"The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation." Exodus 15:2.
We need to get back to well, to bright, to strong and to on-fire, a no-spiritual-compromise kinda Christianity--the way that Christ proclaimed it, the way the early church lived it, and the way the Bible teaches it.
I challenge you.. to daily "appropriate strength and His vic" by faith. Be filled and aflame. Fight ..for? Well.. fight from the Cross' victory. Reflect, shine!
I say, with transparency share your weaknesses upwards, and your strengths downward, leader. And be careful here, this could easily be misapplied. Hide zero. Too many televangelists have turned greedy ext and done that hiding of junk only to get exposed by God later on.
Heard it said, “Let your scriptural repentance (cuz you know there are worthless religious-fake-types of that too).. be as widely known as your sin.”
When you repent..when you admit it and quit it, God can give you a second chance and make you spiritually strong in Christ. When you are regenerated in your human spirit by the Holy Spirit, forgiveness and strength are SO there for you! He is faithful when we are not. BTW No one gains entrance into God's holy Kingdom without that happening.
We so often tend to think of our strengths as inherently part of our identity, like it's who I made me be. Like it's who I am. As if! Strengths are basically our value-add; our so called competitive edge as they say. But gifts connote free grace given.
You know how a gift really does not originate with any of us peeps here. It’s something we receive from God (due to His work on the Cross) and then they're wisely steward for His glory.
Since God is strong and victorious--always has been. He has given us gifts to use. But He’s not really obliged to always put us in places where we can use them fully.
In fact, God sometimes puts us in situations and positions where we struggle a bit and feel weak for the very reason that He receives particular glory by showing His Strength through our weakness(es).
How come? God sees and wants pure humble humans representing Him. Loves us--wants to bless and make us strong! “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). Why? “So that no human being might boast in the presence of God” 1 Corinthians 1:29.
The Apostle Paul said, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:9–10.
So this is Paul’s strength-finders theory: our weaknesses are when Christ’s power--our true strength--is most clearly on display. Therefore we ought to boast in and be content with weaknesses. What God really wants is for us to be “strong in the Lord” Ephesians 6:10. Not merely strong in ourselves.
Are you currently strong? Have you recently been swept off your feet by somethin'? It is a good time to get on your knees. Comfort from God can soon arrive. Ask in faith!
God answers the prayers of His leaders and of His people. He easily can turn the radical, the uber-strange, the hopeless situations around.. and does that when His people go to Him in prayer. See 1 John 5:14.
God answers the prayers of His people because He really loves His people ..and delights to do that.
Never forget that. It will motivate you to seek the Lord more when you recall. There is no question that we need humble anointed preachin', prayin', walkin', talkin', reapin' and teachin' that's strong.
But wait, there's more as the salesmen like to say. There is a need for strong anointed listening too. Faith and learning can come from hearin' the Word. See Acts 17:11.
God says, "Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, your God, who marches with you.." Deuteronomy 31:6. Facebook.com/shareJesus