|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
Our Bible verse for today: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Since God is for you, it doesn’t matter who or what is against you.”
Sometimes, when we speak of God being the source of our strength, I think we do so in an off-handed and casual manner, without really giving much thought to what it is we’re claiming to be true. If we’re not careful, it can become one of our throw-away lines, something of a cliché. That’s unfortunate because the strength of the Lord can and should be a very real and very powerful force in our lives.
Not long ago a friend gave me a copy of the little prayer book “The Valley of Vision”. It’s a collection of prayers from Puritan leaders, most of them written in the mid-to-late 1600s. I read one the other day which speaks in a direct and personal way about the power of God in our lives:
“O Lord God, thou art my protecting arm, fortress, refuge, shield, buckler.
Fight for me, and my foes must flee.
Uphold me, and I cannot fall;
Strengthen me, and I stand unmoved, unmoveable;
Equip me, and I shall receive no wound;
Stand by me, and Satan will depart;
Anoint my lips with a song of salvation, and I shall shout thy victory.”
What great truth! If the Lord fights for me, my foes are defeated. If He upholds me, I cannot fall. If He strengthens me, I am strong and unmoveable. If He protects me, I’m bulletproof. And if He stands with me, Satan and his minions are powerless.
As Christians this is the power and strength that is ours, and it is exactly the point the writer of the letter to the Hebrews was making when he wrote in Hebrews 13:6, “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can men do to me?’”
There is nothing you will face today that you and God cannot handle together. If He is for you, it won’t matter who or what is against you.
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