Receive My Glory-strength. When ongoing problems require you to stick it out over the long haul, your faith sometimes falters. That’s when you resort to grimly gritting your teeth—simply passing time in a negative frame of mind. This is not the way I want you to deal with difficulties. I am sovereign over the circumstances of your life, so there are always opportunities to be found in them. Sometimes those opportunities are so obvious you can’t miss seeing them. At other times—especially when the journey is hard and seems endless—you have to search for hidden treasure. Do not be like the man who hid his master’s talent in the ground because he was disgruntled with his circumstances. He gave up and took the easy way out: blaming his hard situation rather than making the most of his opportunity. The truth is, the more difficult your situation, the more treasure there is for you to discover in it.
I gladly give you Glory-strength; it is limitless and freely available to each of My followers. It is exceedingly potent, because the Spirit Himself empowers you—strengthening you with Power in your inner being. Moreover, Glory-strength enables you to keep on enduring the unendurable. Since this strength has no limits, there is more than enough of it to spill over into Joy!
We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy.
~ Colossians 1:11 [MSG]
See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power . . . and his recompense accompanies him.
~ Isaiah 40:10
And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.”
~ Matthew 25:25 [NKJV]
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
~ Ephesians 3:16