Quiet Strength

“Quiet strength” may sound like an oxymoron, but for God’s people it’s a description of great power at work. This past week, our teaching series in Acts included this one-verse summary of the early church in chapter 9 verse 31. Take a look:

“So the church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace, being built up and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, and it increased in numbers.” (HCSB)

For those of us in Christ, there is much to be said of recognizing, pursuing, and living in the confidence of a quiet strength. Based on verse 31, consider these five benefits:

I. A Quiet Strength is Peaceful

  • There is the peace of Christ on the inside – Jesus said, “My peace I leave with you” (John 14:27a)
  • There is the peace of Christ on the outside – “Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:18)

II. A Quiet Strength Builds Others Up

  • Quiet strength recognizes Christ as the one doing the building (I Peter 2:4-5)
  • Quiet strength focuses on building individuals personally (I Thess. 5:11)
  • Quiet strength is done in genuine love person-to-person (I Corinthians 8:1)

III. A Quiet Strength Walks in the Fear of the Lord

  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” (Prov.9:10)
  • The fear of the Lord is the substance of Godly courage – (consider Moses, Joshua, and Nehemiah who depended on the Lord to empower them for their assignments)

IV. A Quiet Strength Draws Comfort From the Holy Spirit

  • Through His reassuring, steadying presence in our heart
  • Through His guiding of our thoughts – “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:4-5)

V. A Quiet Strength Influences Others

Never underestimate the power of your influence on:

  • Individuals you engage in daily conversations
  • Family members you do life with through the good and the bad
  • Co-workers you spend a large amount of time around
  • The church fellowship you are an important part of

Remember, the early church was made up of people just like us who were “walking in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit”. May that be us today as well!

About cchrisholland

...husband, dad, pastor, teacher, and chronic day-dreamer
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