For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
The world often has the wrong view of what believers are like. They are often portrayed as weak, hateful and with no self-discipline.
The world thinks that believers are weak because they have to rely upon God, rather than on their own strength and power. Believers are often seen to be walked all over and ridiculed, so the world sees that as a sign of weakness. Some are weak, because they back down from standing true their beliefs.
Believers are often believed to be hateful, because of their speaking out against sin. Some, however, are hateful in the way they speak and how they treat those who sin. Many people have killed others in the name of God, showing hatred.
Others see believers with no self-discipline, because they see some do the very things that they speak against.
It is true that some believers have given Christianity a bad name by their words and actions. There are many who claim to be a follower of Jesus, yet, do not try to live like Him in any way. However, there are also many who are living for Christ in this world.
Those who do try to live for God, know what God has given them. God’s immense power has been given to believers to overcome sin, to turn away from temptations, and to stand true against the beliefs of this world. His infinite love has been given to every believer to love the enemy and to overlook the many wrongs done. His Holy Spirit has been given to the believer to guide him into making the right decisions with self-discipline.
The world will still not fully understand a believer, but the believer must not give the wrong view of who a believer is and who Jesus is.
God has given you everything that you need to live for Jesus, to live a holy life in this world. You do not have to be shy in what you believe, but stand strong and true to God’s word in your life. As you stand strong, do it in love and with self-discipline. Do not bring shame to the name of Christ in this world. The world is looking to bring you and Christ down. Don’t let them and don’t give them a reason, you have the power.
I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will know God’s power and love in your life; that you will show the world God’s power and love; and that you will stay true to God’s word in your life.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
Being strong is something that the world believes in. All over the world there are many men and women who work out in a gym on a regular basis to build their strength. People love to see a person who is physically very strong. They feel that a strong person is able to do anything and everything.
Children are told to be strong and stand up for what they believe and to take a stand against bullies. People are told to stand up against wrong against them. Thousands will march in a stand of strength for their rights or for someone else’s rights.
Everyone is told that they can make it if they try. One can be and do anything that he wants, because he is a strong person.
People love to see people who are strong and can stand up against someone who is bad or in the wrong.
Paul believes that a person can be strong also, but not in his own physical power or abilities. He states that the believer is to be strong in the Lord. The believer is to find his strength in God, not his own personal physical abilities.
A person can be the strongest person in the world physically, but be an extremely weak as a person spiritually. He can still be dead in his own sins as he is the strongest person according to this world.
Real strength is not seen in physical strength, but in seen in the character of the person. A non-believer will always fall short in character, regardless of the good he does, because he does not follow God and lives to sin.
The believer relies upon the salvation and forgiveness Jesus provides. He will rely up the Word of God to show him the truth. He will rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to guide and work through him. He is being strong in the Lord, not in himself.
Each day you must find your strength. If you are looking for it in the same way the world does, you are weak and will fail. Find your strength in God. Jesus showed the ultimate strength by laying down His life on the cross to take away the sins of the world.
Be strong spiritually so that you can fight the spiritual darkness and sin in this world.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has given you; that you will know the strength God can give you; that you will rely upon the strength and power of God; and that God will reveal His power in your life.