Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and He will Strengthen your heart.

These words are still true.  Strength that you get from Me comes from trusting me, asking me, and deciding to be courageous.  In another place, It's written, "God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind."  These verses detail My gifts, and also point out what to do when trouble comes your way.  Bring everything to Me, and decide to be strong: "Cast your burdens on the LORD, and He will sustain YOU." Notice that I did NOT say, "Cast your burdens on the LORD, and He will take them." Instead, It's written, "Cast your burdens on the LORD, and He will sustain YOU." I promised to sustain YOU, not just take your burdens--I will strengthen your entire person when trouble comes, and give you My help.  Does that mean it won't hurt, won't affect you, won't be difficult? No.  It doesn't, and if there were no troubles, I would not have needed to say these things.  Life can sometimes be full of trouble, full of persecution, full of sorrow, but in all of that, you have ME.  "I will never leave you, or forsake you." "Fear not, for I am with you..." "Be strong, and very courageous..."
David My servant responded to these concepts by saying, "Blessed be the LORD, who teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight..." I give strength. I give courage (but you have to take it). I give power, love, and a sound mind. I will not desert you. Be strong, and I will always stand with you.
And when you are in trouble, and hurting, remember: "Sorrow may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." I will bring your troubles to an end, and wipe away all the tears you have ever shed. Take courage. I am with you. Forever.