Take Heart

“…for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength)” (II Corinthians 12:10, AMP)

Yes, I am glad to be weak or insulted or mistreated or to have troubles and sufferings, if it is for Christ. Because when I am weak, I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 (CEV)

Selah, pause and think on this. When we stop focusing on our weaknesses and other issues that make us feel hindered in our goals. WHAMMO, God steps right up to the plate and you make a home run.

Have you read this recently? “In the Old Testament, God multiplied the sound of four men’s footsteps and caused them to sound like a mighty army. When their enemies heard them, they took off running. There were thousands of enemy troops running for their lives, scared to death, thinking they were being attacked by a massive army when in fact it was just four people! What happened? God made up the difference.”

Why not put your weaknesses in the right perspective and see what God will do! What is your POV on this?
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15 thoughts on “Take Heart

  1. Sara, your story reminds me of the march around Jericho. The Israelis had a few trumpets, so to speak, and when they had marched around the city walls ….those massive, impregnable barriers, seven times, God told Joshua…blow the trumpets and SHOUT! And they did and the walls fell without being touched by a weapon or anything like that.
    Some of us would have probably complained about a 7 day march,’ too much exercise’ or ‘Oh, my feet are killing me!’ or “why do we have to go around it 7 times? What good will that do with these big walls?” BUT GOD…God made up the difference as Sara said above. God will fight our battles for us as the chorus goes..
    Victory, oh victory it is mine
    Victory, oh victory it is mine
    If I just stand back let the Lord fight my battles
    victory, oh victory is mine.

  2. In II Kings 4 there was a widow who must have felt weak. Her husband was dead, she had nothing in her house but a little oil and the creditors were coming to take her two boys as slaves. God had his prophet, Elisha, there to hear her cry and help her. Elisha relied on God to help this woman. He told her to get all the empty jars she could find from all her neighbors. The he told her to pour what ‘little’ oil she had in those jars and the oil didn’t stop flowing until she ran out of jars to fill. God was greater than her suffering and trouble and provided a solution. In her weakness she didn’t have the answer, but in His strength, God did.

  3. A little foal, is weak without her mother. But with her mom’s help, nourishment, and protection, she is now, just as big or bigger than her mom!

    Read with me the footnotes for 2 Corinthians 12:10..”When we are strong in abilities or resources, we are tempted to do God’s work on our own, and that can lead to pride. When we are weak. allowing God to fill us with His power, than we are stronger than we could ever be on our own. God does not intend for us to be weak, passive, or ineffective- life provides enough hindrances and setbacks without us creating them. When those obstacles come, we must depend on God. Only His power will make us effective for Him and will help us do work that has lasting value.”

  4. Needles, I see you see as I see! Love your analogy of the little foal growing into a big and strong image of her Mom. As we meditate we see how we grow into the image of God. OH MY, what a wonder!

    MG and Debi, you showed us once again by the actions of God as storied that we may be or have little but little is much when God is in it! Does this say little is smaller than we think when God is not in it? Maybe this should be our measure!

  5. We may be seven women or? But think what happens when God multiplies our footsteps. Whoa! Now that will wake you up early on Saturday morning and want to make your footsteps heard so God has a sound to multiply!!!!! Multiply so your enemies and my enemies can get on the run.

  6. Get this picture. Myriads of camels; troops as countless as the grains of the sands of the sea; surrounding like a fortress; “swarms of locusts” is the enemy confronting. Now here comes a lone little company of 300 men. THREE HUNDRED MEN defending. No weapons but trumpets and clay jars?? Pul-lee-se!! What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing! It’s Almighty God fighting for Gideon and Israel. It’s the way God works His miracle, grace-giving, merciful, creative power for His people. Great and mighty is the Lord our God. Guess who won the battle against innumerable odds? Right! GOD! When we are weak then He is strong. Why do we keep forgetting that? Praise God’s holy and inconquerable Name.

  7. Seven women? WOW! We should be able to conquer the enemy with SEVEN. Deborah and Jael did in the book of Judges. That was only TWO. We outnumber them by FIVE! That’s putting 25,000 to flight!!

  8. The little foal reminds me that we are children of God who is all powerful. In Psalm 8: 1 – 4 we read:

    1 O LORD, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
    You have set your glory
    above the heavens.
    2 From the lips of children and infants
    you have ordained praise [b]
    because of your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.

    3 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,

    4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
    the son of man that you care for him?

    The picture of the foal and horse remind me of the humbleness of children as they look to an adult for food, clothing, shelter, and love. They trust in the one who stands before them as mother and father to do good and be the example.

    The verses above is a reminder that God is the only one that truly fulfills the role model for our lives. We look around at the Earth and all he created and as the verse above states his majesty, creativity, thus with these thoughts we are brought to our knees in humbleness and thankfulness.

    In Beth Moore’s study, A Heart Like His, she says, “I don’t believe you can truly praise and worship (God) without ending up with an humbled heart.” Therefore
    we come to God like children with humbled hearts just the way the Lord wants us to come according to Matthew 18: 3-4 Then he (Jesus) said, “I tell you the truth, you must change and become like little children. Otherwise, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. The greatest person in the kingdom of heaven is the one who makes himself humble like this child.

    We need to praise the Lord often to maintain our humbleness of heart before the Lord who is all powerful, all majestic, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Then as Needles bible notes from above says: “… His power will make us effective for Him and will help us do work that has lasting value.”

  9. Have you ever read a letter like this to God: Isaiah 37:14..”When Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the Temple of the Lord. He spread the letter out before the Lord and prayed to the Lord. Lord All-Powerful, you are the God of Israel, whose throne is between the gold creatures with wings, only you are God of all the Kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth. Hear, Lord, and Listen. Open your eyes, Lord, and SEE, just listen to all the words Sennacherib has said to insult the living God….Now Lord our God, save us from the king’s power so that all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you, Lord, are the only God.”

    Oh, yeah, they were insulted and suffered but they took it up in a bold way before the throne of God. Are we going with major issues that seem beyond us and reading our letters to God and insisting He do SOMETHING to save, deliver, heal us. Heal our land!

  10. Isn’t that just like the devil, satan? He presents a long laundry list of things he’s threatening to do to us, to fill us with the fear of diseases that afflict our bodies, tragedy, death of loved ones and friends, poverty, intimidation and loss in general. But like Hezekiah, we take that laundry list to the throne of mercy and petition the Almighty as described in Isaiah and let GOD arise and our enemies be scattered!!

  11. I think Isaiah 40:28-31 is a great encouragement for weakness. Sometimes we grow tired, weary and feel we have little. To try to answer Sara’s question “Does this say little is smaller than we think when God is not in it?” If our focus is on our little or our little selves we don’t see the BIG that God can do becuse you can’t focus on two things at once (at least I can’t). But we can exchange our little for His much.
    “Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    The LORD is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
    He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
    Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
    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.”

  12. ” I yell out to my God. I yell with all my might. I yell at the top of my lungs. He listens. I found myself in trouble and went looking for my Lord. My life was an open wound that wouldn’t heal. When friends said, “everything will turn out all right” I didn’t believe a word they said.
    I’m awake all night, not a wink of sleep. i can’t even express it; what’s bothering me. I go over the days, one by one. I ponder the years I have wasted. I strum my guitar all night wondering how to get my life together.”
    I am like Hezekiah with the laundry list of horrors that my enemiy has committed against me and furthering threats of stuff he has in mind for future use. My God! Do You hear me? Have YOU left me? Have You stalked off in anger? “Have You gone out of business just when I need You?” Now what do I do? (__Ps. 77 Message)
    —to be contd.

  13. (Answer to Ps 77’s plea; a song by MG according to Ps.40.)

    He drew me up and out of an awful pit
    A pit of tumult and destruction
    He pulled me up and out of the miry clay
    He put my feet upon the solid ROCK to stay
    And He has put a song in my heart
    A song of thanks to God above
    And He has put a song in my heart
    A song of praise, a song of thanks, a song of love.

  14. In II Kings 6:13-17 there is an account of Elisha and his servant in a very weak position on a dark night. They are surrounded by the enemy’s army of horses and chariots and about to be captured. It’s easy to focus on being outnumbered by the enemy when all you can see with the natural eye is that your ‘city’ is surrounded. But the prophet Elisha did not focus on the natural. He looked with the eyes of the Spirit and then prayed that his servant would see what he saw. The gracious Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he was able to focus on the great delivering power of God’s army.

    “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
    “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
    And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. “

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