How does a Christian grow in their faith?
We like to start by building ourselves up in the Lord when we work our praying and ministering muscles.
Another strategy is to stretch ourselves by extending our hands out to others with the love of God. We often lift our Bibles higher and higher, making them heavier and heavier as we scribble in the margins and stuff them with notes.
But the first step in the growth of Spiritual muscle takes place when the inner stuff breaks down.
The first position of the believer being strengthened is bent low on humbled knees.
Growth in the Lord doesn’t begin by doing more or carrying weightier virtues and ministries.
Rather, spiritual growth originates in becoming less.
Becoming strong in the Lord requires the laying down of our bulky burdens at the cross to be free to train as our trainer leads.
“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” never calls us to be more or greater. In fact, “be strong” can be misleading. The words translate more directly to “be strengthened” or “be empowered.” The rest of verse makes this clear.
We have to be strengthened by the the source of our strength.
To be strengthened by the Lord, kneel before Him. Heave off the weights you aren’t meant to carry. Let your Spiritual muscles be broken down by the Lord, examined, and made stronger as true muscle, earned by submission to the trainer.
Sweet relief for the weak (all of us!):
We are strong in the Lord when we grow in His mighty power, not when we’re mustering up our own.
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