Spiritual strength and spiritual power are very different. Spiritual strength will help you get out of bed in the morning as you go through your trials. Spiritual power will enable you to do the work you are called of God to do. They both come through the same method…trials.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Paul was able to accept the thorn in his flesh because God promised to show His strength through it, what ever that may have been. Paul’s perspective changed as he realized that his thorn was the source of God’s power on his life.
Philippians 3:10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
The power of the resurrection comes though the fellowship of the sufferings of Christ. There is no need for resurrection power, if there is not a death!! We must die to our own will and be lost in God’s will. When we decide to be surrendered to the will of God, the battle begins. The Devil fights us, the flesh and the world fight us on every turn. That is when we need the power of God in our lives. God’s power will lead us to accomplish His will.
Our trials are not just something God could have prevented, they are the source of many blessings and the power of God. May we gain a new perspective on our trials. See them in a fresh way, not focusing on the negative affects of them, but the positive outcome of trusting God through them. May we experience the Lord’s power on our lives.