“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Fear not, I will help you.’ “Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,” says the LORD And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 41:13-14 NKJV).
Finding strength in ourselves, friends and work are not the SOURCE of our strength.
They are merely the setting in which we find God’s strength. A diamond ring has great value, beauty and glory, but it’s not in the actual ring or in the prongs. The value is in the diamond itself.
David strengthened himself, but he strengthened himself IN the Lord. It was NOT IN himself, or IN his friends or his work, but IN GOD!
God alone is the source of our strength and He wants us to know it and to acknowledge it. God wasn’t calling his people worms in Isaiah 41. He was saying when we feel as low as a worm, He promises to help us. We have all the strength we need in Him.
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Christians was that they would be “filled with Spirit, and strengthened with MIGHT through His Holy Spirit in the inner man.” God has given us the Holy Spirit to give us power and strength. The Holy Spirit speaks to our inner man. He imparts faith though the Word. All we need for every situation we face, he has already supplied.
Every time we find ANY STRENGTH at all, it is only because of God! When the day of stress comes, we can still come out standing upright.
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