6th August 2018
Jesus Christ Strengthens Us
So the purpose of this digest is to enlighten you just as the Holy Spirit has enlightened me. As Christians, we leave in the reality of who Christ is and what he has done on the cross. Thus, if we must boast we boast in Christ. This is because his death and resurrection, a clear expression of his love produced things in us that only God can.
The key verse tells us that we are strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that we may have great endurance and patience. Hence, it is no crime to say, “I am a strong woman or man.” We have the freedom to say it because Jesus Christ made it available for us. Also, making that statement points to the fact that it is not our strength but the one given us by an incredible source. Thus, when we boast, we boast not of our own strength but Jesus’. More so, in making that statement we live in reality of the finished work of Christ. We do not live in ignorance as we understand the mighty love Jesus Christ had shown on that old rugged cross.
I hope I have made it clear now that proclaiming that you are strong is not a crime and it is not pride. It only shows that you understand the new covenant and you live in it. Now, you can proclaim, “I am a strong woman or man and I can finish this work load within two days.” You are not proud – not at all. You are only speaking reality. You can say, “I am so brilliant.” Not because we are proud but because these things are the reality of who we are.
In v. 29, Paul says, “To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” Paul speaks of the energy he has inside of him given only by God. My point here is if we must boast, we boast in Christ Jesus, knowing fully well that we are working in the reality of who we are.