We are all looking for strength, strength to live in a competitive, challenging, fast pace world. We are told that to find real power for living, we should look within. We are told that we have all the resources we need within us. If we can only muster that inner strength, we will make it across the hurdles of life.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I have come to the end of my rope more than once. I’m no pansy or push over, but when the inner reserves are gone, they are gone. I’ve been to the place of mental fatigue, physical exhaustion, and emotional collapse. At such times, if someone said to me, look within for the strength you need, my response would have been, I did, and it is all gone.
At such times, my strength did not come from within, it came from without. Strength came from the Spirit of God. The Bible makes it clear, “’Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). You see, our problem is that we don’t look to God for the strength to live day by day. We are so self-sufficient and independent, we think it is a show of weakness to pray or to depend upon God.
But if there is one thing we need to learn in this life, it is that we are mortal. We are limited in strength. We don’t have all the inner power we are led to believe we have. When many people discover this, they give up on life. Many young people, for example, take their own lives. It is all so needless. Why? There is an unlimited source of power for living. It is not found within. Rather, it is found without. It is found within the living God, Creator of all things. “’Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
To help you find this outer strength, which comes from God, click here and listen to the audio lesson called, “By My Spirit.”