Strengthen Yourself

STRENGTHEN-YOURSELF-Stand-Strong-QuoteWalking in God’s plan for our lives makes us a target for the devil; we must strengthen ourselves.

He’s not just going to sit idly by while we step into the victory and abundant life God has for us. It is important that we strengthen ourselves. Satan doesn’t want to see us succeed and will do whatever he can to stop us. The good news is Jesus has already defeated him and anything he tells us is a lie.

The key for us is not giving into the lie, especially on the hard days. We need to stand strong when it seems like nothing is going our way and we feel abandoned and alone. We must remind ourselves of God’s promises. To do this  we need to be confessing God’s Word out loud to ourselves.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” (Proverbs 18:21a).

If our reaction to a bad day is to complain and put ourselves down we should not be surprised when one hard day turns into two, then three, then four and so on.

In the middle of hard times we need to take a lesson from David in 1 Samuel 30. David is not yet king, but he’s still fighting on the side of Israel. He’d just brought his men back from a victory to the town where they had been living. They found their homes burned down and their families had been kidnapped. The story says that all of the men wept until they had no strength left to weep. After this they turned on David. They blamed him. They wanted to stone him to death.

David could have easily given up that day. He was faced with the sadness of his own family being kidnapped, and then the men who had been with him for years turned on him.

David did not give in to discouragement though. He didn’t accept that defeat as final. Instead, he did what we should all do on the hard days.

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“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God,” (1 Samuel 30:6).

Instead of listening to the negative voices swirling around him and giving into his own distress, David immediately ran to God. He knew the only place he was going to find strength and safety was in God.

This is the perfect example of how to handle hard times. If David had wallowed in his sadness, he would have ended up dead. This is what the devil wants us to do. He wants us to give into discouragement. The devil wants us to accept defeat. He wants us to give up.

However, if we believe that life and death are in the power of our tongue and we remind ourselves who we are in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us, we can overcome anything.

Take time every day to strengthen yourself in the Lord. Remind yourself who you are. Talk to yourself about the power of God in you. Speak the life of God into your life and Satan will flee from you.

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