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by: Oswald Chambers

Inner Invincibility

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me… —Matthew 11:29

 “Whom the Lord loves He chastens…” (Hebrews 12:6). How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with Him, only to hear us moan and groan, saying, “Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!” Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Are you closely identified with the Lord Jesus like that? If so, you will thank God when you feel the pressure of His hand upon you.

“…to those who have no might He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29). God comes and takes us out of our emotionalism, and then our complaining turns into a hymn of praise. The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and to learn from Him.

“…the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Where do the saints get their joy? If we did not know some Christians well, we might think from just observing them that they have no burdens at all to bear. But we must lift the veil from our eyes. The fact that the peace, light, and joy of God is in them is proof that a burden is there as well. The burden that God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lives and produces the wine, but most of us see only the wine and not the burden. No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God living within the human spirit; it creates an inner invincibility.

If your life is producing only a whine, instead of the wine, then ruthlessly kick it out. It is definitely a crime for a Christian to be weak in God’s strength. (https://www.utmost.org)


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by: Burl Brewer

Reflections From
The Strength You Need-The Twelve Great Strength Passages of the Bible
by Robert J Morgan

 

Note:  You can find, The Strength You Need, The Twelve Great Strength Passages of the Bible at your Lifeway Christian Bookstore.  This book is the primary resource for this series of devotions written from my thoughts as these scripture promises have spoken to me.  (Church office: Please include this “Note” with each of the devotions in this series.)

Being overwhelmed, exceptionally tired, and at our wit’s end happens to all of us! How can we cope when everything is going wrong? Robert J Morgan is an author, pastor, conference, and caregiver whose book, The Strength You Need, The Twelve Great Strength Passages of the Bible is blessing me at this season in my life.  To appreciate him and his wife Katrina, you must know that for the last 26 years multiple sclerosis has taken control of many of the motor functions of Katrina’s body.  They share where they get this amazing strength for each day to continue their hyper productive lives in the midst of this 24 hour a day companion of challenge. 

As Katrina and Rob sat on their porch one afternoon, she asked Rob to “will you bring me that bottle of extra strength pills from the kitchen?” When Rob asked her, “Why? Do you have a headache?” Her response was profound, “No,” she said. “It’s the extra strength that I need”.  They enjoyed a chuckle at her response and both took a couple of the “extra strength” pills.   And the idea to study the scriptures for the “extra strength” verses was born.   Extra strength should not be a shocking gift from our God who we refer to as “Almighty”.  Three verses from my list of 3 of great writers of the Bible amply confirm our faith in our heavenly Father:

  • Peter shares how His divine power has given us everything we need. (2nd Peter 1:3). When we draw from God’s resources, our needs will be met! Thank you Father.
  • Paul reminds us, the energy of Christ works in us. (Colossians 1:29). The strength that we receive is the supernatural energy of Christ working within us.
  • Isaiah boldly proclaims we do not have to fear or be dismayed because our Lord declares, “I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

The scriptures provide over 40 direct references of His strength for us. Now let’s look at the first of 12 verses which Rob Morgan declares in, The Strength You Need, The Twelve Great Strength Passages of the Bible.

 

 

Great Strength Scripture #1: Strength for Today

Deuteronomy 33:25   …”your strength will equal your days”

 

Grover Cleveland was president twice! The unique thing about this fact of history is he was the only president elected to 2 non-consecutive terms.  He was our twenty-second and twenty-fourth president.  He is an example of rare endurance and strength.  He survived and won 2 presidential campaigns, served during a time a national financial crisis, and during all of this faced a personal battle with cancer.  After his diagnosis of cancer, he had top-secret surgery on a friend’s yacht with the nation not knowing for years.  And he kept up his day to day strength! Was there anything that history shares with us that gave him this daily strength? There is one item which floats to the top in his pool of energy that we all can grab hold of on the days we are sinking from fatigue and overwhelmed with the issues of our lives.  A plaque which hung in his office prior to being elected was inscribed with his family crest and beneath it was the King James Version of Deuteronomy 33:25:

“As thy days, so shall thy strength be.”

The president shared what he considered to be his coat of arms to give him strength for each day.

This promise is intended for all us and can be claimed daily.  See how author Rob Morgan shared the promise as it is presented in the Bible:

  • The Living Bible puts it: “May your strength match the length of your days.” This paraphrase captures the truth of the verse so clearly!
  • The Amplified Bible renders it; “As your days are so will your strength, your rest and security be.”

As a writer that has researched and written about the great hymns of the church, he shares a stanza from “How Firm a Foundation devoted to this promise:

In every condition, in sickness, in health:

In poverty’s vale, or abounding with wealth;

At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,

As they days may demand, shall they strength ever be.

Prayer: Father we thank you or this promise.  You know us so well and our capacities for life and the issues we each face today.  Thank you for strength from you today.

 


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by: Robert Williams

No Hiding from God

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father. Serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord looks into all hearts, and understands every plan and thought. If you look to Him, He will let you find Him. But if you turn away from Him, He will turn away from you forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9

There’s no doubt we can hide things from each other, but there is nothing you can hide from God.  If you’re having impure thoughts or doing things behind closed doors where you think no one can know, then your fooling yourself. God is everywhere, and knows it all. A Christian is convicted of sin, and repents when temptation wins. A Christian, does all they can to steer clear of things that will make them fall into the same traps the devil sets up. Christianity is a way of life, not a game, God does not play games with people’s lives. He brings hope, and light, and removes the darkness. If you’re playing the game of a “so called Christian,” your only fooling yourself, and the end result is death. God doesn’t want this for his children, he wants you to know how important you are to him and experience his love. It’s time to hit the “game over” button, and be a real winner, a champion with Christ!


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by: Mike Wright

Job’s Wisdom

The book of Job is filled with wisdom. So much wisdom it’s hard to pull out single truths.  This last time through the book, my heart was drawn to Job 40:4.  For most of the book Job had been seeking an audience with God. Job believed he was a righteous man who feared God. In fact, God’s own words seem to confirm Job’s thoughts about himself.  The whole book began when God pointed out to Satan how Job was an upright man. Then Satan began to ask God to allow him to tear down the hedge that was protecting Job. Of course, we all know that a tremendous amount of suffering was in store for Job.

Getting back to the scripture that caught my eye; Job 40:4 says what Job had to say after encountering God.  After seeking an audience with God and then getting it, Job really did not have much to say. Job discovered that silence was indeed golden. After listening to God speak, Job knew he had nothing to contribute to the conversation. God told him to brace himself, but I think Job was feeling a little shaky at this point.  Let’s be quite clear here, Job was still the man that God had spoken so highly of, remember the Bible says he was blameless and upright (Job 1:8). Yet, when he heard the God of Heaven speak, he said in verse 4, I am unworthy- how can I reply? I put my hand over my mouth. Could it be that Job had compared himself to other men and now he had spoken to the REAL standard?

As I considered Job’s reply, I wondered how I would feel one day when I stand before perfection. As I look into His holiness, will there be any words that I could say? I imagine one look at Him in glory, and we will know that He knows everything that we have ever done.  A.W. Tozer once said, “whoever defends himself will have himself for defense”. I pray that I will be as wise as Job and put my hand over my mouth and fall on my knees.


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