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What's the Source of Your Strength for the Race?

Isaiah, PsalmSow & Gather - Tamera B.4 Comments
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I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away.  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:8-9 NLT

Believe it or not, I love to run.  I don’t always do it but I love it.  Several years ago, I decided I would take on a half marathon in the city of Dallas, Texas.  As I prepared for the race physically, I also researched the race online.  Every single article I read about this race said, “Beware of mile 8!”  You see, mile 8 was on an incline. 

All the way through the first 7 miles of the race I kept thinking I would have to save a little extra strength for the dreaded mile 8.  I must say that incline felt like a gigantic mountain.  As I was putting one foot in front of the other I seriously did not know if I would make it to the top.  About half way through, one of the spectators looked straight at me and said, “Don’t give up, this incline is almost over!”

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Life is much like that race isn’t it?  We sail along, reserving strength for the hard times, knowing they will come.  However, when we get there, it is simply hard to put one foot in front of the other. 

God knew this would be true about life and through His word He gave us words of encouragement to keep us going.  One of those encouragements is the verse above. 

As you are running through life, and the going gets rough, listen in your spirit and you will hear from the sidelines, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.”

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Psalm 46

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Say it out loud, God is with me!

Prayer |

Dear Jesus, thank you for being with me always.   Sometimes I am desperate to see you and hear you.  Give me the strength to please you and live life according to your word.  Amen.

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Be Still Before The Lord

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Be still and know that I am God . . . . Psalm 46:10 NIV

When something is troubling me or I am worried or anxious, I can’t sit still.  I need to pace back and forth or start cleaning out a closet or drawer.  I just need to DO something, anything.  I wonder if instead of pacing and moving around if I could just sit and be still for a moment? 

What if the feeling of restlessness is actually God calling me to spend time with Him?  Just to stop for a moment in the midst of all the noise and activity so that I could hear the whisper of God telling my soul, “be still and know that I am God.”  Not simply to think, wonder, or wish, but to KNOW:  God is God, and He is in control!

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The definition of know is “to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty; to have established or fixed in the mind or memory.”  Is God’s word so fixed in my mind that I know it to be truth?  If it is, what does His word say to do when I am anxious?  1 Peter 5:7 says “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”  God knew that you and I would have anxious times, and He tells us what we can do. 

But HOW do we do it?  What does that mean “cast all your anxiety on Him?”  He is not physically here.  It means to bring our burdens, cares, and concerns to Jesus in prayer.  Talk to Him about it, tell Him what’s on our heart, what’s bothering you…and then, LEAVE it with Him.  Every time you start to worry or get anxious, go straight to Jesus and talk to Him again. 

The second part of 1 Peter 5:7 says “for He cares for you.”  That means that Jesus literally cares about your concerns.  He WANTS us to come to Him so that He can quiet us in our soul.  He tells us “I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28.  It is when we are still and spending time with Jesus that we find His joy and peace.  Once we have been with Him in prayer and in His word, even though the situation that caused us to be anxious hasn’t changed, the way we look at it will. 

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Read Psalm 37:7, Psalm 62:5, Psalm 91:1-16, Exodus 14:14, Isaiah 32:17, and Isaiah 41:10-13 for more encouragement.

Action Item |

Ask the Lord to help you identify what is causing your anxiety and give it to the Lord in prayer. 

Prayer |

Lord, when I am worried or anxious guide me to rest in You.  Help me to draw so close to You that I can hear you whisper;  “Be still my child and know that I am God.”  Let me know Your peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

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