O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God (Psalm 68:35).
It is God’s desire that you become really strong, so that you can do exploits (Daniel 11:32b).
He told Joshua “Be strong and of good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous……. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:6, 7, 9).
Paul told the Ephesians to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might” and he prayed for them that they might be “strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 6:10; 3:16).
Paul also told his son in the faith, Timothy, “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1).
Without any doubt, God wants you to be strong. And He is willing to make you strong indeed. He was the One Who gave strength to Abraham in his old age, together with Sarah his wife. The bible says that through faith Sarah “received strength” (Hebrews 11:11). You too can receive strength today.
David was very clear that it was God that strengthened him to run through a troop, to leap over the walls. He said it was God that “girded me with strength unto the battle” (Psalm 18:39). You too can trust God to clothe you with
strength, so you may fulfill His plan for your life.
But how can this be?
First, you must submit yourself totally to God, giving your life to Christ as your Saviour and Lord. Only then can you be strong in the Lord and in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1).
Secondly, you must be ! lled with the Holy Spirit. Actually, the Holy Spirit is the Strength of God. He is the Spirit of might. Jesus said “ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and ye shall be witness unto
me” (Acts 1:8). True strength comes only by the Holy Spirit.
Thirdly, you must learn to “eat the word.” The word of God is the fuel for your strength. The more you feed on God’s precious word, the stronger you will be. This is why Paul admonished that you should “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Col. 3:16).
Finally, you must learn to renew your strength from time to time by taking your time to wait upon the Lord. We all need this experience, otherwise we will burn out. Even Jesus our Lord: He would get away from the crowd to stay alone in God’s presence to rest, to meditate, to worship, to think, to pray, and to prepare for the future. As you wait upon the Lord, your strength shall be renewed day by day.
Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:30-31).
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
FOR FURTHER STUDIES
Confession for Today: The Lord is the Strength of my life. I shall not be weary.
- Give thanks to God: He gives strength to His people.
- Ask the Lord to clothe you with His strength.
- Ask the Lord to make you a blessing.
Nations’ Watch: Pray for Armenia