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How Can We Be Strong in the Lord?

Be Strong in the LORD

Day 2 of Twelve Days of Christmas, we welcome Ruth Snyder talking about being strong in the Lord.

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“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

—Psalm 37:3-6

I started my morning with prayer and Scripture reading. My heart was especially burdened for our family. I prayed for God’s protection and was quiet before God. My heart was filled with peace when my devotional time was finished.

Less than an hour later, my husband and I were embroiled in a heated disagreement regarding our children. The longer we talked, the more we disagreed.

I retreated to my piano to play hymns and reflect. Why couldn’t we resolve this situation?

Kendall and I both want the best for our children, but sometimes we disagree about what this looks like. We are learning to use tools like John Gottman’s Sound Relationship House (https://www.gottman.com/about/the-gottman-method/).

Life on earth is full of challenges and problems.

Sometimes we get totally overwhelmed. Cancer. Addiction. Family issues. War. Abuse. God is the only one who is big enough, wise enough, to have the solutions. We need to choose to be strong in HIM.

He will give us the victory, if we trust him and not ourselves.

According to Strong’s Concordance, the phrase, “be strong,” comes from a root word that means to enable, empower, strengthen, or be made strong. Remember the apostle, Paul? We may see him as a spiritual giant, but he claims that God’s strength is best displayed in our areas of weakness.

When we feel strong, we don’t rely on God the way we should.

In fact, when we have the ability to do things well, we often boast and become proud. When we realize we are weak, God is able to work through us to display his love and power to those around us (1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

Here are some examples from Scripture:

  • God enabled Samson to defeat Israel’s enemies, but when Samson chose to disobey God, he was captured (Judges 14-16).
  • God chose Saul to be King. When Samuel took a while to show up, Saul took things into his own hands. Then he disobeyed by not destroying all of the enemy, and God took the kingdom from his son and gave it to a lowly shepherd boy, David (I Samuel 9, 13, 15).

Think About It

Have you experienced God’s power in your daily living?
What difference is it making in your life?
Journal your thoughts, or respond in another way that is meaningful to you.

 

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you that you are all-powerful. Help me to remember that without you I am vulnerable and weak. As I walk through this day, lead me. Help me to be sensitive to your voice and obedient to your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Ruth L. Snyder resides near Glendon, Alberta, along with her husband and five children. Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. Ruth is Past President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Disclaimer:

I haven’t read this book but knowing Ruth and her heart for God, this will be a good one.

WHY DO I BLOG?

Why Do I Blog?

I ask everything of the Lord. The other day I said, “Okay Lord, you have led me to write, to publish a book and now you are asking me to blog more. Why?” In a few days, He answered me.

The answer: Togetherness

Wednesday’s Word – Together.

Scripture upon scripture came to me this week and each one had to do with building relationships. First we need to build a personal relationship with God through Jesus. Then we build relationships with other believers so we can grow in our faith together.

“”Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”” [a memory verse for Bible study]

And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself””(Matthew 22: 37-39, NIV).

Next in my memory work for Romans I came upon:

“that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Romans 1:12, NIV)

Building a community of believers.

That is why the Lord has given me a passion to write. I write for God’s glory and not my own.

I want to write so God can be blessed; that others will spend more time thinking of and talking about Jesus; and that together we will grow closer to Him.

What does that mean for me?

  • I need to study more
  • I need to read more
  • I need to stop fixating on the how it will work but instead focus on the what does He want me to say.

Here is another passage He showed me:

“And in Him you too are being built TOGETHER to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22, NIV).

If we go back to Acts – when the disciples met they would discuss, learn, and question God.

They “met together to discuss important issues” (Acts 15:6, NRSV).

I know that as I read other blogs and meet other believers my faith grow stronger. And now that I know that making a community where we can grow in togetherness is God’s plan for me, I will continue to press on in writing, reading, studying, praying and meditating.

“Christianity is a personal, practical and progressive relationship with Almighty God” ~ Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God.   Click to Tweet

If God can be practical in helping me build a relationship with Him, I can be practical in bridging the immensity of the world, the difference in race, culture, and age – and build a strong togetherness in Christ – right here on the Internet.

Can we build a community to follow God’s Word

– here at Wednesday’s Word?

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DON’T WRITE OFF A POWERFUL PRAYER

Don’t Write Off a Powerful Prayer (reprinted with permission)

By Heather McGillivray

Being somewhat of a snoop, I enjoy getting together with friends and finding out what’s going on in their lives. I also love when I make a new friend and get to sit down and talk with her (really talk) for the first time—which is why I was right in my element last night, tucked away in our little booth at Country Style Donuts while my new friend told me all about the past harrowing half decade of her life.

I don’t enjoy hearing about the hardships of others, but I am inspired whenever I get to be close to someone who happens to wake up in the middle of living her dream–only to discover it has turned into a nightmare from which she does not have the luxury of escaping–and stops every once in a while, through tears, to tell me how God has been good to her.

She could choose to fall apart and let the people who depend on her most down—or she could bear up under the weight of it and keep putting one foot in front of the other. She has chosen the latter, and I am greatly humbled by her example–having been the queen of falling apart all over the place and basically spilling out from between my own seams on many a memorable occasion.

I cannot imagine going through the situations she is facing and still be as intact as she is.

We agreed to pray for each other. Sometimes we’re in a situation too long, too tightly and too deep to pray our way objectively out of it; sometimes praying for someone else’s situation and knowing they are praying for ours is almost as good as a vacation.

But on the way home I couldn’t help thinking to myself—what I really want to do is rewrite the rest of her life.

I want to open a new page in my laptop and start typing turns in the road ahead. I want to write her a reprieve: days without rain and sunshine around every corner. I want to build a white picket fence around her dreams and keep out the big, bad wolf.

Instead, I prayed. And not the mental ascent kind of prayer I sometimes send off when I haven’t taken the time to get acquainted with the situation—the kind of deep pleading and crying out to God that only comes by the power and love of His Holy Spirit, and through the witness of having experienced some of the same kind of pain. I prayed on the way home. I prayed in my favourite prayer place. And I prayed just now while the writing of this brings it back to my heart afresh.

And, while I don’t know how the story will unfold, I do know there is a peace and assurance of faith that comes with leaving the final chapters in the hands of Him who wrote the Book on love.

We don’t get to write others off, so to speak. But we do have a powerful impact on how the rest of their stories will unfold. Our prayers can push back the antagonist; send healing rain and snatch lives back out of the mouth of the destroyer.

Why do I pray so little when I know that this is so?

Our prayers are powerful—they move mountains; they move God.

But most of all they move us.

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with (James 5:16b The Message Bible).

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Heather McGillivray

Heather lives in Chelmsford, Ontario, with her college aged children. She knows they haven’t left yet because she’s still doing their laundry and buying lots of groceries–she just can’t figure out where they’re hiding, or what they’ve done with the van.

The most exciting thing in her life right now, apart from Jesus, is that He’s letting her write her very first novel, and she’s almost done it. She loves poetry, and could get lost for weeks at a time in a good one. What she knows above all else, is that God hears and answers prayer–and for that she is eternally grateful. Visit her at her blog.