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Strength By Knowledge

“A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.” (Proverbs 24:5, KJV).

Strength is a prerequisite for every battle in life. You cannot fight and win any battle if you are not strong. You will be at life’s beg and call if you do not have the necessary strength to stand the tests and challenges of this life. Worst still, evil and wicked men will take advantage of your weakness and intimidate you. The Bible declares in Proverbs 24:10 that “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Thus, you will certainly fail on the day of adversity if you do not have a repository of strength in your spirit and your soul. This has been the unfortunate story of many people in life; they were brought to an utter end because their strength was little in the day of trouble. However, as a believer, you are advantaged to build strength through knowledge in order to face any challenge of life.

Scripture asserts, “Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it” (Deuteronomy 11:8). When the children of Israel were released from slavery in Egypt and were brought to the Promised Land, God revealed a secret of how they were going to be strong to take over the land. By knowing and keeping God’s commandments, they were going to be strong. Resident in the dictates and edicts of God is mass storage of strength. When you understand and apply the ways of God, you will be strong. This principle is further highlighted in Joshua 1:7: “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua was admonished that by being strong and courageous, he will do according to all that is written in the Law of Moses. This in turn was going to make him prosperous in whatever he does.

This principle is the same in the New Testament. Strength is dependent on the amount of knowledge you have acquired about God. John the Apostle said, “…I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one” (1 John 2:14). The young men in the church were strong because the word of God dwelt in them. By this, they were able to overcome the wicked one. In 2 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul, the apostle, admonished his son Timothy, “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” The only means by which Timothy was going to be strong in the grace in Christ Jesus was by taking heed to the things he had heard from the apostle. Correspondingly, he could replicate this strength in others by committing the things he had heard to them. No wonder the Bible declares that “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32). Knowledge of God and of his ways makes you strong.

When God commits a work to you, you will require strength to bring that work to a perfect end. In the Old Testament, God instructed Solomon, the king, to build a temple. His father, David, admonished him to be strong and do the work. He said, “Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it” (Chronicles 28:10). If you are not strong, you cannot carry out God’s instructions to perfection. This is because the world will oppose you when you want to carry out a work of grace in the earth.

Beloved, build yourself with the knowledge of God’s word. This will fill you with the strength to accomplish all that God requires of you. Walk in this reality. Shalom!

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