When I was a child, my sister and I sometimes ventured to ride our brother’s big black horse, Smoky, instead of our two little Shetland ponies. Even though we knew only our brother could handle him. We would ride together, but Smoky often outwitted and overpowered us. He would purposely walk under the clothes line to shove us off or rub against the haystack to scrape us off. He was determined we were unwanted pests.
As my mind wandered to this memory, I thought, “I wish I could shove or scrape off the unwanted riders in my heart and mind that easily. Those pests of insecurity and shame. The felon of fear. I wish I had the strength and determination that Smoky had.”
The truth is I can never do it in my own strength. I have no might against the enemy.
How then will we ever conquer those unwanted pests and enemies? We are but fragile clay jars with no power in ourselves, but through Jesus we have a treasure in our hearts. A treasure that can only be given by Him. And in this treasure we have the power.
“We now have this light shining in our hearts,
but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars
containing this great treasure.
This makes it clear that our great power is from God,
not from ourselves.”
2 Corinthians 4:7
Those formidable enemies of insecurity, shame, and fear can straddle our backs and cling on like bloodsuckers. It is impossible to remove them without the strength of Jesus, endlessly stronger than a horse. Through His mighty saving grace we can shove off those enemies into the pool of His promises where they no longer have a voice.
When insecurity digs its heels into our backs, He promises we are enough. We are even precious to Him and honored.
“Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you.”
When shame and self-condemnation cut into our insides, He promises He will not condemn us.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
When fear stubbornly hangs on and holds us back, He promises His strength will lead us to victory.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.”
When insecurity, shame, and fear ride our backs and dig into our hearts, we have more muscles than horsepower. We have Christ power. Incredible power. Mighty power. The same power that raised Christ from the dead. Through Him, we can conquer all enemies.
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”
by Mercy Me
Jesus, please give us the strength and desire
to tap into the great power You have purchased for us!
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