Strength In Humility

14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. — Ephesians 3:14-19           

Is there a cause you are willing to do anything for? Is there something in your life you are willing to spend yourself on? What is your supreme motivation? It is so easy to grow weary in pursuit of anything, particularly anything important.

When Paul begins this passage with, “For this reason,” he is really saying, I am infected by this truth because I have been affected by my concern for you out of my affection for Jesus. Isn’t it true we are most faithful to the things that find the greatest favor in our hearts? That’s what Paul is saying, I am moved by this on your behalf.

It is no coincidence Paul then prays for strength for the Ephesian believers and points to Jesus as the only defining strength in the universe.

First, Paul points out strength comes from humility. It is time to stop trusting performance and start trusting His promises. The answer to weakness is not a five-step plan, a pep talk, or motivational speech. The answer is to do what Paul does and get on our knees. It is impossible to strut when on the knees. Try it. The lower we get before God, the more we see the greatness of God. Think about it. People bow in submission before earthly royalty or to beg from the rich. True strength arrives when we see the Savior and not self as the source of true strength.

I am to bring everything I am before God because everything I have comes from God, and everything I need is found in God. How amazing God would allow us access to anything that belongs to Him! He gives from the abundant riches of His glory.

Truly, we are spiritual beggars given something stratospherically bigger than we could ever deserve. The word strength in the passage is the picture of bracing oneself. It is the image of a tough trial. It is the image of a struggle with temptation we don’t feel strong enough to resist. Humility gives us the place to flee where we will be fortified. Discouragement draws attention to where we are dependent. But Paul is saying, The place of greatest riches is the place of the greatest reliance. Don’t be down in heart for the Lord has placed His Spirit in your heart. May His strength be your sustenance and song today. —Scott Hamilton

Journal:

  • When trials and temptations come, do I respond in humility and dependence on the Lord, or do I power through?
  • Why do I respond in my own strength?

Prayer – Father, Your ways are not my ways at all. Your Word tells me to be weak, because that is when You are strong. Help me discern when I am living in my own strength and forgive me for not depending on You when You offer Yourself to me so freely. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.