Spiritual Strength

Our muscles are Bigger in the Shadow

Do you remember standing in the evening sun as a kid having fun making “muscle poses” with your shadow and noticing how much bigger they looked?Shadow, Cross, Christian, Religion, Religious

Thanks to my daughter I relived that childhood memory, and as I did a very serious thought came to my mind – my faith muscles get much bigger as I stand in the shadow of the cross.

In the cross’ shadow we’re able to relive the moment that gave us life, and in the cross’ shadow God’s grace strengthens us so we can carry the cross that we’re called to bear (Luke 9:23). EA

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13


We’re called to love God with all of it that we have (Mark 12:30). A post-converted apostle was called to give it to his brethren (Luke 22:32). Jesus received it from the angels who visited him (Luke 22:43). What is it? It’s spiritual strength! And without it we’re sitting ducks for the devil.

A strong spiritual strength can do things that Samson never imagined. It caused a man named Saul to stand stronger for the cause of the Lord than he had stood against it (Acts 9:21-24). This same man would go on to tell the church at Philippi that he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him (Philippians 4:13). And the proof of that confidence wasn’t written on a plague, picture or plate that hung on his wall – it was seen in all the different ways that he suffered through weakness so that the strength of God could be used and seen through him (2 Corinthians 1:8-10, 12:9; 2 Timothy 4:14-18).

A strong spiritual strength has nothing to do with the outer muscles of the body. A strong spiritual strength has everything to do with the inner muscles of the soul. It’s the inner man that’s called to move mountains by faith (Mark 11:20-23; Ephesians 3:13-19). That’s why the faithful rely upon the Lord as their strength – because they know that the strength of flesh’s arm will inevitability fail (2 Chronicles 32:1-8; Psalm 18:2, 52:1-9; Isaiah 31:3).

If we lean upon our own strength we will fail spiritually, but if we rely upon the one who doesn’t grow tired, then he will bear our weariness and weakness for us (Isaiah 40:25-31; 2 Corinthians 12:10). EA

“We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks. Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in. You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength. For He brings down those who dwell on high, the lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust.” Isaiah 26:1-5