During the recent Olympics the athletes were called on just use their on strength. In our spiritual lives it is just the opposite, we are urged to lean on God for our strength.

The Israelites
Exodus 15:1-3. God was the power and strength that allowed them to receive their freedom and they praised God for this.
Exodus 19:4. God acknowledged his role in giving the people freedom.
2 Sam. 22:29-40. David declared that God was the one who gave him strength and comfort. David gave praise for all God did for him. God was the power in David’s life.
Psalm 18:1-3. David’s reaction to all God did for him was love, honor, and praise.
Can we recognize God and His strength in our lives today?
Isaiah 40:27-31. God gives strength to the weary. He does not grow tired.
We can give out, but God does not. Do we have the faith to lean on God?
Isaiah 41:10. God promises He will be with us. Do we have the desire to love and serve a God who will sustain us?

Paul
Saul of Tarsus believed in God, the God of the Israelites. He was persecuting Christians.
Acts 9:17-22. Paul was baptized after his encounter with Jesus. God’s strength changed Paul’s life. Paul was like the athletes; he was relying on his on strength. Once he encounters Jesus, he began to rely on God. God began to strengthen Paul thru the relationships, the Holy Spirit, and the word.
1Cor. 15:10. Paul gave credit to God for his strength.
2 Cor. 3:5-6. God gave the strength to preach and spread the gospel.
Phil. 4:13. Paul learned to lean on God’s power and strength and gave the credit to Him.
1 Tim. 1:12-17. Jesus gave mercy to Paul and gave him the strength to accomplish his mission for God.
2 Tim. 4:17-18. Paul said that the Lord would always see him through.
The Bible promises that God will be with us throughout our lives.
Christians
Col. 1:9-11.The power is available to all Christians. We can pray for all to have God’s strength to see us through our troubled times.
Eph. 3:14-16.; 6:10-18. These are verses about how to take on the strength of God
John 15:5. We need Jesus to access the strength of the Lord.

-—Robert Lee, 8-29-04, p.m.

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