By: Tim Sader
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!
This week I am really having to deal with some kind stomach bug or virus it knocked me down for a couple days but with the Lords help and His strength things will get better. I would like to ask everyone to keep me in their prayers as I recover from whatever this is trying to attack me its been rough but God is good. Today I was not prepared to write a new torch so I will be sending a classic torch that really spoke to me and the way I been feeling. I needed a reminder today that when I can’t do things on my own He is there and will help me through it. When I’m weak, He is Strong! Next week we will continue with our study on the words in red thanks for your prayers and Through Christ we always have the victoty!
Today I would like us to see the Lords strength when we are weak. Just as he won’t let us be tempted beyond or level of temptation he will be strong for us when we are weak. Sunday one of the songs repeated, “when I’m weak, your strong.” This saying hits home for me in so many ways it is almost the story of my life. I have a disease that weakens my muscles making them barely function so I know weakness in the physical sense for sure. The Lord has been my strength so many times both physically, spiritually and every way in between. It’s easy to get discouraged, lose faith and question his word in all our lives but we must remember when we are weak he is strong and it’s all in his hands. Are there areas in your life where you’re weak and burdened down? I was feeling kind of weak today trying to write this torch I simply lacked the motivation today but by the Lords strength it will be written and minister to those who read it. Psalm 72:13 says, “He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.” When we are weak the Lord has pity on us and will save us from our trouble, even death. Whatever weaknesses you have today give them to him and he will fix them, like only he can.
He knows exactly what we need before we even know what we need. Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” There are times when we are so burdened down and so weak we don’t know what to pray or even how to pray for it but the spirit of God inside of us knows and will help us if we put it in the Lords hands. Our spirit can ask for what we cannot because it needs no words to communicate with God he knows because he is Spirit also. In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Gods power is made perfect in weakness because he can show the work of his hands in our lives. Instead of getting down when we feel weak in anyway we should rejoice because we can be sure the Lord is about to show up in a mighty way. When we feel weak we must remember we are strong in the Lord.
Psalm 12:5 says, “Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD. “I will protect them from those who malign them.” When we feel oppression by others around us and are weak because of what they may or may not be saying about us the Lord will come to our aid. He will not let the lies of the enemy or false words destroy us. He will rise up in these weakest moments and protect us from their attacks. Psalm 82:3-4 says, “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” If we are serving the Lord part of our job is to also be strong when others are weak and need our support it anyway we can offer. We are to be doing the work of the Lord, which is offering a helping hand to those in need, or writing a check to pay someone’s rent who lost their job. We are to do the Lords work for the weak just as he will rise up for us and help us when we are weak.
Ezekiel 34:16 says, “I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” When an animal in a flock becomes old, injured or weak they may get lost from the rest of the flock same thing happens to us when we get weak. In our times of weakness when we get lost the Lord will search for us until he finds us. He will patch us up and give us the rest we need until we can stand on our own with the rest of the sheep. God has mercy on the weak because they are weak and can’t do it on their own it is the strong who think they can do things without help that will be in danger of destruction. The shepherd knows his sheep and will handle them based on their individual needs. If they don’t need him he won’t bother with them. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. ” Not everything the Lord does makes sense to us its not always strength that makes a man mighty. Strength is sometimes made perfect in weakness because it takes a bigger man to ask for help but when we ask for help we receive it and can achieve far greater then what the man who did it on his own could do. By admitting weakness we allow God the chance to love us by lending us a helping hand.
When we are strong we must realize that strength comes from the Lord and is not something we achieved n our own. Romans 15:1 says, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” When we are strong in him we must not forsake the weak because they will keep us humble when we stand with them by our strength. We are not to do this to be recognized by our good deeds but to see the weak strengthened by the lord inside of us. Joel 3:10 says, “Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” We are all fighting some kind of battle in our lives even if its just between good and evil we are fighting for something. We are all warriors from the strongest Christian to the weakest of the weak we are all strong and should say we are strong because with the Lord in us and on our side we can be strong in our weakest moments. Today’s scripture says to, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” This is what we must learn to do when the whole world seems to be against us God is still fighting on our side and we can be strong in his mighty power. If you are weak today put all your trust in the Lord and he will give you the strength you need in your time of need.
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding a weekly or bi-weekly group discussion at my church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view School of the Spirit meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com and register for free then watch Friday for School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking the watch live tab at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the message spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you do that.
Look out for next Tuesdays Torch found on www.myspace.com/trippy91 or sent from email@example.com this study is written by Tim Sader inspired by The Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27