Certain individuals perhaps impress us with their inner strength.
They seem to stand-out having endured some traumatic incident, or perhaps, for example, have endured great hardship on their way to the North Pole.
We could mention many other examples of inner strength and endurance.
And there is no doubt, some folks are more ‘built’ that way than others.
But there is a strength independent of the human kind.
There is demonic strength, and there is Divine strength.
This separates the kind of strength or strengths we can speak of.
The exercising of moral weakness is abounding all around us, as principle after principle is violated. We are perhaps reluctant to point this out, because we are conscious, perhaps, of our own shortcomings.
To be morally weak is easy. And some are demonically strong in their moral rebellion.
To be morally strong in the midst of adversity calls for another kind of strength – Divine strength.
We can look at many examples of divinely strengthened individuals. Samson was given physical strength – way beyond the norm. He was given it by the Grace of God. His physical strength followed his inner strength.
But unfortunately his moral strength wained, and he lost therefore, his inner strength. Manifest in his outward loss of physically strength.
The secret of his inner strength was obedience to the Divine conditions God put in place.
When these were forsaken, he lost what he had.
There are other examples of Divine enablement – David slays a lion, kills a giant, and as we jump into the New Testament we find a list of those to whom inner strength through faith is given. See (Hebrews 11).
We cannot experience this inner strength without coming to Jesus Christ and inviting Him into our lives. There is something awesome about opening our mouths in the privacy of our room, and speaking in a heartfelt manner (otherwise it’s into the air) – He is not a disappointment to the persistent heart.
So in summary there is our own inner strength, or lack of it, there is strength that comes from darkness (see Mark 5/v4-onwards), and then there is the inner strength that only Christ can give.
May you know His strength today through relationship with the Altogether Lovely One!
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;