Fresh Hope – 25th August 2018

Every so often I get a manicure, not being a person who spends much time caring for my nails; I like to get a gel manicure because the polish lasts a little bit longer. My nails look good for a little while but it doesn’t take long before I need to get them redone again.  Through repeatedly doing this, I noticed my nails getting brittle and thinner, so the technician recommended a nail treatment to help strengthen and provide nourishment to enhance their growth.  I thought this is the same with how we sometimes live life.

Often, we want to look good and spiritual and we put on a mask or a false covering. We want to show our strength but this mask can look good for a while and after some time it starts to wear off because it isn’t the protection God has designed for us. It may seem beautiful and helpful, but when it comes off, we’re weaker underneath, because the mask or false covering keeps us from receiving what God really has for us.

The truth is that God wants to change us from the inside out. We need to allow God to apply the oil of the Holy Spirit in the areas of our weakness. Through this, He makes us strong. That strength is not one that’s false and comes off – rather it permeates and changes us to become strong. When this happens, the image that we present to others is who we really are, from the inside out. This image is a reflection of God, when we’re allowing Him to work in our lives.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Isaiah 40:31 says “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint”.

We always need to find our strength in the Lord. We must search ourselves and see what areas of our lives are we using things other than God to make us feel or look strong? Let’s ask God to reveal them to us and let’s repent and turn to Him. Let’s allow God to change us so we can be strong in Him.

Christine Mudenha

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