I don’t think anyone would go on a two week trip without packing a suitcase, checking the weather, and making provisions for the journey. I call that “equipping” yourself for the trip. Well, in a Christian’s life, living in the “STRENGTH ZONE” means there is some equipping that needs to take place.
God didn’t just create us and put us on earth to get by; He put us on earth to THRIVE. He provided everything we would need to equip us to do His will. Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God PREPARED IN ADVANCE for us to do.” Before we were ever born, God had a plan, a “strength zone,” that He prepared in advance for us to live and operate in. He promised to equip us and provide for us. Our job is to surrender, trust, renew and next, ALLOW HIM TO EQUIP US. Hebrews 13:21, “May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him.”
God sent his Son, Jesus (who was fully God), to live on this earth, to “Live out Loud,” a living example for us to follow. Jesus was sent to inspire the “written Word,” the Bible, and to die and be resurrected to pay for our sins. The Holy Spirit was then sent to enable us for our life on earth. We have the equipment, we just have to choose to use it.
When we surrender, we are sent the Holy Spirit. When we trust, we allow our faith to be activated and strengthened. And when we renew our minds through reading His Word, we are enabled to change the way we think. These steps lead to us being EQUIPPED to do all He created each of us to do. Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Reading and studying God’s Word, including listening to sermons by ministers whom God has called, teaches us and equips us for our “Strength Zone”. God’s word says in Jeremiah 32:27, “Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh, is anything too difficult for me?” NO. God’s Word provides lessons for life and encourages us to seek God’s perfect will for our lives.
YOU can rest in knowing that if God calls you to do something, no matter what it is, He has the power to equip you! That is why the first 3 elements of your Strength Zone are so vitally important:
1. You have to invite Jesus into your life and be completely surrendered–not holding on to any part of your life.
2. You have to trust Him completely.
3. You have to think differently than you did before knowing Christ…….renew your mind.
Start equipping yourself today…………immerse yourself in His written Word. Pray and ask HIM to reveal what HE PLANNED IN ADVANCE for YOU TO DO!!! And then, OBEY AND PUT INTO ACTION YOUR TRUST!
I love this saying, “YOU CAN NEVER WALK ON WATER UNLESS YOU GET OUT OF THE BOAT!”