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Friday, October 5, 2012

Day 5 Lessons in Waiting Part 2 = Strength

Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do.  Sometimes you don't have a choice in the matter.  Sometimes you don't have the strength to do the things you have to get done.  This is where waiting on the Lord equips a believer in Christ with super natural strength. It's the epi power of the Holy Spirit coming upon you and filling you with His strength. 

This epi power is a form of the gift of the Spirit -- it is free to receive.  In my experience it comes with time spent waiting on the Lord.  One may never know the time and hour of when the Holy Spirit will manifest itself in an epi filling.  He is always willing, I think that the question is are we willing to receive it?  So I risk saying that it comes with a price tag.  Not one that costs real money or that can be bought off by bribing God in some twisted fashion  But in a way, it takes the hard work of an honest heart to commit themselves to His ways, being patient and waiting.  It requires the self-discipline of waiting on the Lord.  To wait on the Lord for me means, to put what little human effort and strength I can muster into believing an answer or breakthrough will occur.  Sometimes it's a prayer that needs an answer.  Sometimes it's just strength to take another step or another breath to move forward.  In this act of believing our hope is refreshed and our learned ability to trust God with our lives is strengthened.  Even though we may continue to stumble and fall He fills us up (epi) to overflowing. This equips me to grow stronger and stronger in Him.  I am capable of facing the giants because he is able to do exceedingly more than I can imagine.

"He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary. And the young may stumble and fall.  But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary and walk an not faint." Isaiah 40:29-31

I was able to do things in my body that just did not seem possible.  I felt like dying.  Chemo drugs bring you to the doorstep of death with out letting you actually die, you only feel like it.  Getting out of bed was a chore.  Eating was a mountain I couldn't climb.  You get the point.  Not only did this filling empower me but it gave me the courage to face another day of uncertainty.  This was a huge lesson in waiting and an even bigger lesson in the growth of my faith.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

"Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, wait I say on the Lord." Psalm 27:14

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