How great it is for a man to be full of strength and to walk with much power. It’s an honor to have the right attitude, an honor to use your strength for the good of others. Everyone wants to succeed and many fight to do so. But not all are able to have such strength, not many of us are able to perform according to our dreams and wishes. What is this weakness, and how is it possible to still be able to succeed without having the perfect strength of your own? Is there a way to deal with the waves of weakness that every new day is able to reveal in us?
It’s such a nice theme that I really enjoy writing about it. Much of what I’m going to tell you in this article will be formed while I’m still typing. Like many other writers it’s also not easy for me to write down everything in a perfect way, I’ve to deal with this weakness of not being able to put everything on paper what I know as truth in my spirit.
It is very honourable to know how to deal rightly in times of weakness, either physical or spiritual. In order to do so we really have to understand what weakness really is, we have to know when we are weak and be sensible to times when we cannot deal with certain parts of our lives. It’s indeed a prideful attitude many of us have when we do not sense that in reality, we cannot accomplish something but still try to do so in our own strength and ability.
How I define weakness, and I think many will agree with this definition, is that it is a condition where you cannot perform to a certain requested standard. This can be known in our physical life, but even more in our spirit. The soul plays a more controlling role in this story. The Bible talks about having a strong spirit, but never about a strong soul. Our soul is the part of us that will either agree to the condition of our spirit, or disagree, and do its own stubborn will. Our souls are linked closely to our hearts and it controls how our body functions.
Now imagine that you are walking through the streets, and you enter a mall with much other people walking around and some of them sit there and watch people walk by. The moment you pass through a place where you are being seen, something will happen in your confidence. It’s as if you suddenly have the feeling that you have to measure up to a certain standard, isn’t it? There is something very weird going on in all of us when we are being watched by other people, and somehow, we all sense this. Some of us more than others do.
In this moment of having the feeling of measuring up to another standard, we may loose confidence and not be sure anymore of how to behave rightly. At this point you start to be weak and maybe stumble a bit while you walk by. The same may happen when you talk to somebody you have no complete peace with.
In my opinion this is something spiritual and with it comes the question of how to deal with this spiritually. We know there are physical laws nature functions on, so in order to solve our problem, we’ll have to understand the spiritual law behind it. I prefer to call the upcoming solution part of a faith principle.
We just talked about measuring up to a certain standard, but why so? The way to understand what the role of this standard is we’ll have to know how people function. I have the idea that all of us have a personal opinion of good and evil. It depends though, on where we base this opinion upon. For Christians it is the Bible, for Muslims it is their holy book, and for Buddhists it’s the opinion of a certain high ranked guru who has much experiential knowledge of the transcendental realm. The thing we base our opinion on is the standard we judge others by. Some people even tend to set their own lives as a standard by which to judge, think about it, how foolish!
There are a few connections being made in my mind at this point, and they have to do with judging, and being a free person. I will explain the judging part first, because it fits very well in our example of walking through the mall and being looked at by others.
You’ll stumble when you comply to the subconscious judgment of other people if you have no steady knowledge of that what you are is good and not wrong. In this story you have to be sure that your standard is the right one, and that you are rightly measuring up to this standard. If you are on one line with me now, you now can understand that this may influence the confidence of the one who started to look at you, because he now senses (either conscious of this or not) that you are in a position that is spiritually more stable than his – at least, after reading this article!
In order to have this right stability we have to know our standard, and I will speak now from a Christian point of view. We have to know the Bible, what Gods Word is, what He wants from us. We also have to understand that this Word of God is fully reliable and this trust comes from an experiential knowledge of relying on this Word. We call this saving faith! We grow in this faith by being more like Jesus, in this we will get to know Him more.
Besides knowing God we rely upon, we have to know that we are measuring up to His standard, that means that we have to understand what He says about us and what His thoughts are about us. Because of the sacrifice on the cross, we now may know that we are made right. This knowledge though, has more dimensions to it than just knowing about it. – We have to get to know Him personally, and being conscious of us being right with Him is what we call having the mind of Christ.
Do you now understand what it means for us as Christians? We may stand and walk completely stable and with great confidence, knowing that we are backed up by the power that is behind the standard we rest upon. Because walking in the personality of Jesus Christ now is backed up by an immense spiritual force. This though, is part of another article.
When we are sensing weakness coming up in us, we now know that all we have to do, is to become conscious again of our true position as Christians. We have to sink into Jesus, taking on His personality and not counting on our own ability to perform good (measuring up to our standard), but knowing that when we just fully rely on Him, we will be backed up by His power also. Sinking into Him is made very easy when you do not consider your own life, but count yourself as being dead to the many diverse cares of this world, and focus entirely on His care, on His mission, the proclaiming of the Kingdom of God.
This is how we get to know the grace of Jesus Christ, helping us in our weakness, our inability to perform. This is what it means to be strong in His might. This brings us clearance on what Paul told us in the book of Ephesians:
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Ofcourse, this is just a small explanation of a higher truth. It is but a small principle of faith that is looked at, there are so much more aspects of our salvation that can be considered and brought to a deeper level of understanding! The most important thing for us to focus on is to be able to listen to what the Holy Spirit is teaching us, and He will indeed teach us all things!