Energy + Resistance = Strength

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I just remembered something the other day that someone told me years ago. It occasionally comes to my mind, especially when I’m facing something hard. It’s a little statement but spiritually profound:
“Energy meeting resistance builds strength.”

It’s a physical analogy that applies well to life in general. When we work out, physically, we need to put forth alot of energy. And it’s even more beneficial if there’s some kind of resistance, like weights. That’s when we can really build strength and muscle, right?

On a spiritual level, the same is true. There are specific things we’re called to do (by God’s grace, and through His power)…study God’s Word diligently, pray effectively, make disciples, love and serve others… When we face resistance, which can be in all shapes and sizes, we need to meet that resistance with even more energy, and ultimately God will make us stronger in the process. If we give up and get discouraged, angry, or just plain lazy, we miss out on that opportunity for growth.

*I Tim. 4:7-8 Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

*I Cor. 9:24-27 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

*Hebrews 12:1-2 Let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

*I Peter 5:8-11 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert! Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But RESIST him, firm in your faith…and after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ will Himself perfect, confirm, STRENGTHEN, and establish you. TO HIM BE DOMINION FOREVER AND EVER. Amen.

Father, I pray that you would motivate us and empower us by Your Spirit to resist the enemy and run this race for Your honor and glory. May we be good stewards of the manifold grace that You’ve given us.

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4 Responses to “Energy + Resistance = Strength”

  1. Gail Yates Says:

    Wonderful as usual…Thanks for your thoughts, Charity. You certainly have a gift.
    I love you, Gail

  2. Charity Says:

    Love you, too, Gail!! thanks for the encouragement! =)

  3. Julie Says:

    I really needed to hear that. I am at a place in my life where I am ready to give up. Reading your thoughts and the Bible verses has really helped me….please pray diligently for me…Thanks!

  4. Charity Hall Says:

    I’m praying for you, Julie. Let me know if you need to talk… I’d love to get together.

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