Mark and I have been helping his 82-year-old dad some as he prepares to move from the home where he has lived for almost 50 years. I’ve been clinging onto these verses for my strength, and turning each one into a prayer. Maybe you need to claim these promises as well.
“Not by night, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts” (Zechariah 4:6 LB).
“The God of Israel gives strength and might power to His people” (Psalm 68.35 LB).
“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8 NASB).
“Turst in the Lord God always, for in the Lord Jehovah is your everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4 LB).
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His Name” (John 1:12 NASB).
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faith” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV).
“And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee; for My strength is made perfect in weakness'” (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV).
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right Hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NASB).
“For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey Him, and then helping you do what He wants” (Philippians 2:13 LB).
“(Praying) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16 KJV).
“I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NASB).
“We are praying, too, that you will be filled with His mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens -always full of the joy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:11 LB).
Just wanted to let you know that I’m including you as I ask for strength. Let me know if you have a specific request.
Grace and peace, Kandy
Reading glasses. A personal friend of mine. Our relationship began sometime within my fortieth year.
I’ve noticed that within two years either side of this big birthday, most people begin to trombone their literature as their eyesight begins to change.
Indeed, “our outer man is decaying.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
But, in all honesty, that’s a good thing. Especially if we are in Christ. Because as our outer man decays, “our inner man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16) Seems that these two things actually go together.
At the beginning of our lives, everything we do involves taking in the world around us. As soon as our hands can grasp, we are pulling things into our mouths, interacting with what we see in the only way we know – through our bodies.
Yet, as we age, we think more, process more, reflect more. Little by little, our bodies develop into full stature, and we explore our world more often through thoughts and feelings rather than through our physical senses.
As we mature, life becomes more complicated. Relationships, employment, responsibilities. The storybook beginnings take unexpected twists and turns, tumbling us into paths we’d rather not tread.
Not by our choice sometimes, but always by His, He purposefully weakens our strength (Psalm 102:23), so we can realize Who is truly in control.
Yes, the outward man decays, but towards an intent; so that our soul might glimpse the true importance of His Spirit within.
We shouldn’t lose heart. It’s a part of His plan.
Yet, we try changing our diet, while He calls us to hunger for Him.
We seek more free time, as He invites us into He-time.
We pray for strength, but He merely grants us weakness.
For it is only in the decay that we will deeper seek His way (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Let go and let Him (Psalm 46:10).
Our outer man is perishing, but our inner man is being renewed day by day.
An awareness of our weakness drives us to seek His perspective. When we release into His arms, He lifts us into a panoramic view of our limitations. From a Spirit’s-eye view, it’s obvious that our troubles are absorbed into His encompassing power.
Eternity has already begun within our hearts, you know. Let’s view our circumstances from this standpoint of glory.
We still may need to don our readers for that which is before us, but we mustn’t let it capture our eye. Our gaze is fixed upon Him, the Remarkable One Who overtakes us with His beauty. One glimpse of Him and we’ll stare in wonder; baffled at how His far-off, distant glory comes nearer to engulf us as we wait upon His Truth (2 Corinthians 3:18).
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Even so, Lord Jesus, come.