May Pastor’s Chat
So far in this year’s “Chats” we have talked about giving back to God the power, riches, and wisdom that we receive from Him. This month we will consider worshipping and serving God with the strength which He gives to us. God is worthy of strength (Revelation 5:12).
Do you realize that your strength comes from God? All of your spiritual, moral, mental, and physical strength comes from Him! How are you using your strength? For yourself? For others? For God? God wants you to offer all your strength up to Him for His honor and glory.
God began to teach me this lesson shortly after I was saved in 1978. I had won many cross-country races that fall and was expected by many to win the district championship. However, God had another plan. He humbled me when I was being lifted up with pride and not giving Him the glory for the strength He gave me to run. Pride certainly goes before a fall. The week before the district meet my strength was zapped with the flu and I spent the week in bed. I ran with all my strength for me that day and came up short, crossing the finish line in fifth place. I fell to the ground not just out of exhaustion but in sorrow before God for my pride. I asked the Lord for forgiveness and promised the Lord that I would now run for Him and not for myself. The next week at the state meet I ran for the Lord and clocked my fastest time ever for 5000 meters. To God be the glory!
God wants to strengthen you for His glory in every area of your life. Colossians 1:10-11 makes this so clear, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”
With prayer, Pastor Mark
Selected Verses on “Strength”
Joshua 14:11-12, “As yet I [Caleb] am as st
rong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.”
Psalm 29:1, “Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.”
Psalm 29:11, “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”
Psalm 68:35, “O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.”
Psalm 71:16, “I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.”
Psalm 96:6-7, “Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.”
Habbakkuk 3:19, “The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.”
Luke 10:27, “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”
Acts 9:22, “But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.”
2 Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”