Finding Strength When You Feel Weak

“Be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)

Nothing reveals our limitations the way being a mom does. We quickly realize we don’t have the resources to parent on our own. We don’t just naturally become stronger and stronger so that we become better moms. This journey is about becoming weaker and weaker, realizing that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:8–9).

When we acknowledge our weakness, God gives us a very special gift: He gives us the gift of Himself. When we come to believe in Christ, God gives us His Spirit. This is why we are commanded to “be filled with the Spirit.” We are to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, teach us, and empower us. We weren’t meant to live out this calling on our own. So how do we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us?

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One of the best ways to be filled by the Spirit is by filling yourself with God’s Word.

God’s Spirit works in many different ways. We might encounter God’s Spirit through worship, through community, through times of prayer and solitude. But the surest and safest way to know we are encountering the Spirit of God is through the Book He inspired (2 Peter 1:20–21).

Are you spending time each day reading, meditating on, and memorizing God’s Word? Are you trusting and relying on the truth and promises you find in its pages? When faced with difficult decisions or challenges, are you running to the Bible? If you don’t, you’re missing out on the strength God’s Spirit wants to give you.

Whatever you are facing today, face it in the strength God is offering you. Let His Spirit fill you. Let your weakness cause you to run to His Word!

Father, You speak to me through Your Word, which is life and power. Fill me with Your Spirit today by filling me with Your life-changing love and truth. In my weakness, give me Your strength. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Why do you think it’s so hard to admit to weaknesses?

How can you be filled with the Holy Spirit today?

Many blessings,

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