In today’s western influenced culture, inner strength is pervasive language. It speaks of finding one’s true self and harnessing one’s potential. Paul highlights a completely different understanding. His prayer for the church was to find a biblical inner strength. In God’s kingdom, inner strength is invasive to one’s life. Once allowed in, it sets up camp and spreads through your life. Paul describes it as a trees roots that fortify the tree into the ground while providing nutrients to the tree. And this shoring up of the tree is done by allowing the Holy Spirit to replace our own control and understanding with his own deep revelation of God’s love. It is this love that acts as the ever creeping root system. It’s reach knows no bounds and it’s effect is a tree that can stand all types of wind, scorch, flood and winter because it pulls its nutrients from deep underground and is anchored as such. We must return to this model for confidence and boldness in our Christian hope and faith. Our true inner strength as believers is one that resides in us, not one that derives from us.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts