Posted by: Anne | September 28, 2019

find strength in joy

“… And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
~ Nehemiah 8:10b

“Sing praise my soul,
Find strength in joy.
Let His Words lead you on.”
~ Take Courage
by Kristene DiMarco
https://www.newreleasetoday.com/article.php?article_id=2079

The original Hebrew for “joy” in Nehemiah 8:10 is “chedvah,” meaning joy or gladness. The root word for joy in this context means to rejoice or to make glad. “Strength” in the same verse is a Hebrew word meaning “a place or means of safety, protection refuge, or stronghold.” The root word of strength means “to be strong, prevail; to make firm, strengthen.” The joy of the Lord is a constant gladness and cause to rejoice. It stems from an inner strengthening from our relationship with Him. When Jesus died for us, He restored us to a peace with God that cannot be undone.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/what-does-the-joy-of-the-lord-is-my-strength-mean.html

More about strength in joy:
https://www.first15.org/08/06/strength-in-joy/

Posted by: Anne | September 21, 2019

strength for the battle

“For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.”
~ Psalm 18:39 ESV

We all face battles, especially within our mind. Here, emotional reactions, quick insults and worst-case scenarios tend to speak louder than God’s truth. They leave us feeling defeated, demotivated and discouraged.

Where do your thoughts stand?

To run a race well, we must continually mind our mind. Why? Because renewed minds lead to transformed lives. Lives mentally prepared to run.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2018/07/05/how-to-be-battle-ready

Read more verses about battle:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/battle

Posted by: Anne | September 14, 2019

strength to the powerless

“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.”
~ Isaiah 40:29 New Living Translation

In a moment we can go from faith to fear and end up under a broom tree waiting to die. But such failure is never final for the people of God. It might look and feel that way, but it can lead to a whole new dimension of ministry and experience in prayer.

God is never surprised by our visits to the broom tree. Knowing all things, He waits to strengthen us by the appropriate means, just as He waited for Elijah and had a meal prepared for him.

Keep talking to the Lord, even if you are mad at Him or doubting His very existence.

The journey can be too great for all of us, for all sorts of reasons… Yet, when that happens, God has only just begun!


Read the full article at the source:
https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/september-2010/do-you-feel-like-you-cant-pray-anymore/

Posted by: Anne | September 7, 2019

strong in the Lord

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
~ Ephesians 6:10 New International Version (NIV)

Read the additional verses about strength in the armor of God:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A10-17&version=NIV

Read more about this topic: What does it mean to be strong in the Lord?
https://www.gotquestions.org/be-strong-in-the-Lord.html

https://unlockingthebible.org/2015/09/what-it-means-to-be-strong-in-the-lord/

“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.”
~ Author Unknown

Posted by: Anne | August 31, 2019

back to school: ready for anything

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
~ Philippians 4:13 ESV

Or, said another way…

“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”
~ Philippians 4:13 AMP


“Every mountain is making me a climber
Every giant is calling out a fighter…”
~ “Deeper” by Meredith Andrews

Read the lyrics and hear the song at:
https://myktis.com/songs/deeper/


More Bible verses on this topic:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/never_give_up

Posted by: Anne | August 24, 2019

back to school: faith over feelings

“Why am I so depressed?
Why this turmoil within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him,
my Savior and my God.”
~ Psalm 43:5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.”
~ C. S. Lewis

See Also
https://faithcounts.com/c-s-lewis-faith-lessons/

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2019/august/we-need-to-value-truth-over-feeling-skillets-john-cooper-reacts-to-christian-leaders-renouncing-faith

https://rainshine.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/nothing-more-than-feelings/

Posted by: Anne | August 17, 2019

back to school: possible with God

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
~ Luke 1:37 ESV

An important distinction about the promise in this verse is that it doesn’t simply state that nothing is impossible. Without God, impossibilities not only exist but abound.

The verse also doesn’t say, “Things will never look, feel, or seem impossible.” A situation may catch us completely off guard. It may last longer than we thought, with many unexpected turns along the way.

At the risk of sounding trite, if we had all of the answers, when would we ever need faith?

In our struggles, we can take heart that, because Jesus knows how overwhelming circumstances can be for us, He shared the specific truth in Luke 1:37. It reminds us to shift our focus from whatever is going on around us to the only place where anything – even the redemption of absolutely anyone’s story – is possible: with God!

And as we exercise our faith, it grows.

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.'”
~ Mark 10:27 ESV

Read more Bible verses about the impossible:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/impossible

 

Posted by: Anne | August 9, 2019

back to school: upward not inward

“Our God, will you not judge them? For we are powerless before this vast number that comes to fight against us. We do not know what to do, but we look to you.”
~ 2 Chronicles 20:12 (CSB)

“Don’t let the storm turn you inward. Let it turn you upward.” ~ Max Lucado

Read more at the source:
https://maxlucado.com/these-stormy-times/

Posted by: Anne | August 3, 2019

back to school: hear both sides

“The first person to speak in court always seems right until his opponent begins to question him.”
~ Proverbs 18:17 (Good News Translation)

I have seen this many times. I speak with one person who has their own slant on things. And I come to take their perspective. And then, another comes along and I begin to see things more clearly. I have seen this at home with my children. I have seen this at church when disputes arise. I have seen this when dealing with others outside the church.

You hear the story from one, and you are convinced that an injustice has taken place. But, along comes another, and you see that the truth was shaded just a bit. Or, certain facts weren’t shared with me that helped to clarify everything.

Read the full commentary at the source:
http://www.rvbc.cc/sermons/2015-030

Posted by: Anne | July 27, 2019

not everything

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:23 New International Version (NIV)

What does it mean that “all things are lawful unto me”?
https://www.gotquestions.org/all-things-are-lawful.html

See more translations of this verse:
https://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/10-23.htm

Read commentary about this verse:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-corinthians/10-23.html

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