Empower Us With Inner Strength

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NIV

Dear Precious Friends,

It has been and is a tough time of uncertainty and great difficulty. So what are we to do when we walk through these times? My wise Proverbs 31 women in my life remind me to cling to God's word, His truth and stand firm on His promises.

How comforting it is to know that wherever we go, God is there with us. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations and wonder if God is paying attention. We may feel so alone and even depressed. We can't feel God's presence, and we need His guidance and help.

Sometimes others don't really understand what we are going through. But God does and He cares. God told Joshua to be strong and to have courage. Then He told him a wonderful truth: "The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Yes, that's right… wherever! We don't have to feel all alone. God is with us. He is working out the problems, and we don't even realize it.

But now ... the Lord who created you ... says: "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done. Isaiah 43:1-3, 13 NLT

God is with us, leading us, guiding us, loving us, providing for us -- all with His unlimited resources. What do we need? Do we need strength, peace, love, joy, or hope? He has it all. He is longing to pour out His favor and blessing upon us. We need to be open to Him and to trust Him. We need, by faith, to receive what He has for us. It is essential we realize how much He loves us and that He has a good purpose and plan for us.

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Ephesians 3:14-16 NLT

This Scripture is awesome. There is nothing that God doesn't know and can't do for us. He walks with us every moment of every day. We need to speak these Scriptures to our hearts. The devil can't stand it when we, in confidence, speak God's Word. It builds faith in us and gives us the strength to stand.

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! Psalms 139:1-6 NLT

Like David let us declare:

Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalms 25:4-5 NLT

We can trust God. No matter what is going on in our life, He is there! God goes where we go.

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what we need now, so that we will continue to do God’s will. Then we will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

PATIENT ENDURANCE.... OH HOW I LOVE THIS REMINDER!

Whenever we experience what seems to be that darkest time of our life, we must keep pushing forward and do not give up. We are stronger than we think we are because God is our strength. Draw closer to Him even when it seems like there’s no hope for tomorrow.

Here is what we must remember:

There is always a light after the darkness, there’s always the rainbow after the rain, there’s always the dawn after the darkest night and there’s always a blessing after the pain.

Let's Keep our faith in the Lord.

Song of reflection:

https://youtu.be/iJCV_2H9xD0
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