Giver of Strength

Read Psalm 86. Today’s verse is Psalm 86:16: “Bring me to Your grace-fountain so that Your strength becomes mine. Be my hero and come rescue Your servant once again!” (TPT). 

Remember, we are cursed when we rely on human strength. Jeremiah 17:5 says, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD’” (NLT). How many times have you turned away from the Giver of Strength and tried to rely on your own strength? How many occasions has your pride led you to fail? How many situations turned to struggles because your trust was in human strength?

Paul wrote to the Philippians that we can do everything through Christ who gives us strength (4:13). Yes, God is God of the impossible (Luke 1:37). Even so, Paul was referencing that he was content with a little or a lot, in good times and bad times. This is not necessarily a verse to use to win a football game. I’m not sure there’s any verses for that but keep digging. Nonetheless, we are blessed when our strength is in Christ. Psalm 84:5 says, “Blessed are those whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage” (NIV). As 2 Corinthians 12:9 states, “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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (NIV).

Let us declare this today: “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me…. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever (Psalm 28:7, Psalm 73:26). Amen!

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