Isaiah 41:10… “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (KJV). The Lord says, “I will strengthen you.” Especially when you are going through a breakdown experience–you do not know where to turn to for some help, you feel drained, you are going through an agony of defeat trial, you feel abandoned, you are being assaulted daily with pressure, or you are exhausted–God says, “Fear not. I will strengthen you.” The word “strengthen” means “to be mentally encouraged, to be strong-minded, to be alert, and to be invigorated within.” God comes with supernatural assistance. Strength and courage flow into your spirit. Psalm 20:2 tell us that strength comes out of Zion. That strength supports you in your hour of need; it refreshes your spirit. Psalm 27:14 tells us that the Lord will strengthen your heart, and in Psalm 119:28, King David said that his soul was melting with heaviness and he expected a word from God to strengthen him. The word “strengthen” as used here means “to cause one to rise again.” Luke 22:43 tells how angels came to Jesus and strengthened Him in the garden when He was in agony. The word “agony” means “a great struggle, a fight within the spirit, or with distress.” Angels came and invigorated Jesus. In Ephesians 3:16, Paul writes of how he prayed that you might be strengthened in the inner man with the Spirit of might.
Many of you reading this short message need an impartation of strength. The Lord wants to invigorate you and you need His touch right now. Cry out, “Jesus, I need you now.” And then, lift up your hands and praise Him.
YOUR OLD PHOTO…
Ephesians 2:1-6… “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (KJV).
Paul is saying, “Hey, look at this. This is what you looked like.”
Back then, you walked like the world walked.
Back then, you were under the world’s influence.
Back then, you followed the spirit of the age.
Back then, it was a rebellious period.
Back then, you followed whatever the world was giving approval to.
Paul also says, “But this is not what you look like today. You are redeemed. You do not look like that old photo anymore.”
Pastor George Belobaba
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