“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge…Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth…” (Ps. 46:1,7,10)
Sometimes you have to encourage yourself. Others may have your best interest in mind, but their words do not always convey this. They are not to be blamed. Oftentimes, they are only speaking what they have heard from others or things they have been taught from life’s experiences. Some things have been taught from the pulpit. What we do not realize is that life’s little adages sound great, but they do not penetrate through our erected walls to reach the core of our inner man like the Word of God in order to uproot the cancerous thoughts and strongholds that the enemy is trying to erect within our minds. THIS IS SPIRITUAL WARFARE!!! These thoughts and strongholds “…goeth not out but by prayer and fasting…” (Mt. 17:21).
People have become unofficial (and oftentimes, unsolicited) counselors at a time when those who are suffering are in need of someone to assist them by praying them through their situation. Prayer and the Word of God together have an insurmountable power that can penetrate through the forces of darkness and bring hope and light in the midst of the person’s situation. Prayer and the Word brings a strength and a spiritual refreshing to the soul of the suffering that no other word in this world can offer.
Where is my help? From where can I find strength when I feel like giving up? The psalmist declares,
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man…The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation…” (Ps.118:8,14)
Therefore, when we turn to the Lord first, He will strengthen us. He will provide whatever or whomever it is that we may have need of at the moment. How can we be so certain of this? The psalmist says,
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved…The Lord is thy keeper…The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.” (Ps. 121:1-3,5,7,8)
Instead of “trying everything and waiting for everything to fail before we try Jesus,” we should turn to Jesus first. It would save us so much unnecessary trouble and heartache in the end. Where is my help? My help comes from the Lord…#thinkonthesethings