Your Closest Source of Strength By Rev Eastwood Anaba
THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Month Theme: Purpose and Divine Assistance
Topic: Your Closest Source of Strength
1 Samuel 30:6-18
1 Samuel 30:6
6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
To prevail is to prove more powerful than an opposing force. Those who prevail are prevailers. Prevailers encourage themselves – they find motivation within themselves. Encouragement is not an external thing but internal grace. Prevailers don’t leave the responsibility of recovering from a setback to others. They have a strong relationship with God and in times of affliction, He is the closest source of strength to them.
Jesus Christ possessed an amazing ability to encourage Himself to do the things that pleased God. On a certain occasion, He was so determined to face crucifixion that He rebuked Peter for attempting to hold Him back (Matthew 16:21-23). Prevailers don’t present their convictions to popular vote. Jesus saw satan in Peter’s attempt to stop Him from going to the Cross. Some of the people who try to deliver you from pain end up “delivering” you from God’s plans. Words that sound good, like Peter’s, don’t always produce results that glorify God.
You don’t need people to stand with you when God stands by you. A crowd is not always advantageous in warfare. David knew that God was with him and that was enough to encourage him to go to war against his enemies. I believe that he reviewed his past victories and convinced himself that God who had delivered him in times past would deliver him again.
Pray for the inner strength to encourage yourself in the time of affliction.
“Wailers and Prevailers” and “Victory Over Fire” by Eastwood Anaba
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