How do you overcome weakness?
I rambled into the kitchen wishing I could have stayed in bed. “This is going to be a terrible day,” I muttered to myself. I had a full schedule, and I’d tossed in bed instead of sleeping.
When I have a lot to do, my over-stimulated mind won’t turn off, even when I try to sleep. But it drags when it’s time to get moving. My schedule needed brain power, and my brain felt dull.
That morning I sensed God’s Spirit gently interrupt my prattle. Do you think lack of sleep can squelch God’s power?
Zechariah 4:6 popped into my mind, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts” (NASB).
Of course, God is more powerful than my lack of sleep. He’s greater than my lack of anything. Why was I focusing on how I felt instead of on His strength?
I changed my thoughts and prayed. “Lord Jesus, I give you my day. I ask your Holy Spirit to fill me. Accomplish Your will through me today.”
That night I realized it had been a wonderful day. Our Bible study had enjoyed a dynamic discussion. God had even provided an unexpected break in the late afternoon. My lack had been an avenue for His power (2 Cor. 12:9).
A Reliable Power Source
Ephesians 5:18 says, “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit” (NLT).
While alcohol impairs an inebriated person’s speech, attitude, and actions, the Holy Spirit empowers those things.
Singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephes. 5:19-21 NLT).
When we ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirit, we are praying according to His will and know that He hears us and will answer us (1 Jn. 5:14-15). To be filled with the Holy Spirit means to be emptied of anything that conflicts with His will.
We must choose to cooperate with His will even if we don’t feel differently. We walk by faith trusting Him to supply the power to obey and please Him.
Are you feeling empowered or weary? Are you prepared or overwhelmed for the work God has for you?
As God reminded me that morning, it doesn’t matter how we feel. What matters is in whose strength we choose to operate? Will you bring your lack—and your strengths—to God and invite Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit and empower you?Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts. Zech. 4:6 #HolySpirit, #Power Click To Tweet
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