Word: Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10b
Thought: What brings us joy and where does our happiness and strength come from? Is it from our worldly possessions and positions or is it from doing the will of God in our lives? Jesus was extremely happy and joyous to do the will of His father, Paul counted it all joy to do the good work God had set for him which was his strength. We feel weak when our joy comes from the things of the world, but when we consider it nothing and take upon His burden (which is light) which brings joy to Him we will be made strong through Him. Christ was able to endure difficulties in His stint on earth, before of the strength to do what was counted ‘Joy of the Lord’. Here, when the people heard they were poor in the spirit, they grieved, but it was the joy the Lord which made them strong and rejoice in the Lord. When we feel down and low and with a contrite heart come to the feet of the Lord, he is in control and when we be and do in accordance to His will (his joy), then it is counted as strength to us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to count it all joy in things which you rejoice in and we are able to bank on the good works you have in store for us, that we will be able to strong in you and be a testimony for you. Amen.
Word: “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord,“Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit,That they may add sin to sin; Who walk to go down to Egypt,And have not asked My advice,To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh,And to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Isaiah 30:1,2
Thought: Due to the enormous knowledge we gain from many other sources than the true pure word of God, we tend to move to Egypt and try to live in the Strength of the pharoah. We devise strategies and great plans with masterminds and the counsel of mighty men, but forget to seek the advice of God in our ways. It might be in our secular world, family or ministry, we should always listen to God who is best counselor and greatest adviser of all times and all situations. When we tend to rely on strengths of people, we move away from the path of God and fall to sin our trust is the Lord shifts to trust on people and we are deceived. We should be very careful in our walk in all walks of our life to walk with him in all our ways and listen to his plans, else we fall to strategic plans which are not from the spirit, but according to the flesh which causes us to sin and move away from him. Wait on the Lord, get the plans devised by him and have him as your strength and receive the counsel from the spirit which will lead you according to the will of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord. help me today to walk in your way and to have you as my strength in everything and let my strength not rely on the people of the world. Let your spirit advice me on the path I should take and counsel me on the way I should go. Amen.