STRENGTH “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”
So how does strength differ from might? Like I said in the last post, might suggests things outside of the body, or things that support the body. Strength also has to do with the body, but it is more within the body. Strength refers to attitudes, desires, and habits. When weakness is turned into strength our very natures are changed. More than just our heart (beliefs) or mind (thoughts), strength includes every cell of the body. Our entire body needs to be unified. We must change our beliefs and thoughts first and then be patient while the rest of the body changes the habit field. It takes some time, but it will manifest physically. The key is to love every part of ourselves while we go through the process of change. A lot of times, simply changing the beliefs will shift our reality. However, with deep-seated habits that have been our pattern for a very long time, some extra patience and love must be applied to ourselves while the habit field shifts. When thinking about loving God with all of our strength, it is helpful to ask ourselves 3 questions.
- What? What exactly is the weakness? It is important to get really clear on it. How do you know it is a weakness? What is the doctrine from your core book that tells you it is a weakness?
- Why? Why do I want to change this weakness? In other words, what’s in it for me? It is important to answer this question because this will give our bodies the true and lasting motivation to change. This is inspiring ourselves.
- How? How do I change the weakness? After I answer the what and the why, then I am ready to answer the how, but only then. And it needs to be answered in baby steps. This is called incremental action. Incremental action is taking the right next step, at the right time, in the right way. This requires us to submit ourselves to God and allow His spirit to mentor us through the process. We have it backwards. We usually have the tendency to focus on the how without even knowing the what and the why. And then we must force ourselves to do the how, which results in failure because we are weak. The cycle of beating ourselves up begins again and we submit fully to the weakness again until we start the cycle over again. This is self-defeating behavior.
I am going to share a personal example to illustrate this process.
I have experienced in my life a weakness with eating food that is unhealthy and has not supported my body. I had changed numerous beliefs and thoughts about food, weight, and eating which had helped so much. In fact, I lost 30 lbs. without even trying 4 years ago and it has stayed off. However, my eating had not really changed much until recently. The happy result of this story is that I have been able to overcome this weakness and it is really becoming a strength to me. I now love taking care of my body and eating food that supports me and gives me the energy to serve and show up in a much larger capacity. What a blessing!
So to answer the first question, “What is the doctrine that tells me this is a weakness?” In my core book, there is a revelation from God called the word of wisdom. It is a code of health. This code answers the question, “What?” The next question is “Why?” or “What’s in it for me?” Many scriptures in my core book mention specific blessings that I can receive when I choose to follow this code of health. I have written these down, plus a few pages of my own personal reasons why I want to change this weakness. The next question is “How do I change this weakness?” or “What is the right next step for me?” I am not going to tell you the answer to that question for me, because it is for me. Your path would be different. Too many times in my life I have tried to do what someone else is doing because it worked for them instead of finding out my path. We are all different and require a different application to our personal situation.
I have noticed an interesting pattern in this. The answers to the first 2 questions if we dig deep enough are universal and can be applied to anyone. The answer to the last question is very individual, yet this is usually where judgement comes from. We judge people on the how or the application. If we really stopped to think about it, we would realize that we are all united in most things at a deep level. The key is to focus on my path and allow everyone else to be responsible for theirs.
So to summarize, loving God with all of my strength means being willing to allow God to change my weakness into strength.