The Source of Our Strength
Tracie Miles

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

When we arrived at her hospital room she was in the bed, looking very weak and frail. I fought back the tears as I watched her lie there, helpless to beat the disease that had waged war on her body. I found myself wanting to do something for her, but there was nothing I could do except wish to the depths of my heart that I could infuse her with the strength she needed to carry on.

But my strength held no power for her.

Later that day, I looked to God's Word for comfort. I came across some verses that seeped into the little cracks in my heart that so needed to be filled with something sweet of God. Those verses were Deuteronomy 11:8-9, "Therefore, be careful to obey every command I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter. If you obey, you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors and to you, their descendants..." (NLT).

In this passage, through the mouth of Moses, the Lord instructs the Israelites about their soon-to-be entrance into the Promised Land. He reminds them of all the miracles and amazing things that happened during their journey. Based on their history of disobedient actions, God knew they were easily tempted and distracted – which caused them to lose spiritual strength.

Here in Deuteronomy, we find the Lord warning the Israelites about losing sight of their priorities. He reminds them that the only place they will find the strength to enter into what He had promised was through obedience to Him. The Lord also wanted them to understand that their strength could not come from merely desiring to be good, simply believing He exists, or by carrying out rituals or sacrifices in His honor. It would result from obedience to Him and His words. In fact, in verse 18 the Lord says, "So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine" (NLT). They drew their strength from full and wholehearted obedience to the Lord's commands.

God also wants us to understand the importance of obediently walking with Him every day. He desires that we obey Him in the big things, but also in the small daily things. In doing so, He infuses us with spiritual strength. That strength equips us to handle the tough situations which we feel are far beyond our human level of strength, regardless of whether we are in a hospital bed or standing beside one.

This daily obedience is where we find emotional strength to walk in His peace when we face doubts and fears; strength to walk in His joy when we cannot find any reason to be joyful; strength to stand firm in our faith when things seem hopeless; and strength to be strong when the painful things of life take their toll.

Whether we need strength to comfort a loved one who is hurting or strength to overcome an adversity of our own, a life focused on obedience to God taps into the strength we need to carry on.

Each time we get out of bed we have a choice to make - where will our strength come from to face the day ahead? Will we rely on ourselves or will we rely on God?

Even if our physical weakness is a reality, we can be spiritually strong by keeping our hearts focused on the only true source of unending strength.

Dear Lord, please hold me up today. Give me strength. Help me to lean on You. I am tired and weak and need Your strength today to face these hard situations and the pain in my heart. Draw me closer to You in the midst of this. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Application Steps:
If you have been trying to walk through your life in your own strength, confess this to God and ask Him for His strength. Admit that you cannot carry life's burden on your own and lay those things at the foot of the cross.

Have I been trying to live life in my own strength?

Are there days when I am focused on what I cannot do, instead of focused on what God can do?

Power Verses:
Matthew 11:30, "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (NIV)

1 Chronicles 16:11, 18, "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always…So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine." (NIV)

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Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks, Tracie. This devotional so well coincides with an answer to the a question in the current Bible Study I'm pursuing-think of something in your life that doesn't glorify God. My answer was relying on my own strength to get through moost any situation. God is always there, ready to lift me up and carry me through. thanks again for the reminder. I need to obey God,than my own independence and stubbornness.

Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this. I really needed to hear this today. I know God has been knocking at my heart and begging for me to surrender and allow Him to be my strength.

Thank You for this post today. I really needed it. I had a nasty fall yesterday. my injuries still hurt badly. I will be relying on the Lord for strength to get me through. Being a mom of 3, its hard when mom is hurt. Thank you for the reminder that I am not alone. HE is walking with me.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

God's strength is enough to get us thru whatever we are facing. We need to let Him lead us thru and seek His direction everyday. Lord, help us to run and not faint. Help us to be obedient to You and not to our desires. Let us remember it is a race of endurance and give us the strength Lord to endure to the end..In Jesus Name.....

Blogger Rachy said...

Thank you so much, I needed this very very much today. It was exactly what I needed to read.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this site. It has fresh words form His mouth-through your posts--every day. Thank you for this important reminder. His strength. His--not mine.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Royal Family

With your word you have set me free,
Ignited my spirit, like you, I strive to be.
Free! no ties , no lies, binding me.
By your mercy, your grace, at last I can see.

Your yoke hangs gently around my neck,
easy and light, just like you had said.
If not by you, then who? This I can not fathom,
I belong to you, this is not random.

By choice?... My choice?... How can this be?
Wasn't it He, who chose to save me.

Mercy and grace, given abundantly.
Eternally grateful for adopting me.

From that day forward, I awake Free.
No longer enslaved by powers other than thee.

Royal garments, I now own.
By my Father Given , who covers skin and bone.

I Pick up My Scepter! On goes my Royal Robe!
My Fathers the king, I now sit by His throne.

First born yes! That is me,
First born of His Royal family.

By Giovanni

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much I just went through something which took over me completely losing sight of the Lord and feeling despair and anxiety I read your devotion and I realize how insignificant these matters are and how greater is our love from our Father and how we must look up an seek him in dificult time thanj you

Blogger Kelsie said...

Thank you for this encouragement!

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