October 6, 2012

Strength in God

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 6, 2012

“And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. 1 Samuel 23:16

Strength in God is significant, as it is our stronghold when we are in serious trouble. It is our source of encouragement and motivation to persevere. Strength in God is easily accessible and always available. His strength is an unlimited reservoir of resolve. It may see us through the dying and death of a loved one. It lubricates the grinding grief of our heart and keeps us from total despair. The Lord’s strength is what gives us hope when our financial fortunes are tentative at best or have been swept away altogether. But His strength will see us through a maze of money mishaps.

The sovereign strength of God is strong, unbending, and unyielding. Our confidence may be crumbling, our health may be hemorrhaging, or our relationships may be a complexity of confusion. Perhaps you discovered someone is not who he claimed to be. He lives two lives. Now the truth is unfolding and it is not pretty. In fact, he is coming after you because you are a threat to his secret life. So lean on the Lord, drawing your strength from your Savior. Prayer to the Almighty positions you to receive His power, so punctuate the power of God in your life with faith-filled prayer.

Moreover, God’s instruments for infusion of His strength are His people. Invite the encouragement of the Lord’s angelic agents. They are His ambassadors of goodwill and their righteous aura reflects His strength. These are special friends who remain true when challenging things happen to you. Stick with the ones who stick with you and do not be embarrassed to lean on others during these lean times. Like a transfusion of blood, you may need a transfusion of faith. Your prayer platelets have fallen below what’s normal to a level of dangerous discouragement. Ask for prayer so that God will strengthen you and keep you focused in the middle of your own gnawing needs. Ask in prayer to be an encouragement to those who have encouraged you. Do not deny others the opportunity to strengthen you with their presence and prayers.

Lastly, be quick to strengthen others in the name of the Lord. Write a note of encouragement to a friend or leave an encouraging prayer on a coworker’s voicemail. In some creative way, let those who are struggling know you are thinking of them. Prayer retains employees and engages friends. They will never forget those who reached out to them in their time of need. Each day, seek someone you can strengthen in your Savior’s name. In a sense, you are strength coaches for those you come in contact with on behalf of Christ. Your goal is to get them to God. His strength will stretch their faith way beyond your initial encouragement. Strengthen your family in the Lord and you will be strong. Strengthen your peers in the Lord and you will find eternal energy. Unselfishly strengthen others in the Lord and you will find strength for your soul.

The Bible says, “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:12).

Taken from October 12th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this post! I needed it – couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Thanks for reminding me of God’s strength and for challenging me to lead others to God who gives sufficient strength.

  2. Debbie says:

    Thank you for your word Strength in God today . For all of my help and strength is coming from The Lord. As I am in the process of ending a marriage to a man who has been living a double life for some time now. It is really starting to get ugly. For he knows people will soon see him for the deceiver that he really is. No weapon that he is trying to form against me will ever prosper . For greater is He that is in me than he that is in him. For the joy of The Lord is my strength. This man may try to take every material possession from me. But he can’t take my joy /peace because he did not give it to me.

    1. Sherry says:

      I am in the same situation as you. I never thought I would be here. This message spoke volumes to me. It helped me maintain my perspective that I am now on the path God wants me on. I am broken but not destroyed, wounded but I will survive as God will fight this battle for me. My focus is on maintaining my relationship with him. He will see us both through. Jeremiah 29:11

  3. It is also His joy that is are strength !

  4. Jim Sweatt says:

    I was directed to your website by a friend earlier this year. It could not have been more timely … I needed that. I now read daily your devotionals and they truly bless my soul. I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ for your ministry and all it means to me. Surely you have touched others as well.

    1. Boyd says:

      Jim, I’m humbled that the Lord lead you to Wisdom Hunters. May God continue to bless you with His wisdom as you seek Him each day! – In Him, Boyd

  5. Very powerful, thanks for the wisdom and encouragement for today.

  6. The Lord is our strength and refuge in time of trouble Psalms 46 amen


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