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Friday, January 17, 2014

God Will Strengthen You

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Psalms 28:8 (NIV)  " The LORD is the strength of his people..."

Strength–God’s strength! I don’t know about you but I need it. Psalm 28:8 says “The Lord is our strength...” When I try to exist and accomplish life and goals in my own strength, I fail or fall short. When I try to accomplish life and goals in my strength, it makes me feel stupid and backslidden. Why would I bother trying to get anything done in my own strength when God offers me His strength – His power?

Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.“ “2 Cor. 1:21 says, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. Psalm 84:5 says, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you…”

The power and strength of God to us are the promises of His Word. As I read a Bible story to my ten year old granddaughter recently. I asked her, “Macy, what is that called when someone talks to Jesus?” “She looked up to me and said, “That’s called prayer Papa.” She was absolutely right. We may not be able to walk up to Jesus face to face, but we can and are encouraged to come to Him just the same. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” We are exhorted to come to Him with confidence. That’s the same as faith. It pleases God. When we lean on the promises of God, we think and say, “This sickness, this problem, this cursed thing is of the devil. It’s not God’s will. God is my strength. He is my healer. He is my deliverer. I am His anointed. He has told me to come to His throne room. He makes me stand firm in my faith. And as today’s Fresh Manna says, “The Lord is our strength of His people..." 

Leaning on Jesus takes faith. Praying for miracles takes faith. It’s not like breaking a wishbone, finding a four-leaf cover, or crossing your fingers. It’s about having faith in Jesus as the strength and power of your life for every circumstance - In the face of adversity and negative report! You may get weak kneed and tempted to crumble in the face of adversity, but, that is why God wants to be your strength! Lean on Him with great faith!

Psalm 68:35 “God is awesome in His sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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