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Strengthen yourself in the Lord!

Posted: Monday, May 21

 &nbsp;&nbsp; Pastor Tanto&nbsp; // Executive Pastor

   Pastor Tanto  // Executive Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26

Verse of the day: 

But David found strength in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6b)


1 Samuel chapter 30 records a low period for David and his mighty men of valor.  They were out at war, allying themselves with the Philistines to fight against the Israelites.  David was denied the right to fight by the princes of the Philistines. The next day they started the three-day march back to Ziklag, the city they called home.  Before their arrival, the Amalekites raided the city, taking prisoner all of the women and children and burned the city to the ground. 

 

Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep (1 Samuel 30:4).  To make matters worse, the men were talking about stoning David.  Talk about a bad day!

 

David and all of his men just lost their wives and their children.   They had no idea if they were still alive.  The city is burned down and all of the men are weeping until they couldn’t weep any longer.  To relieve some of the pain they wanted to kill David.  Naturally, David was distressed, he was suffering from pain and anxiety.  He reached the lowest of lows. 

 

There were many options for David to respond but he decided to strengthen himself in the Lord.  After all, David was the man after God’s own heart.  He was the psalmist that said, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4). 

 

How do you respond in difficult times?

 

Since I started serving at Oak Creek Assembly of God three months ago, I have been getting to know the other pastors.  I have been asking them about their spiritual disciplines. In other words, I ask them how they strengthen themselves in the Lord.  I want to share with you what I learned from them so you can get some ideas.  Most of them spend time in prayer and in the Bible every morning.  One has his time at 5am every day. One has a special chair where he sits and spends time with God every morning before work.  Some spend time with God every night.  Most read through the yearly Bible plan.  Some write down what God speaks to them in a journal and refers back to it when needed.  One of them listens to the Word every day.  Some fast and pray on a regular basis.  I am pretty sure all of them read the online devotion every day.  Some do a combination of several things.   

 

I want to encourage you to always strengthen yourself in the Lord.  Strengthen yourself in His Word and in His presence.  Be a man or woman after God’s own heart.   Come up with a daily plan to strengthen yourself in Him!