Everything in the world seemed to be against him. King David, in 1 Samuel 30, having been raided by the Amalekites, was about to be the object of his army’s wrath, as they all lamented having their women and children kidnapped. Blaming King David for the raid, his men were poised for attack, ready to kill him.
It’d be easy, in David’s spot, to believe that he was all alone. To believe that God had somehow left him, and that he was done for. But 1 Samuel 30 speaks of David doing something very different: “He encouraged Himself in the Lord.
“What does that even mean?” You may ask. We can look at different translations for insight. Most translations read something like, “But David found strength in the Lord his God.” At his weakest moment, David found strength in God.
We’re all bound to have our “weak” days– days where the cares of life pull us down, days where our weak spots are tried and uncovered. Because of this, it is more than crucial that we as Believers are able to find strength in Jesus. I have a few ways of how we can do this.
- Be well-read when it comes to the Bible. The enemy loves to come against us with lies about who Christ is, and who we are in Him. satan would love for us to quiver in fear, breaking down under the pressure that has been placed on us. This is why reading, and knowing, the word of God is so important! When we know what the Bible says concerning God, we can stand upon its Truth– and it becomes a haven in the storm.
- Remember that Jesus is our Refuge. As apart of knowing the Word, I encourage you to cling to the promises of who Christ is to you. When one truly believes that Jesus is Sovereign and our Refuge, the fears we have cannot stay. Jesus Loves you! He is for you! You can trust Him!
- Remember that perfect Love (God’s Love) casts out fear. 1 John 4:18 says this, and its truth is invaluable. When you are afraid or overwhelmed, and being attacked by the enemy, submit to Jesus in the matter. His Love will cast out all fear from the evil one, and when we submit to God, the devil flees (James 4:7).
- Act upon what you read in the Word. It is crucial to not only be a wellspring of knowledge when it comes to scripture, but to also live out what you know. Again, submitting to Jesus in all things helps us to resist the devil and his schemes.
What about you? Do you have any biblical insight into how we can strengthen ourselves in the Lord? Let’s talk about it! 🙂
Jesus loves to come alongside us, giving us His strength to meet the need in any situation. We can trust in Him, friends! Let’s encourage ourselves in Him, and draw from the strength and help He so lovingly yearns to share with us!
Do you know Jesus?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
(Matthew 11:28, NIV)
This is Jesus’ loving invitation to all of us… but what does it mean for you, personally? Read about who Jesus is, and what He has done to provide rest for us, here.
Please pray for…
- Those, like David, who feel hard-pressed on every side, and need the rest and relief only found in Christ.
- The Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu. Pray for their fathers, as their fathers spend another Father’s Day without their daughters.
- For a revival in the lives of many in Nigeria. We need Christ if we are ever going to be healed as people and as nations!
- For renewed peace and rest in corrupt areas, such as Northern Nigeria.
As always, Thank you for your prayers and support!
2 responses to “Encouraging Yourself in the Lord”
Thank you!!! Very encouraging.
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Glad I could be used! 🙂