I must prophesy and proclaim what I hear the Lord saying.
I heard the Lord speak to my spirit, “Popeye had spinach. You have My presence.” I giggled, but I knew the Lord was speaking.
1 Chronicles 16:11 encourages us to seek the Lord, His strength and His presence continually. Have you experienced a situation where your strength was not enough to overcome the difficulty you were facing?
When Popeye was weak, He knew that he needed to consume spinach. During his biggest battles, he grabbed this can and squeezed out everything that he needed. As his muscles bulged, we knew his opponent would soon be defeated!
We can always enter into God’s presence, continually. Not just when the enemy is fighting us. It is just as important to seek His strength when all is well. We are unaware of what is ahead of us in a 24-hour period. Isn’t it smart to be suited up with His strength at all times?
God is just a call away! He tells us in His Word that if we call out to Him, He will answer us! We can press into Him to receive the strength we need to fight the battles of life.
Popeye knew that when the nutrients of that spinach got into his bloodstream, his muscles would appear. There is a spiritual transfusion that takes place in the presence of God. As we surrender and expose our inability to handle life on our own, God downloads His strength to us. We build our faith muscle as we continually enter into His presence, The more we trust Him to impart His strength, the more we experience the surety of His Word.
Popeye often declared “I am what I am and that’s who I am!” He was letting the viewers know that he was not ashamed of who he was. Popeye experienced many moments of weakness. He became “spinach-dependent.” Are you “God-dependent”? There were many battles he knew he could not win without eating his spinach. Unbeknownst to his adversaries, Popeye had a secret weapon.
We must admit that without God we can’t win any battles. As a believer, your secret weapon is in the secret place with God.
At our strongest, we are still insufficient. We must remember that it is not by our might, not by our power but by His spirit that we win! Why would we not become completely dependent on perfect strength? It’s in our admitted frailty that we summon the strength of God!
Popeyes strength was a green leafy substance. Gods strength allows is to lie down on green pastures and bear fruit that will remain.
God says I am who I am. Because of who He is we can declare who we are in Him! Our strength increases in knowing our God-given identity.
Being in His presence will remind you that you more than a conqueror. You can declare “I am the head and not the tail.” You will gain confidence in declaring ” I am healed!”
Take time to search the scriptures to determine who God says you are. Get to know who He is. Get into His presence and get strength!