Stand Off

warThere are times when two opposing sides reach a point where they can’t agree or work things out and a conflict is about to begin. There are times when diplomacy reaches the end of its rope. In Isaiah the Israelites were faced with a serious threat from the King of Assyria. Their situation was challenge by an envoy from the King of Assyria. Check this out….

18 ‘Do not let Hezekiah mislead you when he says, “The Lord will deliver us.” Have the gods of any nations ever delivered their lands from the hand of the king of Assyria? 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? 20 Who of all the gods of these countries have been able to save their lands from me? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?’
21 But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, ‘Do not answer him.’ (Isaiah 36:18-21 NIV)

 

There are times when I have to stand with what I know in the face of fear. The Lord is stronger than anything I could possibly face or fear. I sometimes just have to wait on Him to show me where and what to move.

One thing I do know about God is that He is not limited by my view of Him. He is much stronger than I could possibly know. His love is deeper and wider than I can fathom. The longer I walk with the Lord the more my confidence in Him grows. I was reminded of a passage in 1 John. Check this out….

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 NIV)

 

I will not be afraid.

I will be strong.

I will wait upon the Lord.

I trust in Him with all that I am.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

 

Save The Day

Sunset worshipThere have been many instances in my life when the Lord simply saved the day. I was down and out because it seemed like my day had been one continuous train wreck until He stepped in. I think sometimes the struggles and trials I go through are a test. I don’t believe that God uses bad situations to test me or try to trip me up. I do believe that the enemy is around and He’s all about trying to take me down. I think the Lord allows me to push through struggle and pain sometimes in order for me to grow. I do believe that at the right time He will show up and save the day. Check this out…

3 Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts,
    ‘Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.’
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
    and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
    and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool,
    the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10     and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (Isaiah 35:3-7a;9b-10 NIV)

 

The Lord is strong and powerful to defeat the strongest enemy. There is nothing He can’t do. I am a recipient of His Strength and Power when I needed it most.

He NEVER leaves me.

He NEVER forsakes me.

HE ALWAYS is available.

HE “Saves The Day” for me in more ways than I can count.

When He “arrives on the scene”, my weakness is strengthened…my hope becomes strong. The struggle and problems gets smaller when He is present.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Stick Together

Friends enjoying coffee togetherI’ve often heard that two heads are better than one. There are many instances in life when this is very true. I can do things by myself, but there way more times in life that it’s better to have help. I was recently helping build some props for our band program. I then went out of town for two weeks in a row. I came back to find that they had feverishly been working to get things done. My help was needed. When tow people work together as one it’s almost always a better scenario. Check this out….

9 Two people are better than one.
 
   They can help each other in everything they do.
10 Suppose someone falls down.
 
   Then his friend can help him up.

But suppose the man who falls down doesn’t have anyone to help him up.

    Then feel sorry for him!
12 One person could be overpowered.
 
   But two people can stand up for themselves.

    And a rope made out of three cords isn’t easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 NIV)

 

I believe this to be very good counsel. I should never try to do everything on my own. After all, I’m not Superman. The Lone Ranger had Tonto. There is great strength in working together. I can collaborate with others. I can accomplish more with help. I’m a better leader with help. There are some areas where I’m weak and a helper or co-leader makes up for my deficiencies.

All the good things I’ve been able to accomplish in my life were the result of others helping me. I need to be that type of friend and companion to others. The Lord is a companion that sticks closer than a brother – I need Him every hour of every day.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Strength Of The Lord

Strength Level Measured on Thermometer Ultimate StrongWhen I’ve been through hard times, I realize just how weak I am. I can hardly find the strength in my legs to stand up. I become very dependent on the strength that only the Lord can give me. Some folks refer to this as “inner strength”, but in my case its “Spirit Strength”. It is strength that the Lord gives me that I can’t get from any other source. David speaks of the strength of the Lord often in his writings. Check this out…

The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.

    How great is his joy in the victories you give!
5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;

    you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
6 Surely you have granted him unending blessings

    and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the Lord;

    through the unfailing love of the Most High

    he will not be shaken.
13 Be exalted in your strength, Lord;

    we will sing and praise your might. (Psalm 21:1;5-7;13 NIV)

 

The strength of the Lord is immeasurable in human terms. He can outlast anything that is coming at me. He is more creative at working through an issue than any human being could imagine. His resources know no limits. His wealth cannot be counted. His love, His grace and His mercy are infinite. The strength of the Lord is a huge provider of the joy that I have. He is not rattled or shaken by my circumstances. He will provide me the strength to work through the hardest of situations. I know this from first hand experience.
Pressing On!
Dwayne

Strength

Strength Level Measured on Thermometer Ultimate StrongI used to work out pretty regular and as a result, my strength and stamina was drastically improved. As I’ve gotten older and less motivated to find the time for a strong work out, I’ve seen my strength and stamina fall off a bit. Our muscles are unique in that they develop with use and develop more when they face resistance on a regular basis.

The people of Jerusalem were strong not because of their strength, but because the Lord was with them. Zechariah explained it clearly. Check this out….

 1 This message is the word of the Lord to Israel. This is what the Lord says, who stretched out the skies, and laid the foundations of the earth, and put the human spirit within: 2 “I will make Jerusalem like a cup of poison to the nations around her. They will come and attack Jerusalem and Judah. 3 One day all the nations on earth will come together to attack Jerusalem, but I will make it like a heavy rock; anyone who tries to move it will get hurt. 4 At that time I will confuse every horse and cause its rider to go crazy,” says the Lord. “I will watch over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the enemies. 5 Then the leaders of Judah will say to themselves, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord All-Powerful is their God.’ (Zechariah 12:1-5 NCV)

My physical strength comes from the body that the Lord gave me. I have some responsibilities in taking care of my body. I still believe that the Lord gives me strength at times when I thought I was empty.

The Lord is the only Source of my spiritual strength. He alone holds me and shapes me. He does His best work when I trust Him completely. My strength is built up when I spend time in the Word with Him. My strength grows when I converse with Him in prayer and I see His Hand in my life and in the life of others.  His Presence is amazing to both my spiritual and physical being.  I must learn to hold tight to Him in any and every circumstance that I face. He gives me strength when I’m all out. He gives me just the right amount. I trust Him. I love Him. I honor Him. By surrendering all that I am to Him, I’m made really strong.

Pressing On!
Dwayne