We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Andrea Johnson.

 

Bible Reading:

Psalm 18:1-3

1 I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

Word:

Where does strength come from? For so many years, I believed that true strength came from, well, me! I have always had this “I will do it myself” attitude or “if you want it done right, do it yourself.” But where does that actually take you? I have been in a place of dissatisfaction, anxiety, hopelessness, all while relying on my own strength.

There is something about submitting yourself to Jesus, the trustworthy source of all power. Some would think that submitting your will to another is a point of weakness, but it is meekness in all honesty. In my humility, surrendering my will to Jesus, I found my true strength. Just like David, I too can cry out to God that He is my rock, my impenetrable force, my stronghold, my salvation!

In this submission, I realized I could call upon the Lord in my distress, and he will hear me. I found a strength I never knew I had. David said that with this strength, he could run against a troop and leap over a wall. I could put in work daily in the gym and never gain the ability to accomplish such a task! David concluded in Psalms 18 that it is God who arms us with strength. So whatever you are facing right now, seek God for the strength you need.

There is no reason to flail around like one beating the air. Run to God, your stronghold, your horn of salvation, your source of true strength! The word of God tells us that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. There is no reason to fear feeling weak; in fact, realizing that feeling and taking it to God may be the very place of your deliverance!

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank you for rescuing me from my enemies; Thank You that You lift me up above those who rise up against me; Thank you that You deliver me from the man of violence. Therefore will I give thanks and praise You, O Lord, among the nations, And sing praises to Your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

Skillwork:

Maybe, at times, you feel like I have; you can do tasks in your own strength, or maybe you are feeling weak in strength at the moment. Wherever you are, remember that God is your strength and very present help in trouble; he is the lifter of your head and the supplier of your needs. Run to Him, seek His will for you.

 

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