By: Dawn Ashley
Joel 3:10 Let the weak say, “I am strong!”
I am in a season of my life where I am being called to walk in greater strength as the overcomer that I am in Christ. Yet, I feel weak and beaten down and honestly am struggling to hold on to hope, much less victory. How then if we feel weak do we proclaim our strength? I am finding in a real way that it has not a thing to do with how I feel because let’s admit it those feelings can change day to day or even minute to minute. Although, even when we find ourselves in the pit of life, those tough valleys, we feel defeated, but are we? No! If our feelings don’t line up with scripture they are simply not true.
Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
How do we do this? We realize the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within is in us and the faithfulness of our Father. We trust him when he calls us out of the dark places in our mind and heart. God Almighty is our firm foundation and our anchor. He does not move from our side or take his eye off of us for a moment. Honestly though I think often times He is waiting for us to let go of our own need to control things and trust him. God can’t step in for us if we don’t let him. I heard the Lord say this to me, “Why do you think you are waiting on me to move in your life? Dawn, I am actually waiting on you to stop moving so I can.” Wow! Waiting is hard. I am a more comfortable doing something. Waiting is even harder when we are hurting or people in our lives are hurting and feel we can’t’ sit back and do nothing. However, praying and trusting God is far from doing nothing and is actually the key to unlocking the victory in our lives. It is actually where we derive our strength.
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.
So I want to encourage any of you out there that feel weak, beaten down and are holding on to hope with all you have, to join me today in letting go. Letting go isn’t surrendering to the enemy or giving up on those you love, it is trusting that God can do far more to bring about victory then you or I can. Trusting and praying are action. We are calling our faith in to action, we are hitting our knees in prayer and calling our emotions to get in line with the truth of God’s Word. Jesus has never lost a battle my friends and that should give you and I comfort. Even the greatest mountains in our lives have to bow low to our God. Let’s put things back in order and no longer let the Lord stand by idle waiting on us, let’s put our trust in him as we wait upon the Lord because my friends this is where we, the weak, find our strength and can truly say I am strong.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.