It’s easy to feel weak. Overwhelmed, not up to it. To feel like you’ve been going and going and going and, like you’re definitely NOT the Energizer Bunny.
Sometimes it’s not just physical weakness that you feel, its spiritual weakness. Like you’re ok, until the slightest little attack comes, and then you shatter and fall apart. You’re doing fine, and all of a sudden you hit a bump in the road and your whole applecart turns over, leaving you with a chaotic mess.
Another area of weakness can be in the area of finances and bills. You’re just able to make it if you have no financial surprises. Then, the car breaks down, or the kids need something ELSE for school and you just don’t know how you’re going to make it.
When you feel like you’ve done all that you can do, that’s when you get God to do what only HE can do. In Joel 3:10, he tells you HOW He will work with you, and what else you need to do.
Specifically when you’re feeling weak and overwhelmed, there’s something you NEED to DO. He says, “Let the weak DO something and say something.”
What is it you need to do when you’re weak? “Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weak say I am STRONG.”
What’s this mean? First, it means that you HAVE the resources you need, but you need to USE them differently than you have before. He says, you need to aggressively deal with your situation instead of waiting passively for your situation to deal with you.
This can be as simple as the phone call I got the other day from a widow who couldn’t pay her electric bill, and she’d gotten a cutoff notice. She wasn’t asking for money, she just wanted to talk. I asked her what she was doing NOW about the cutoff notice she’d received. She said there was nothing she could do, so she was just waiting for them to come and shut off her electricity – leaving her in the dark!
I shared this Bible principle with her. I asked her if she had CALLED the Electric Company. She hadn’t. I asked her if she had explained her situation; attempted to set up a payment plan, or had she called the Tri County Energy Assistance Program. She hadn’t.
So, after explaining this verse a little, she understood, to use her phone, not as a means of idle conversation, or of getting sympathy, but as a way of dealing with her situation, and getting her needs met. She then was able to take the actions she needed to take, and keep her electric on, through an arrangement she was able to make.
Beating your plowshare into a sword means exactly that. To USE what you have to defeat the circum-stances that are trying to destroy you. Same thing with the pruninghook being turned into a spear. God’s saying that you have more resources in your favor than you realize. It takes praying, letting God SHOW YOU what you have to work with, getting an inspired idea, and then ACTING on it.
You’ve GOT to take those first three steps, if you’re not going to be a perpetual victim in life. You’ve got to PRAY to the Source of the IDEA that you need. Listen, and be open to something NEW to come. Then take ACTION, to set your solution into motion.
Then, there’s this last part. SPEAK the right thing. Instead of going around all pitiful, seeking sympathy and telling how awful everything is, speak about how WELL you’re being taken care of! Nothing will destroy your faith and block inspired ideas like self-pity!
It’s EASIER to seek pity than it is to take action, but it WON’T get your needs met! That’s why God says, “Let the weak speak right: say, “I am STRONG!”
That’s the quickest way to defeat fear. Fear is real force. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but no power, love and of a sound mind.”
If we have a spirit of fear, it’s not from God. So you can ask God to root it up. He didn’t plant that fear in your heart. Perfect love casts out fear. Jesus is perfect love. Every planted by the Father will be rooted up, Jesus says Matthew 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Fear causes you to miss God. It causes you to not recognize when your answer comes. It wears down your strength. Fear keeps you under condemnation, because all of these missed blessings cause you to feel inferior.
Say, “God has not given me a spirit of fear. He has given me a spirit of love, a spirit of power and a sound mind to operate in. perfect Love casts out fear. Jesus casts out the fear of failure, the fear of poverty, the fear of sickness, the fear of rejection, and the fear of anything else that God did not put there. I am bold in Jesus, bold as a lion. The Bible says the righteous shall be bold as a lion and Jesus says I am righteous by faith. So I am bold. I am fearless. I am loving. I am powerful and I am sound in my thinking, in Jesus name!
It’s that sense of weakness and inadequacy that keeps you from doing what you NEED to do. It’s that weakness that keeps you from being what God meant for you to be. It’s what makes you afraid of other people’s opinions and makes you fear rejection. Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man bringeth a snare.” It’ll catch you. Fear of other people is the bait that catches you in the trap that holds you back from God’s best blessings in your life.
It comes down to this: What and Who are you going to believe in? You can be like King Agrippa in the Book of Acts. He said to the Apostle Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” Or, “I ALMOST made the choice to do the right thing…but I DIDN’T!”
King Agrippa had an “almost” life. That’s not what YOU want. A “could’ve” life. Where you could’ve had a better home life. Could’ve raised better kids. Almost got a good job with better pay. Just about became a truly spiritual individual. Almost did, but DIDN’T!
God never intended for you to have an “almost” life. He has always wanted to give you His best in this life and the next. Jesus said for us not to be afraid in life, because God WANTS to give us His best. In Luke 12:32, He said, “Fear not…It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”
Our old thinking and traditional religious mindsets tell us that God wants us to just barely make it; to struggle through life crawling along the side of the road. But that’s not what the Bible says. In fact, Jesus said that this kind of traditional religious thinking limits God, and keeps Him from working in our lives like He wants to do!
In Matthew 15:6, Jesus says that we make the Word of God to where it can’t even work in our lives, when we go by our traditions, rather than going by what God says.
So, what do we do? We can either acknowledge how we’re FEELING or we can acknowledge what God is SAYING. Paul said this, in 2 Corinthians 12:10. “When I am weak (that is, weak in myself), then I am strong (strong in letting God’s Spirit work through me to deal with my situation).”
Instead of worrying, and wondering what will happen if God doesn’t answer your prayers – instead of torturing yourself with the fear that everything you value is going to crumble or be taken from you, SPEAK what God says!
Worrying is nothing less than “negative prophesying.” It’s doubt, in action. It’s looking at, listening to and experiencing failures that haven’t even happened! It’s living as though God ISN’T alive! “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercies!” that’s what Jonah 2:8 says.
That’s why it begins with turning to God in real, heartfelt prayer. Daniel 11:32 has this promise: “They that do know their God SHALL BE STRONG and do exploits.” Instead of saying, “I’ve got to be stronger,” start getting to know your God better.
Isaiah 53:12 says that Jesus shall divide the spoil (the treasures taken in battle) with the strong. The spoils of battle are the treasures that the winner takes back from the defeated enemy. Jesus will divide, or give you, if you’re believing in His strength, what Satan has been holding back from you in life.
Jesus will give you the strength to raise that child to be all that he or she was meant to be. He will give you that answer to prayer that seems so long in coming. He will give you that better job, that newer car, that relationship that has been eluding you.
Seek God. Ask Him to reveal to you the way to use your God! Speak what HE says, not what your fears and doubts say! Get your eyes off of past failures and mistakes and begin to move forward in God and in His power. Stop believing in YOUR weakness, and start believing in God’s strength!
Hebrews 9:11 says that Jesus is our High Priest of good things to come. He is YOUR High Priest of GOOD THINGS that are on the way to YOU!