with ALL my strength

The post I was writing this morning suddenly hit a roadblock … no matter how hard I tried I could not get past the barricade.  So I concluded God had something else in store for me …

So in the Berean Bible on my netbook, I felt compelled to do a word search on the word strength … and this is what my eyes were opened to see.

One of the scribes asked Jesus “Which commandment is the greatest of all?”

And Jesus responded with what we typically know as the Greatest Commandment …

‘You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind and with ALL your strength.’  Mark 12:30 (ESV)

But Lord, if I love you with ALL my heart, with ALL my soul, with ALL my mind, and with ALL my strength; I will have no love left for my neighbor, I will be unable to nourish my soul, I will be unable to renew my mind, and I will have no strength to fight my own hour-to-hour and day-to-day battles …

And in a still small voice, I clearly heard the answer ‘Exactly.’

The Greatest Commandment is about an ALL consuming love of God’s children for their Abba Father … while at the same time it is about a COMPLETE depletion of self.

What did John the Baptist say? He must increase, but I must decrease.’ John 3:30 (ESV)

And Paul perfectly describes what occurs as a result …

‘I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives IN me.’  Galatians 2:20 (ESV)

The very things we believe we must be doing … are the very things that Christ Jesus living IN us longs to do through us.

In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 we get even more insight as Paul pleads with the Lord to remove the thorn in his flesh and the Lord responds …

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

And Paul responds …

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Just to seal the deal, two more verses on strength …

‘Be strong IN the Lord and IN the strength of his might.’ Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)

‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

In my battle with cancer, the strength I am currently experiencing is coming from the Lord … may all glory and honor be His in the midst of my weaknesses!

My responsibility … to love Him with ALL my strength!

Bernie

About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to with ALL my strength

  1. jimdavenport says:

    Bernie, my Pastor, Dr. Keith Pisani has a very unique definition for the word ALL. He possibly picked it up from one of his mentors, but I will attribute it to him nonetheless as he is the only one I’ve heard use this terminology. Dr. Pisani says “ALL means ALL, and that’s ALL that ALL can mean. So depending on our strength is so feeble when we have the power of God at our disposal. I, too, face a medical condition that is difficult. At times I think that I am doing pretty well, only to be reminded that I am totally dependent on God for ALL of my strength. His grace is sufficient for me and so is His strength. May we both depend on God for ALL of our needs. Jim D.

    • bwebbjr says:

      Jim … seems like your Pastor Dr. Pisani is a very wise man. His definition of ALL seems spot on to me. Despite the fact that human strength is indeed so feeble when we have the power of God at our disposal, oftentimes we foolishly cling to that which we can control vs, trusting the Lord God Almighty, don’t we? It is a blessing and an encouragement to hear that the Lord is providing His strength in the midst of your medical condition. Yes, indeed may we both depend on God for ALL our needs.

      Thanks for adding clarity to this post Jim!

      Bernie

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