Plenty of Reasons Why
Strength in the Lord is essential for successful Christian living

Strength of faith

Arthur believes in things that he can't see; like being a part of God's family, that he is loved overwhelmingly, and being protected and cared for by His heavenly Father.

Strength to trust

Arthur trusts God to do the things that only He can do. He trusts God to guide and steer him through his life everyday, and to help those he prays for.

Strong community spirit

Arthur is a member of numerous communities:, family, school, church, soccer. He comtributes like a team player, using the gifts and abilities he has. His friends know they can depend on him to use his ability well, and add strength to their group.

Strength of self control

Arthur relies on the power of the Holy Spirit to help control the many forces he has to battle against to remain holy. The Holy Spirit gives him the capability to manage and overcome his weaknesses supernaturally.

Strength to sacrifice

The Lord relies on strong people who are willing to make sacrifices and give things up so that God's work gets done. Arthur has real commitment to the cause, and works for the good of others, selflessly.

About Inner Strength

Physical strength can have many uses, but possessing inner strength can have many important benefits too. These range from: having the guts to face up to inter-personal confrontations, dealing with tragic events of grief or anger, or just handling everyday challenging situations where we are well out of our comfort zone. Additionally, inner strength empowers us to break harmful habits, and overcome the sinful forces that prevent us from growing spiritually. Inner strength is essential for making the most of your life and becoming the best that you can be.

Most Christians will admit that they have weaknesses and do not possess enough of their own inner strength to overcome them. Weaknesses derived from the seven deadly sins cling to us quite persistantly. Pride, avarice, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth; all need to be eliminated and replaced by good qualities in order to be a true Christian. This is why we say that the strength of the Lord is essential for successful Christian living. Christians will find that acheiving a strong faith, becoming an unconditional loving person, and living a holy life; is well beyond their own personal ability. For these times that we do not have enough strength to transform and uplift ourselves to a better level of person, God can help us by supplying His spiritual strength to our lives.

Our spiritual life includes things like the thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, emotions, desires, morals, character, self control and self-esteem. Developing spiritual growth and maturity through each of these aspects is a life long process, and becoming a person of integrity is a worthy goal for a true follower of Christ, but only a strong person has any hope of achieving it. The sinful nature is stubborn; it does not give itself up so quickly or easily.

Our spiritual side is really important to God because it is what determines the foundations of how we live in relation to ourselves and others, and toward Him. This is where attitudes of good-will, unselfishness, kindness, compassion, faithfulness and generosity are expressed towards others, and what makes our communities peaceful, merciful, supportive and fair; which reflects God's will for mankind. Inner strength affects our ability to develop these good, positive and beneficial spiritual qualities, as defined by God.

A person with inner strength is precious to the world and to God. They have bothered to make persistant and conscious efforts to replace selfish or bad qualities with selfless and good qualities, and then live those qualities through their actions for the sake of others. This effort starts with self examination, comparison to God's standard, and repentance leading to change. God is an active partner in this process. Most of the time we can only achieve success in the spiritual department by constant reliance on God to supply us with His holy strength.

Question: An athlete has a plan to become the best he can be. Do you have a plan to develop your inner strength, or do you expect it will just happen as a matter of course?