Welcome to the last Sunday in 2020.
‘Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint’.Isaiah 40:30-31 (HCSB)
Youths may faint… But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength…
The only assurance we have as believers in Christ is TRUST in the Lord. Every other thing has the capacity to fail or disappoint but TRUST in God assures us of victory.
He never said overcome your weakness as a prerequisite to soar, but rather to build on your strength. And building on your strength simply means trusting God with all he has endowed you within all your endeavors. Leaders who will make an impact build on their strength.
Find your strength and build on it.
If you want to overcome sin, strengthen your fellowship with God. It’s not your new year’s resolution that will save you. In Communion and fellowship with God, sin fades away. Everything else will fail.
To happen and make an impact now and tomorrow, focus on your strength. Don’t give attention to your weakness so you don’t lose your strength. You may focus on suppressing your weakness and end up losing your strength.
It is your strength that opens doors for you. Sometimes you may think your strength has been taken advantage of and you kill it in a bid to guard yourself. No! You are doing yourself a disservice.
You are not the only one who has questioned their strength even when God pointed you to your strength.
Exodus 4:10-13 – Moses
After God had spoken to Moses directly not by Angels or Prophets but by Himself, Moses still was concerned about his inability to speak – stammering.
Judges 6:14 – Gideon
Gideon doubted God because he was presenting his weakness – the least in Manasseh and the youngest in his lineage.
More often, we know more about our weaknesses than our strengths. Why?
‘I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations. But I protested, “Oh no, Lord, God! Look, I don’t know how to speak since I am only a youth.”Jeremiah 1:5-6 (HCSB)
Sometimes we want to correct God. You may have thought that you will show up when you make money. No, you can’t correct God. Make the best of your present. Anytime you continually focus on your weakness, you will continue to go down. The more you focus on your weakness, you walk away from opportunities to make an impact in life. Think about your goals and plans in 2021. Step out in faith and trust God. Start with what you have been given by God.
The voice of God moves us towards our strength. Few know their strength.
3 Things To Do:
1. Find Your Strength. What you are gifted at is your primary strength. Find it.
2. Use It. It’s not about learning more about it. Use it at that crude level and grow in it. It’s in use you find renewal.
3. Renew Your Strength. You renew through continual fellowship with God. You also renew by connecting with those who inspire and encourage your gifts and skill set.
There are resources online as well. Make the best of your online engagement. Go online and search for ‘Strenght Finder’.
David – A Model To Follow
‘But Saul replied, “You can’t go fight this Philistine. You’re just a youth, and he’s been a warrior since he was young.” David answered Saul: “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock, I went after it, struck it down, and rescued the lamb from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it. Your servant has killed lions and bears; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” Then David said, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”
1 Samuel 17:33-37 (HCSB)
Our model is David. He knew and found his strength.
Don’t go and do what others are doing because you want to impress others. Find your strength. Focus on your strength.
Sin is different from weakness but they are linked.
There are people who have heard God speak to them directly and audibly without any human or Angelic medium and still doubted their strength even after God confessed to them.
How much people see your weakness is immaterial but how you see yourself is what matters.
Keep your eyes on your strength and your weakness will be suppressed.
God bless you.
By Rev. Prosper Isichei