The Strength Exchange – Rhapsody Of Realities TeeVo Devotional February 12th

(Your Weakness Is Exchanged For God’s Strength)

TO THE BIBLE: 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
“But 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.”

“Dan, why are you looking so exhausted? What happened?” inquired Pastor Fred.
“Earlier this morning, I was out winning souls and it was tough, Pastor. I had to do a lot of convincing and cajoling, but eventually, I led three people to Christ” Dan replied,

“Wow, that’s wonderful, Dan! But leading people to Christ doesn’t have to be stressful. Perhaps you relied too much on your own smarts and eloquence as you shared the gospel, because the Lord never allows you to wear out as you serve Him. He renews your strength always.”

Isaiah 40:30-31 TLB puts this beautifully: “…The youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

The Hebrew word translated “renew” above literally means “to bring back to life.” The picture is of a felled tree that’s expected to die but suddenly revives. It’s a kind of transformation where “death” is replaced with new life; weakness is replaced with strength. Hallelujah!

One of its synonyms is “substitute” or “exchange.” Thus, your weakness is exchanged for His strength. No wonder Paul said in Colossians 1:29 TLB, “This is my work, and I can do it only because Christ’s mighty energy is at work within me.” So, it’s about God’s divine strength at work in you.

This is God’s plan; Isaiah 40:29 shows He gives power and strength to the weak. With Him, you never run out of might and inspiration.

It brings to mind the words of Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:16: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

As you work for and with the Lord, there’s a renewal of your strength. You’re constantly refreshed and rejuvenated by the Spirit of God to be afire, inspired and full of joy as you serve Him. Be conscious of this.

Go Deeper
Isaiah 40:29; Psalm 103:1-5; Ephesians 3:16

I’m constantly refreshed and rejuvenated by the Spirit of God; inspired and full of joy to serve the Lord. I’m strong in the grace of Jesus Christ, competent and ready for every good work. He is the strength of my life. Hallelujah!

Daily Bible Reading
Matthew 27:45-66, Leviticus 1-3
Acts 17:10-21, Psalm 14-16

Take the next few minutes to speak fervidly in tongues. As you do, you’ll experience renewed strength and freshness in your spirit.

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