Friday, August 24, 2018

Our Need for God’s Strength

Quiet Spirit Writing Ministry

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3     He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.

In this changing world, we need God’s strength to withstand the difficulties we, as Christians, face. My prayer list includes several names of people who could be stressed by the circumstances of their lives. Except for the prayers of God’s people.
When we stand against these issues that could vex us, we do it by relying on God. As we depend on Him, we learn that He is faithful and will be beside us in all situations that come to us.
Without God’s presence in our lives, we would tend to be enticed to follow concepts and ideas that would lead to our harm and eventual destruction.
A dear friend and I were talking on the phone about a circumstance that may come to her. It’s a family matter and she was distressed about what she heard. She wondered what she would do if something was said to her about the incident.
We discussed several Biblical passages that we felt could apply. Later, a while after we hung up. I had a thought come to my mind. Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; (James 1:19, ESV)

In our focus verse, we read of God restoring our soul. I have learned, when God does this restoration, He does, in fact, give us the strength we need to continue what we need to do.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

David’s Plea for God’s Presence

 My mouth is filled with your praise and your glory all the day. Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent. Psalm 71:8-9 (ESV)

David penned these words. He reminds the LORD that he praises Him throughout each day. He gives his readers the sense that his praising God is an everyday occurrence.

David shows concern that God may depart from him as he gets older and his strength fails. He actually pleads that the LORD will not do what he fears.

As we age, some of our strength does leave us. Arthritis can cause our hands not to work, especially when we try to open those jar lids. It might take us longer to get up from a chair. We become experts at predicting the weather.

But God does not leave us because we are old. He does not leave us because we are not as physically strong as we once were. He is still with us in the winter of our lives because He loves us, and we belong to Him, and because we praise Him.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Strength in The LORD

Wisdom puts more strength in one wise person than ten strong men give to a city.
Ecclesiastes 7:19 (MSG)

Solomon, David’s son, gives us insight into wisdom’s relationship with strength. Let’s take a peek at this verse and see how wisdom contributes to our strength.

Wisdom makes us strong. When several of us were children, we could not get our mothers to budge from what she told us about certain things we wanted to do or did that we shouldn’t have.  We may have thought our moms and dads were against us.

But no, the act we did may have caused us harm. Our parents had our safety and well-being in mind. As we matured, we realized their motive was that of love for us.

Wisdom gives us insight into the issues that affect us. The Lord gives us His eyes and guides us through to better outcomes because, as our heavenly Parent, he wants what is best for us. This insight gives us the strength to continue in our daily walk with Him in spite of what the enemy tries to bring to us.

How can we gain wisdom and strength in our modern world? 1.) Read His Word 2.) Talk to Him about the issues that concern you. 3.) Develop friendships with like-minded Christians.

All of those who believe in Jesus need to have strength in order to stand for Him in this confusing world. 

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