The strength to overcome what you know is not right. The strength to face powerful opposition without giving up. This is not physical strength, it is inner strength.
Like physical strength, we must exercise our inner strength it if we want to improve it. We use our inner strength in both good and bad experiences throughout our lives. Most of our victories in life are the result of putting our inner strength to work, and it is tested in tragedies and turmoils that are never far from those times of triumph. There is no escape from pain, so we must use the hard times to grow our inner strength.
When it comes time to develop our inner strength, it is easier to be more like water than steel. We find the path of least resistance and head that way. I’m here to encourage you to take the difficult path instead.
It is often said that life is what we make it. I have come to learn that there is a lot of truth in that statement. If we wake up and believe that this day will be bad, it very likely will be. On the other hand, if you think of all the positive that will happen during your day, even a bad day can turn out pretty good.
Your inner strength has the possibility to change both your circumstances and your attitude.
Can you fight on after being dropped flat on your back? Can you not only stand back up, but finish strong? Can you decide to change and then follow through with it? If you can, you have great inner strength.
If you feel your inner strength needs work, start by realizing and admitting your weaknesses. Own your weaknesses, and work on them. With dedication, you can turn them around into strengths.
I thought I had great inner strength, but it turns out I was fooling myself. I realized just how weak I was in many ways once I surrendered my will to God’s. I had viewed religion as a waste of time, and I had viewed myself as “in charge.” Today I look forward to the quiet time when I can pray and connect with God. My relationship with God gives me the inner strength to make the right choices, because he provides strength when I am weak. The best part of this? His strength is available to anyone who believes.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,