Where does your strength come from?

On Monday, our Bible study was about the prayer for strength in Acts 4 (read it here). So today, I wanted to share a devotion about finding your true strength in Christ. This is the first devotional in the Teen Devotionals… for Guys! series my husband co-authors.

You can find more resources about finding your true strength in Christ on his website here.

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…”

– 2 Timothy 4:17

How would you define strength?

Words often associated with it are power, courage, and muscles. If you put all three together – you’ve got one strong individual.

But where do those things come from?

We can get our power from how others see us. It can come from our popularity, our knowledge of a certain subject, or our position on the football team. But God would rather us get our power from Him.

Acts 1:8 says: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”

Likewise, our courage usually comes from our own self-image. We’re more likely to talk to girls when we feel good about our appearance. We’re more likely to stand up for ourselves when we believe in ourselves. And we’re more likely to do something dangerous when we think it will make us look better to others. Yet again, as Christians, our courage should come from Christ.

1 Corinthians 16:13 says: “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” When our faith is in the Lord, He gives us the courage we need for all things.

And our muscles? Well, most of us would agree that they come from working out – lifting weights, exercising, etc. But what about our spiritual muscles?

Through the apostle Paul, God said: “… be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” (Eph. 6:10). Physical strength isn’t wrong, but there is more to strength than that.

Real strength – true strength – comes from Christ living in us and through us.

We can’t be strong on our own, no matter how tough we think we are.

Reflection

Do you get your strength from others, your own self-image, or lifting weights – or from Christ in you?

Application Step

Work on strengthening your walk with God by reading your Bible daily – even if it’s just a little bit.

Prayer

Lord, I live in a world where the source of strength can come from all different kinds of things – from others, from our actions and even from within ourselves – and I have believed the same. Yet I know that You are the only source of true strength. Help me to be strong in You and draw my strength from You alone.

 

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The above post is an excerpt from the Teen Devotionals… for Guys! series.

If you are looking for teen devotionals, you can get them free via e-mail at the links below:

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