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 15, 2013

Stronger...and Stronger

Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
When I am weak, then I am strong. — God shall be my strength. — He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. — Let him take hold of my strength.
Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain you. — The arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob.
I will not let go of you, unless you bless me.
You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. — Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me: fight against those who fight against me. Take your armor and shield, and stand up for my help.

When we seek strength from God, we always seek it in the right place.  He adds just enough strength so that we must also put forth our own efforts, for God is not one to undermine our self-reliance.  That's why He usually offers up strength AFTER we have exhausted our own resources, so that we will not get lazy: Deut. 32: 36: "For the LORD will vindicate His people, And will have compassion on His servants, When He sees that their strength is gone... and why He always counsels us, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you..." Paul had to walk and travel by boat to reach his destinations; he had to prepare his sermons; he had to work with his hands to provide the money necessary to support his own ministry--yet when he preached, the mighty power of God was with him, and many lives were blessed and transformed, and great miracles occurred. It's always like this. We must do the little we can, and that prepares the way for Him to work. For that reason, always use your main strength when you are serving Him; always give full attention to your spiritual life; always work, always pray, always believe, in every circumstance and with all your might. He will work, and add power to your labors. You do NOT lack strength, even if you are weak as a kitten; He WILL add His might to your weakness, and together with Him, you are mighty, even if you feel powerless.  There is never a circumstance where you "cannot." Is. 40:29: "He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power." God calls you to act, but He works in you, "both to will and to act..."

ISA. 40:31. II Cor. 12:10. ‑Isa. 49:5. -II Cor. 12:9. -Isa. 27:5. Psa. 55:22. ‑Gen. 49:24. Gen. 32:26. I Sam. 17:45. -Psa. 35:1,2.