Our Spiritual Muscles
We Have Spiritual Muscles – Part II
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:6-21
Key Verses: Hebrews 13:20-21
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Yesterday’s devotional reminded us that it is God Himself who gives us all the spiritual muscles that we need. This week’s Scripture Reading describes the results of understanding that we have these spiritual muscles:
So, we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Hebrews 13:6)
Can you say, with confidence, that since the Lord is your helper, you will not be afraid?
Those who understand that God gives spiritual muscles to His children can feel assured that nothing can stand against them. “Do not be afraid” is the most repeated phrase in the Bible.
If God gives us the muscles needed to accomplish all that He wants us to accomplish, the only thing that can stop us is our fears! In other words, fear can keep us from trying to do things that God wants us to do even though we have the muscles to do it.
Have you heard this? A man passed by some elephants held only by a small rope tied to their front leg. Encountering the elephant trainer, he asked why these elephants did not simply break free from this small rope. The trainer explained that when these elephants were very young that same-sized rope was strong enough to hold them. As they grew up, they stopped pulling on the rope because they believed they could not break away. Even though the elephant gets bigger and stronger, they still believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.
Far too many believers do not try to break bad habits and addictions, or to accomplish great things for God because their experiences before they became believers conditioned them so that they believe they do not have the strength. Far too many believers have fears that their experiences have embedded in them, and they are still allowing these fears to haunt them as a child of God. These believers must learn that God gave them spiritual muscles the moment they believed in Jesus and asked Him into their lives.
The “rope” that holds them back is no longer able to stop them from living the life of freedom and joy that Jesus died to give them!
Father, remind me that I can say, with confidence, You are my helper and there is no need to fear. I ask in Jesus’s Name, amen.