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STRENGTH

When we think of strength we usually think of muscles, but is strength all about muscles? No! you can have strength in two very different ways.

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What does it mean to have the character trait of Strength?

Strength, refers to the quality or state of being physically, mentally or spiritually strong, or ones ability to withstand great forces of pressure.

 

Strength is often associated with having big muscles, people have a tendency of picturing athletes or super hero's, with super human abilities but there are other forms of strength, like strength of the mind, faith or character.

Mental strength or strength of the mind is what we call Resilience, which is our capacity to recover quickly or  ‘bounce back’ in the face of adversity or difficulty.

Then there is spiritual strength seen in the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel Chapter 17:1-58). Spiritual strength is about our character. Character traits like courage, determination, faith and much more that keep us active and moving when it is the right time to do so.

Categories of strength:

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Spiritual Strength or strength of character: the possession of character traits that enable one to endure challenges. This requires life experiences and in many cases a strength of faith.

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strength of faith is also spiritual strength, it is the ability to endure challenges through faith in God. This requires our practicing belief in God.

Physical strength: the ability to endure physically demanding challenges. This generally requires some kind of muscle.

Mental strength: the mental ability to endure challenges. This usually requires life experiences.

Can you think of a time you felt strength of the mind or body?

It is important to remind ourselves that we are capable of great things and overcoming even the most seemingly, hopeless, situations. Throughout time people have done amazing things. We have even, at times called on superhuman physical strengths. All of those times of physical strength in the face of danger do rely on our mental strength. God gives us these strengths. He is always with us guiding us and if we call upon him in our times of need, he will strengthen us to get through it. If you are ever feeling burdened or weak, remember to talk to God and ask him to take away the burden to strengthen you.

Spiritual Strength (of Character)

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Humble: apologize when you have done something wrong

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Humble: Defer to others when the time calls for it.

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Persistence: Avoid shortcuts

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Honesty, tell the truth

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Kindness, offer kindness

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Bravery, volunteer to take responsibilities even when they're difficult or challenging.

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Modesty: Share or give credit to others for their work and be public in gratitude to others.

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Faith, have a solid belief in God and our savior Jesus Christ.

Character Trait

What God's word says about strength

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Don't fear, be strong and courageous.

Deuteronomy 31:6

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God will strengthen you.

Philippians 4:13

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Seek God first

Matthew 6:33

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Wait on the LORD

Isaiah 40:31

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Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

 

What It Means

In this verse Moses is reassuring the Israelite's, he tells them before this verse that he is no longer able to travel back and forth and he will not be taking them to the promised land. He says the above quote before announcing Joshua as the new God appointed leader. The verse is meant to give the people the motive and power to be strong and of good courage in the face of tribulations, it is meant to call them to action so they won't be stunted and frozen in fear. Terror is a powerful force that can freeze us in action, rendering us powerless. Moses assures the people that the LORD is with them and will not leave, fail or forsake them. In this the people were to see the LORD as a warrior, the strongest, most powerful warrior there could ever be and feel content and strength in their God being with them.

As Christians we are to have strength knowing that God is always with us.

Let's look at a story in the Bible

David and Goliath

Found in 1 Samuel 17

The story teaches us that our strength is less about muscle and more about faith and character. David didn't need armor or weapons to face Goliath, he only needed his faith in God's protection. God led David to pick up the stones. David required a strength of faith and to have the character traits of courage, faith and determination to face Goliath and sling the stone. This story is so great because it shows us how God requires us to play an active role in our lives. David couldn't just rely on faith, he didn't just stand still and say 'God will take care of Goliath'. No he picked up that stone and he flung it. Strength in many ways brings us into alignment through spirit, character, mind and body, all of these things come together to strengthen us.

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