Pastor’s Blog 4.25.18
Strength, where do we get it when we need it? How do we get it when we need it?
How did you start your day today? In your strength or His? How do we replenish our strength daily? I can tell you that I know there is a reason I am still in the good fight of faith, and the fire to do the will of God is still burning in me. It is not a mystery, it is because I daily renew my strength!
Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. NKJV
Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small. NKJV
Proverbs 10:29 The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. NKJV
Psalm 27:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? NKJV
Psalm 52:7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength , But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.” NKJV
It is so easy to read or hear the word of the Lord, but doing is another thing altogether.
James 1:21-25 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. NKJV
Listen to the cry of wisdom!
Proverbs 8:34-36 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD; 36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.” NKJV
It is easy to talk about daily prayer and waiting upon God, but quite another thing to do it! I meet few believers who genuinely seek God daily and really wait upon him. It is so easy to just charge into the day in your own strength, offering up excuses of why you didn’t acknowledge and honor God as you began your day.
We are self-deceived when we go in our own strength.
Many will fail because they thought their own will power was sufficient to get them through, but we know better. Time spent waiting on God is never wasted time! It takes faith to really believe that doesn’t it? AND we know of course, faith without corresponding action, isn’t real faith is it?!
Let’s purpose to be doers of waiting on the Lord daily! Let’s refuse to start our day without first honoring Him, His presence and His word. Let’s acknowledge Him in all our ways, and allow Him to direct our paths. By honoring Him first daily, we are submitting our lives, everything in the next 24 hours, to Him. We are inviting Him to be Lord over every decision, every thought, action and conversation….every business deal, parenting decision and course of our day. Putting Him first daily, reaffirms that He is Lord over our lives and we live for Him.
It’s all a matter of choice. Let’s choose to renew and increase our strength for our day to day life, by surrendering to and waiting upon Him every single day. The choice and right to choose is our privilege!
Until week, be blessed!
- Date - April 25, 2018