Loving God With All Our Strength

Introduction

‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your STRENGTH.’ Deuteronomy 6:4-5

The Hebrew word for strength is the word, ‘Me’od’ but it doesn’t mean strength in terms of muscle power. The word literally means ‘muchness’, in other words, the Israelites were to love God with all their ‘muchness’. They are to love God with all their substance, all their possessions, and everything which God has given them.

They are to love him with all of their might, all their being, all of their energy, Ecclesiastes 9:10. And as Christians, we too, are to love God with all of our might, all of our actions, all of our energy.

We’re not to love God with only a part of our life, but all of it and we shouldn’t hold back any part of our lives from Him.

When we turn our heart to the Lord, when we turn to soul to the Lord, then our strength will naturally follow. In other words, loving God will all of our strength will be seen in the way we spend our time. Loving God with all of our strength will be seen in the way we use our energy.

When we love Him with all of our heart, soul and strength then a change takes place. That change is seen in the way we live our lives for Him and the way we use our strength to follow Him. The more we love God with our strength, the more we love Him with every aspect of our lives.

Remember when God commands anything of us, He doesn’t force us to do anything against our will. The Israelites had a choice whether to love God with all their heart, soul and strength or not.

Real Biblical love for Him, goes way beyond our feelings, it leads us to serve Him and do things to honour Him. God doesn’t force us to love Him because loving God is a choice. And if we choose to love Him with all of our heart, soul and strength, He will help us to do just that.

Isaiah says that God will give us the strength to do whatever He asks of us, Isaiah 40:29-31. We all have times when we don’t feel very strong, and we all have times when we feel weary and weak.

We all go through times when we feel pain, and we all feel times when we are broken-hearted. There are times when we are physically or emotionally tired, and sometimes even spiritually exhausted.

But it’s during those times of weakness we should be asking God, to give us that supernatural strength to keep us going, Judges 16:28. And when He does, we too will be able to soar like the eagle, we too, will be able to run and walk without feeling exhausted. In other words, God will give us the strength which we need to keep moving forward.

How do we love God with all of our strength? We must admit that we can’t do anything in our own strength. We need to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power if we’re going to keep moving forward, Ephesians 6:10. When we get tired and weak and feel like we can’t move forward anymore, then ask God, to give you strength.

Loving God will all of our strength means asking God to remind us that our present troubles are only temporary, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Loving God will all of our strength is going help us to fix our eyes on what is eternal and not on our physical weakness.

Loving God will all of our strength means we remember that He will deliver us in our times of trouble, Psalm 34:17-18. Loving God will all of our strength is going help us to remember that God is with us when we feel like we can’t go on.

Loving God will all of our strength means we remember not to give up when we’re weary, Galatians 6:9. Loving God will all of our strength is going help us to keep on sharing the Good News with others, even when it looks like nothing is happening.

The point I’m making is simply this, if we want to love God with all of our strength, then we really need to get out of our comfort zones. In other words, we need to get to the point when we’ve used up all of our own strength and we start to rely on His strength.

You see, it’s easy to talk about our love for God with like-minded people. It’s easy to talk about our love for God in a religious setting. But what about outside our church circle?

Loving God with all my strength means stepping out in faith. Loving God with all my strength means going out of our way, even when we’re tired and exhausted to share the Good News with others outside of our circle, Matthew 28:19-20. We’re called to go and share that Good News with others and we’re called upon to serve and care for the needs of others.

But all that this requires a degree of physical strength, doesn’t it? The point I’m getting at is that loving God with all my strength is simple to say but it’s not always easy to do.

Being strong doesn’t always imply physical strength, we can be emotionally strong, mentally strong and spiritually strong. It takes a degree of strength to visit someone who is sick in the hospital.

It takes a degree of strength to sit down and listen to someone’s problems. It takes a degree of strength to help someone who has a physical or financial need.

And if we want to love God with all of our strength, then we must acknowledge that we can’t do anything without His strength working in us, Philippians 4:13. We have to remember that we can’t do anything of these things by ourselves.

Paul tells us we have a strength working within us that enables us to keep on going forward, Ephesians 3:20. All the strength we have comes from God and He gives us the strength to serve Him and serve others. If your life is anything like mine, I’m sure you juggle a hundred things throughout the day.

Maybe you are involved in church work, maybe you have a secular job, maybe you’re looking after your kids at home all day long. Maybe you have a busy social life or a hobby which takes up a lot of time and energy. And I’m pretty sure, if you’re like me, you go to bed at night feeling mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted.

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, you can hear Paul crying out for his challenging situation to be taken away. He felt like we sometimes feel, he felt time he couldn’t take anymore but God has a better plan for him.

Instead of removing the difficult circumstances from Paul’s life, God provided a way for Paul to overcome them and He did that by giving Paul the strength to keep going.

God had the perfect solution for Paul and He makes that clear when He says, ‘my power is made perfect in weakness.’ In other words, because of God’s grace we, like Paul, can find our strength and contentment in our shortcomings. Grace met Paul’s needs and grace meets our needs.

Let me encourage you to ask God to give you the strength to do everything He requires of you, Psalm 68:35. Let me encourage you to then go and do it with the strength He gives you.

Let me encourage you to love the Lord with all your strength, all your muchness, all your substance, all your possessions, everything which God has given you.

‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your strength.’ Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Our love towards God is to be completely directed to God alone and is further indicated by the repetition of the word ‘all’ along with the terms ‘heart,’ ‘soul,’ and ‘strength’ in the same verse. Sadly, when Israel forgot the Lord, things went from bad to worse, Jeremiah 2:32 / Jeremiah 23:27.

John Wesley once said, ‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’

‘If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.’ 1 Peter 4:11

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