Strength to Strength

Strength to Strength

In the midst of our trials we need strength, and we find the Lord’s strength is there to empower us to overcome. It’s found looking for His ways instead of ours.  His strength is perfected in our weakness. When God’s ways are in our hearts, we encounter hope, joy and peace on every path.

When passing through valleys of weeping, we see our tears become a fountain of peace as the strength of the Spirit of God  fills us in our times of sorrow. The valleys of despair are turned into hope as the living water of the Spirit of Christ washes over our fears, pains and dark hours.  In the places where we have no strength, the Lord’s strength manifests in greater measure. It’s when we wait upon the Lord that we mount up with wings like eagles. Blessings are poured out as we go from our strength to His strength, and then from His strength to more of His strength.

The adversary may try to weaken us, but He cannot weaken the Christ in us. The anointing of God cannot be diminished. On the contrary, the more afflictions and tribulations arise, the more the Anointed One releases His glory. When we pass through the valley of weeping, Jesus is there to comfort us and bless us abundantly. It’s when there is no way that God’s way is paved, from glory to glory!

Psalms 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage, As they pass through the valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.

 

Room for Error

Room for Error

To walk in forgiveness, we must allow room for error or weakness from ourselves as well as from others. When behaviors are not what we had anticipated and weaknesses are revealed, it’s important to let go immediately. Whenever we pick up an offense, the quicker we shake the dust off our feet, the quicker we shut the door on the enemy.

We release something quickly by giving it to the Lord. We do so by bringing and leaving it at the foot of the cross, trusting Him to handle the situation with His omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. We may need to do so repeatedly, but the power that comes from forgiveness will help us release things more quickly in the future.

Understand that if we don’t forgive, the enemy then has room to take advantage of us. Forgiveness is essential to our walking free from offenses. The enemy wants us to move in division, bitterness, anger, etc., so we will not walk in victory. We cannot give our adversary an open door by picking up an offense. The only room we should have is the room for grace that we extend to one another. We can do so because of the love of God the Holy Spirit has shed in our hearts. When we don’t forgive others’ trespasses against us, we actually hinder ourselves from walking free in Christ. His strength is perfected in our weakness, from glory to glory!

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 “Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 

 

Flying Lessons

Flying Lessons

As new creatures in Christ, we are called to move in the Spirit. God stirs us up as an eagle stirs up its nest to take us to greater heights.

Eagles’ nests are constructed out of large limbs and sticks with a diameter of about nine feet. They are topped and made comfortable with feathers that eagles pluck out of their own bodies. Eaglets remain in the safety of their nests until it’s time for them to fly. Gently, with love and care, the parent eagles remove the feathering and as the eaglets are poked by the exposed branches are pushed out of the nest. While the eaglets struggle to fly, the parent eagles are watching, hovering and ready to rescue them if need be. If their young are about to crash, the eagles spread their wings, swoop down at 103 mph, catch them and carry them back to the nest until the next flying lesson.

God enables us to fly and catches us when we have no more strength. When trials are such that we feel we are going to crash, He teaches us to soar. The stirring in our nests causes us to move out of our comfort zone so we can experience new horizons. God pushes us out of the nests in our lives, very gently, to truly take us from glory to glory!

Deuteronomy 32:11 “As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings…”

 

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