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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

SURRENDER ALL TO JESUS CHRIST AND LET HIM BE YOUR STRENGTH


 

Today’s Reading:

2 Samuel 22:33-36

“God is my strength and power; and he maketh my way perfect. 34 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet; and sitteth me upon my high places, 35 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. 36 Thou has also given me the shield of thy salvation; and thy gentleness hath made me great.” (2 Samuel 22:33-36 AKJV)

 


David asserted that it was God who empowered him (vv. 29-37) to gain complete victory (vv. 38-43) over both his internal and external (vv. 44-46) enemies. God is our strength, our rock, and our fortress (vv. 33, 34). God wants us to put our faith in Him and to believe that we can do whatever He asks us to do with His backing. He is mighty to uphold us and make us stand. He will support us and keep us from failing. And His strength is readily available to us. We can only receive this strength by believing and confessing His promises to us. If we believe we are weak, we will always manifest weakness. The scriptures encourage us that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4: 13).


Again, in Joel 3:10, that “Let the weak say, ‘I am strong!” when we say we are strong with strong conviction, even though we are weak, the Lord will be our inner strength, and we will experience victory in our lives. “God is my strength and power; and my strong fortress” (v. 33). God does not just want to give us the strength; He wants to be our strength.


Men and women of faith in the Bible know and believe that God was their strength; today they are encouragement to us to completely trust in the strength of God. It is not foolishness or laziness to completely trust in the strength of God. Outside God we can do nothing, we are the works of His hand. He is able to break and remould us into whatever He deems fit, for His use and glory. David said in Psalm 18 verse 29 that “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.” Concerning Elijah, we are told in 1 Kings 19 verse 4 to 8 that an angel came to minister to him, who was tired and depressed. After this, he was able to travel for 40 days and nights in the strength of what he received from that one visit. Paul in 2 Corinthians 12 verse 9 and 10, found the strength of God awesome and he wrote that he would boast in his weaknesses, knowing that when he is weak, he was actually powerful because he could always draw strength from Christ. The examples are endless.


How do we receive the strength of God?

  1. We must first become a friend of God and surrender to the lordship of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. Repent of sin of lack of faith, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and quicken your spirit man. “But you shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Act 1:8).

  3. We must believe and have faith in the promises of God to strengthen us in time of weaknesses and distress.

  4. Faith will quicken our body, soul and spirit.

  5. By prayer, faith and patience we are strengthened to stay in a difficult marriage, raise difficult children and stick with a difficult boss in a job. Even those with physical challenges are able to do exploits for God through faith.

Trying to push through difficulties on our own is very stressful, a great challenge to our body, soul and spirit and can hurt. Regret looks back at the past; Fear looks around; Worry looks inward; but Faith looks up to God. Confess with David that, “The Lord is my rock, in Him will I trust; He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my high tower/stronghold and my refuge, my Saviour; thou saves me from violence.” (v. 3).

OLUFUNMILAYO TITILOLA ADEKUSIBE


 

Prayer:

  1. Father thank you for being my rock, my trust, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my high tower and my refuge, my Saviour who saves me from danger and violent men and women, in Jesus’ name.

  2. Thank you for sending Your Holy Spirit to indwell and stay with me to the end, in Jesus’ name.

  3. Thank You Lord, because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, in Jesus’ name.

  4. Everything you have not planted in my life and family, let them be uprooted, in Jesus’ name.

  5. Father, enlarge my faith in You, in Jesus’ name.

  6. Every plan and strategy of Satan against the body of Christ, be frustrated and be bound, in Jesus’ name.

  7. Father, let the Prince of Peace reign in every department of our nation, in Jesus’ name.

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