The Strong Effect

Updated: Feb 4




Death, pain, suffering... they are all things that most people don't volunteer for.


Yet, the Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:3, "Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], as a good soldier of Christ Jesus."


(But go read the whole chapter it is pretty cool).


God tells us multiple times that we will go through hardships, difficulties, suffering, and persecution.


We see this play out in history dozens of times, even today we ask the popular question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"


This idea is always floating around in our heads when we see good people getting divorces, getting into car accidents, can't have kids, or even being killed.


But honestly, at the end of it all, I see us getting more tired of the idea of suffering.

I see us dreading the pain of suffering (even avoiding it at all costs). I see us getting mad at God and screaming, "I thought you were supposed to have my back!"


I get it, I was there too. I was angry and I couldn't comprehend why God would say "I'll protect you and have your back." And yet allowed us (people who love God) to die and suffer so horribly.


And then I learned about this beautiful combination of faith and life.


I call it "The Strong Effect."


1. We Are Strong


When we combine our human weakness with God's divine strength we become superheroes.


I'm not talking about physically being able to hold 300lbs above our heads.


I'm talking about our movements are heavy, our steps are structured, our words impact the people around us, and God goes before us to make sure we succeed.


Not to mention the many many promises found in the Bible that are given to us.


It is like a sphere of light covers us or as the Bible says, a white robe (that glows) is placed over us.


This robe makes us strong, determined, brave, impactful, inspiring, positive, joyful.


It isn't an external thing, but an internal thing.


Therefore, we become strong people (not perfect).




The Bible says it in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 like this, "That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."


Us becoming strong in God is an automatic thing, just like how we are instantly royalty and instantly a child of God.


Even though you might not physically or emotionally feel strong, the power flows within your veins.


Pretty cool right!



2. Because of our strength, we become dangerous to our enemies


We have an enemy.


Our enemy is Satan.


And Satan doesn't want us to be strong, he would rather us be Christians with no faith.


So when Satan sees people with faith, those who boldly move mountains and pray. Oh, he gets a little anxious.


He says, "They are getting in the way of my plans. They are a threat. They are dangerous."


Trust me, being dangerous is awesome.

Lazarus was dangerous.


The Bible tells the story in John 12.


Here is John 12: 9-11 NIV:


"Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him."


Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus. His life glorified God. Therefore, he was a constant reminder (to everyone who saw him alive) that Jesus was who he said he was.


Satan didn't like that.


Satan was like, "He's messing up my plan."


So the Jews were plotting to kill Lazarus because he was a threat (dangerous).


3. Why not us?


We are uncommonly strong.


We are dangerous to our enemy.


So, when trouble comes why are we caught off guard and run for our lives?


Can I say that again?


So, when trouble comes why are we caught off guard and run for our lives?

Why do we want the non-strong people to always suffer?


I'm talking about those who haven't combined their human weakness with divine strength.


The people who haven't gotten the chance to become dangerous or wear that white robe yet.


Why not the strong ones protect and if they must die then wouldn't they be the ones to accept it?


<< I know this is a hard concept to swallow. Trust me it was hard for me too. I painted a picture for you, click here to see it. >>


If we are strong, shouldn't we protect the weak?

If we are strong, shouldn't we stand calmly in the midst of a storm?

If we are strong, shouldn't we be okay with fighting against our enemy?

If we are strong, shouldn't suffering be expected?

If we are strong, shouldn't we expect to be targeted by our enemy the most?



Are you strong?

Conclusion


Making the choice daily to let God show up and show out in your life, transforms your life. It opens up doors, it changes the way you think, and it changes the way you respond to things.


The life we live as a person who chooses God daily is extraordinary. It's so awesome that it makes us strong.


And that strength sets us apart from others.


And Satan takes notice of that. He will target us and come after us because we are messing up his plan.


And as strong people, let's stand and use our strength to make Satan mad.


#superhero