Michael Youssef's Devotional: The Strength of the Spirit (Romans 8:37)

By Boaz Wadel

In our quest to see true spiritual growth in our lives, it is important to remember this truth: we put ourselves in position to receive God's power through His Holy Spirit when we become realistic about our limitations and inadequacies.

God honors those with broken spirits who are utterly dependent on Him. God manifests His power in those who lay their weaknesses at His feet.

In my own life, I often find myself crying, "Lord, help me. Lord, strengthen me. Lord, enable me. Lord, give me your power!" What am I really asking for? I want the power to live in a way that is 100 percent pleasing to God. I want God's power to make me equal to the demands and pressures I face, to fight temptation, and to experience victory over sin. I want God's power working in my life to defeat the spiritual enemy who continually seeks to bring about loss, destruction, and an end to blessing in my life (see John 10:10).

In seeking God's power to bring about these works, I am seeking the same things that all who deeply desire to follow the Lord Jesus seek. In my own strength I will surely be defeated. But in the strength of the Holy Spirit, I am in position to be more than a conqueror.

Prayer: God, I lay my weaknesses at Your feet and confess that I need the power of Your Spirit working in my life to overcome the challenges of this day. Amen.

"In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37).

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