“Stay strong” is an encouragement I receive from the Lord often. He uses people to give me that encouragement or He says it to me softly when I am in prayer or in meditation. When we have the Lord, we have a strong Rock. We have the Savior of the universe abiding in us through His Spirit. His strength is our strength. His power is the power that fuels all we can do thanks to Him. This is all true when we adhere to His Word and we stay in faith. Staying strong in the Lord involves staying in faith and believing that the Rock of ages makes us strong. We are not strong on our own and we have to recognize that. We have to humble ourselves and declare that Jesus our Lord is our Rock and our strength. We have to lift Him up and we have to leave our ego aside. He gives us the ability to do all things. He gives the power to be all we are designed to be when we lean on Him. We can’t be passive and we can’t be relying on our own understanding and thinking. We have to understand that we are strong because He makes us strong. Now, how can we stay strong? How can the “strong us” in Christ can be manifested?
There is a “you” by yourself and there is a “you” in Christ. The “you in Christ” is the person that flows with the Spirit of God and who acknowledges Him in everything. It is the you who knows what it means to have Jesus as your personal Savior. It is the you who lives out his or her salvation through Christ. It is the you who reads the Word of God and who is a doer of the Word. We can choose to stand on our own or we can choose to stand on Jesus our solid ground. If Jesus is our Savior and we don’t pursue Him or stand on Him, it doesn’t mean that we have lost our salvation. In our salvation we can go as far as we want on this journey with Christ. I choose to be in Christ and to stay strong in the power of His might. I am learning and I am taking notes every day. One thing I have been learning is that to stay strong in Christ, I have to make sure that spirit is rooted in Him and that it receives the spiritual nourishment that it needs. I need to feed my spirit manna from Heaven and fresh water from the Holy Spirit.
Manna from Heaven is found in the Word of God. There is no doubt about it. I can feed on the Word every day. It is an essential part of spiritual growth. I can maintain my spirit by giving it some precious Bible time. That time in the Word is not just about discovering inspiring stories. It is also about being impacted by the truth that remains the same today. My spirit gets food from each word of God. I chew on those words in meditation and I digest them over time. The words of the Bible make me stronger. They give me confidence and they build up my faith in the Lord. Each word is a powerful crumb that fortifies me and that satisfies my hunger. My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. I need to give strength to my spirit so it can overcome the weakness of my flesh and Bible reading and application of the Word help me get there. Prayer is another powerful way for me to get nourishment from the Lord. I found myself praying a lot the other morning and it came to my attention that I was getting muscles for my spirit.
Prayer is a strong dose of spiritual milk if we do it constantly. The Holy Spirit helps us when we pray. He gives us fresh water to quench our spiritual thirst and to face dry spells that might try to get in the way. Prayer is the foundation behind the construction of your spiritual fortress. The “strong you” in Christ is meant to be a giant of faith that can move all mountains. You are a strong person in the Lord. Stay in His hand by staying in faith and by trusting Him come what may. Work on making your spirit stronger by focusing on Jesus and by letting Him be bigger in you. Give Him the best seat in your heart. Surrender to Him. Die to self and let His life shine through you. You can only be as strong as your connection and your dedication to Jesus is. Christ in you, the hope of glory. Christ in you and you have a spirit that can do all things. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 12:10; Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 3:16