but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
As 2017 comes to a close we can thank God for seeing us through another year. Though we may have had struggles we made it through them with the help of the Lord. The new year, 2018 will soon be here and it is a time for new beginnings. Trust in the Lord to renew your strength and refresh your spirit, and remember you are more than conquerors through God who loves you.
Paul wrote this in a letter after he left Philippi where he had gone through some very difficult times, yet he chose not to focus on the things that had caused him pain. We ought to be like Paul and stay focused on the positive things in our lives and appreciate the great memories we have. I thank God for giving me strength to get through difficult times and I am thankful for the great memories I have of the wonderful people God placed in my life.
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.
Your true wisdom and value is not found in your own understanding, power, or riches. It is found in knowing God and in salvation. I cannot boast about anything I have but I can boast about knowing the Lord. I can boast about His kindness, justice, and righteousness. Everything I have and everything I am is because of Him and because of His unfailing love and mercy. If you’re going to brag about something, brag about Jesus.
My flesh and my heart may fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
As humans we are not perfect, we make mistakes. No matter how much we want to do better we sometimes fail, we sometimes let God and ourselves down. But we serve a mighty God and no matter how many times we fall, he picks us up. He continues to love us because His love never fails. He loves us not because of who we are but because of who He is.
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
No matter how many times you cry out to God for strength He will be there. He hears you every single time. Don’t give up, don’t stop seeking the Lord. Don’t let anything keep you from seeking His face.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Changing our old ways and habits can be hard when we try to do it by our own strength and often we fail. The good news is we don’t have to do it all alone or by our own strength. We have Jesus on our side and we “can” do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Give whatever you are struggling with over to God and let Him be your strength.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
God’s grace, favor, loving-kindness and mercy helps you to make it through anything. His strength and power shows itself the most when you need Him the most. When you are weak you need to depend on God more and the more you depend on God, the more strength He will give you to make it through anything. The world we live in has changed drastically but God never will. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.