Let Your Strength Come from Jesus [Called Series]

mountain peaksThe Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!
Habakkuk 3:19 AMP

When you are low on strength, what a promise to remember!

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV

At your weakest point, this is His promise to you.

For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me. – Colossians 1:29 ESV

When you have nothing left, His energy is powerfully infusing your very being.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Cor 12:9-10

Life is full of countless points of weakness in our lives, and yet those can also be our greatest moments of strength.

A great book that illustrates these truths within this struggle is Hannah Hurnard’s Hinds’ Feet on High Places:

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Fearful Hearts

Prowling Tiger

Would you say that you have a fearful heart?

Do you fear the future?

Does your heart falter when trouble comes?

Do other people’s actions against you incapacitate you?

Does the Enemy’s attacks make you back away from continuing on by faith?

Are you easily deterred when opposition comes at you from other people or spiritual forces?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you may be struggling with a fearful heart.

One of my favorite “fearful heart” antidotes is found in Isaiah 35:3-7:

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 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.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 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. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

What an amazing promise for us to pray and believe!

How many of our circumstances and situations are haunts where jackals lay? Whether the jackals be our own addictions, undealt with hurts or fears, or intense spiritual attacks from spiritual forces . . . God can make them haunts where jackals once laid!

How? It takes our participation and cooperation.

In the intercession/spiritual warfare training I bring short-term mission teams or church groups through, I lead them through a visualization exercise using Isaiah 35:3-7. I begin the training, by showing them my Luke 10:19 man (click image to enlarge view).

Luke 10_19 man

I ask them to think and pray on where their greatest area of spiritual weakness is:

  • Fearful Heart
  • Feeble Hands
  • Knees that Give Way
  • Feet that Stumble with Inconsistency and Uncertainty

Any area of spiritual weakness makes you prone to the Enemy’s attacks. Thus by gaining a full understanding of who we are in Christ (Philemon 1:6) and cooperating with Father as He strengthens us by the truth of His Word concerning our areas of weakness, we take hold of:

  • Strong Hearts that do not Fear
  • Strengthened Hands that are Battle Ready (Ps 144:1)
  • Knees that Stand Firm
  • Feet that Walk Steadily

 Are you ready to start training?

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