enemy. Moreover, these troubles we face attacks most subtly and sneakily. Often blinding us to the saving grace we receive from Christ. Also, it creates doubts that we are not worthy of saving. Contrary to what is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we feel these doubts we know that these are coming from Satan, the accuser. We are constantly grateful for God, who bestows spiritual strength through the Holy Spirit. 

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Haggai 2:4. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Proverbs 30:4: The Knowledge Of God’s Sovereignty Overall

Our strength is bestowed by God

In verse 4, we read how the prophet Haggai relayed God’s message to Zerubbabel, Joshua and Israelites. The reminder to be strong for God is with them. The strength bestowed by God is for all those who put their trust in Him. Additionally, God bestows enough strength, even if you do not think you are capable of such might. 

God’s bestowing of strength is not only seen in the book of Haggai. It is evident throughout the Bible. A lot was written in Psalm, citing that God is the source and provider of our strength.

Bestowed strength comes according to our needs

God bestows strength according to one’s needs. Paul wrote, there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13). 

We are assured that when we place our trust in God, through His Son, He will provide us with the strength necessary to fight our battles in life. Although, we have first to receive His Son, Jesus Christ. For whoever believes in Jesus also believes in God who has sent Him (John 12:44). 

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. Are you burdened with life’s troubles? Watch this.
  2. What are your coping mechanisms? And are they helping you?
  3. Did you call to God to give your strength?
  4. Have you accepted Jesus Christ’s offer to carry the burden of your sins? Accept Jesus Now.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, as the Psalmist sung on Psalm 46: 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling (Psalm 46:1-3). 

Thank you for sending your Son, to save us from our sins. Also for the Holy Spirit that defends us against the evil ones. Continue to watch over us O, God, our Father and protector. 

All these we pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen. 

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