Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
(2 Tim. 2:1)
II Timothy 2:1-4
The first thing you have to do when things start falling apart, Paul says, is to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; that is a fundamental principle of being strong.
Guys, you need to know that strength comes through grace. A weird thing about grace is that it is never available to strong people. That’s why we sometimes fail to get such strength. We are continually bombarded with teachings that the way to be strong is to develop some quality of ourselves, some hidden power, some reserve of personality, some right that we are being asked for.
But if you believe in the Bible, these teachings are actually the way to bring weakness—and that is what proves to be the case. God’s grace alone is strong enough to handle the pressures of a fallen world, and the only way you can lay hold of the grace of God is to acknowledge that you are weak and do not have anything else to depend to.
As Paul tells us, the way to be strong is to discover the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Recognize your own weakness and then accept God’s promise to work with you and through your weakness to make you strong. That is how it works.
Christians should continually learn to say, I can’t live up to those things the Bible teaches me to do. But God can; God will give me the ability. Take action based upon the expectation that God is in you, and He will enable you to do what you otherwise cannot do. That is authentic Christianity. It is supernatural. Natural strength is its greatest enemy. When we learn that, we can be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
“Dear Lord, I confess my weakness. I ask that You fill me with your grace to face everything You have put before me Lord. Amen.”
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