With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. Psalm 18:29
Going through life, everyone faces some walls in their lives. Some of these walls are self built, while others are built by other people or situations.
These walls can be relational, physical, emotional or some other wall. Walls that are emotional are very common. People are angry with someone or has someone angry at them and it breaks the relationship.
Inventors and dreamers run into walls all the time. They want to accomplish something, but hit a wall preventing them or slowing them down.
When a person hits a wall there is three things that he can do. Stop and change directions. God around the wall. Or scale and go over the wall. Most people stop and change directions, giving up what they wanted to do.
David knew that with God’s help, there was nothing he could not do. He could go against a whole troop of enemy or he could scale a wall that was in front of him.
Even in the life of a believer, one will come across walls in his life. Going up against a wall is a common thing. It is not a one time event, but occurs on a regular basis. Some walls are small, while others are massive great walls, like the Great Wall Of China. These walls become a problem for the person to overcome.
However, unlike the world, the believer has God to give him assistance. God is there to help him get over the wall and keep moving forward in His plan.
God has strength and abilities that go beyond anything any person could ever have or even dream about. Sometimes God will move the wall, as He did with Joshua, but often He will help the person scale it and get over the top.
You may have some walls in your life that are trying to slow you down or stop you. You have a choice as to what you will do, give up or keep moving forward. In yourself, you may not be able to ever climb that wall and get to the other side, but with God it is possible.
God can guide your steps to get over that wall. He can give you strength to be able to pull yourself up as you climb that wall.
Trust in God for your strength and guidance. You can get over that wall in front of you, not by yourself, but with His help.
I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will rely upon God’s strength; that God will guide you over a wall in your life; and that God will guide you on your journey through this life.
Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook? Job 41:1-2
Being independent and able to do things is what most people want to be able to do. Children are constantly told that they can do whatever their heart wants to do, that they can be whatever they want to be. This can happen with hard work and dedication.
As people grow up being taught this, most people feel as if they do not need anyone else’s help, that they are completely independent of others, able to do it themselves. While being able to do things is true, it is not true that man can do anything and everything. Nor is it true that man is completely independent of anyone else.
As God is speaking to Job, He asks Job about the Leviathan. He wants to know if Job can hold the Leviathan down. Later in this chapter God gives a great description of the power and abilities of the Leviathan and wants to know if Job can control it. It is implied that Job cannot control it, but that God can.
There are limits to what man can do on his own. In reality man cannot do anything without God. It is God who gave the breath of life into each and every person on this earth. It is God who sustains all life on this earth.
Without God’s help, man could not survive at all. This means God is the one in complete control. Knowing this, every believer must release control to God and trust God in any and every situation that occurs in his life. This includes the ‘bad’ situations in life, as well as the good ones.
You may be able to do many things in this life. You may have a successful career and a great family, but there is still a limit to what you can do. And what you have done, has been done with the abilities God has given you.
Just as it takes Jesus to remove sins out of your life, it takes God and His power to do anything in this life. He is the One who had created you and is the One who will sustain you.
Allow God to be in control and trust Him through every situation in your life. He can control the Leviathan in your life.
I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will give God complete authority over your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that you will not try to be in control of your whole life.
The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ Judges 7:2
When a person does something, he usually automatically thinks that he did it himself, with no other help. People often forget those that had helped them get to where they are at and believe that they did it in their own strength and power.
The Israelites had been under control of the Midianites for a time. After crying out to God, He decided to raise up Gideon to destroy the Midianites. Gideon had brought together a large army, that was large enough to fight back at the Midianites. God immediately said that he had too many men to fight. If they fought and won, the Israelites would think that they did it themselves without the help of God. They would then go back to following false idols rather than God.
Although people forget about other people who have helped them get to where they are, there are very few who remember God’s help in the situation. Since God is unseen, they often do not give Him the credit He deserves.
Ultimately there is nothing that a person can do without the help of God. A person cannot even breath or move without God’s favor. A person cannot even be born without the hand of God in it.
It is easy to think that self did it, when God is unseen, but God is still there. Every believer must keep His focus on God and God’s abilities, not the abilities of self. Everything that a believer can do, is done only because God gave that ability.
He must not allow pride to come in thinking that he did it all by himself.
There will come times when you appear to accomplish some great task. Be careful to give God the credit for what was done, rather than take it on yourself. God is the One who is to be in control of your whole life, not you.
When others honor you with a great work done, turn the honor over to God and tell others that it is by His grace and power you did what you did. Do not allow pride to destroy you or turn you away from trusting God with everything in your life.
Let God be the One in control with the power.
I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not try to do things without God; that you will allow God to work through you, using you; and that you will allow God to remove all pride in your life.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
Every person in the world needs something in order to live life. They need food, water, shelter, and clothing in order to live on this earth. While many have all of these things, there are many who do not have most of these things. Look in every major city in the world and people will be seen without shelter, food or clothing.
Most of the world thinks that they need more than what they have. They feel as if they do not have enough.
This type of feeling has bled over into the church. People feel as if they need more in order to survive or make it. Although this is often seen as needing just physical things, it also means more to live a godly, holy life for God. Many believers feel as though they cannot really live the godly life as Jesus lived His life.
Peter tells the believers that God has used His divine power to give believers everything they need to live a godly life. This great power can be found in the knowledge of God the Father and in Jesus.
Knowing God’s great love towards the believer can help him be motivated to live a holy life for God and to love others. Knowing how Jesus removed all sins can keep him from going back into sin. Knowing how Jesus stayed away from temptation, can strengthen the believer to flee temptation. Knowing God’s mercy can help a believer to have mercy towards others.
Many people say that they really cannot live a holy life, yet, everything that a believer needs to live that Holy life is provided in knowing God and His word.
Seek to know God and His word more. He will give you what you need to live for Him. He did not call you to live a holy life, and then leave you on your own. God wants you to succeed in this.
Be willing to take the power God has given you and live the holy life God called you to live. Jesus removed the sin, now live like it has been removed and be holy as He has made you holy unto God. You have everything you need.
I pray today that you will know what God offers you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know His power in your life; that you will live a holy life for God in this dark world; and that you will be a holy witness for Jesus everyday.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
Being strong is something that the world believes in. All over the world there are many men and women who work out in a gym on a regular basis to build their strength. People love to see a person who is physically very strong. They feel that a strong person is able to do anything and everything.
Children are told to be strong and stand up for what they believe and to take a stand against bullies. People are told to stand up against wrong against them. Thousands will march in a stand of strength for their rights or for someone else’s rights.
Everyone is told that they can make it if they try. One can be and do anything that he wants, because he is a strong person.
People love to see people who are strong and can stand up against someone who is bad or in the wrong.
Paul believes that a person can be strong also, but not in his own physical power or abilities. He states that the believer is to be strong in the Lord. The believer is to find his strength in God, not his own personal physical abilities.
A person can be the strongest person in the world physically, but be an extremely weak as a person spiritually. He can still be dead in his own sins as he is the strongest person according to this world.
Real strength is not seen in physical strength, but in seen in the character of the person. A non-believer will always fall short in character, regardless of the good he does, because he does not follow God and lives to sin.
The believer relies upon the salvation and forgiveness Jesus provides. He will rely up the Word of God to show him the truth. He will rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to guide and work through him. He is being strong in the Lord, not in himself.
Each day you must find your strength. If you are looking for it in the same way the world does, you are weak and will fail. Find your strength in God. Jesus showed the ultimate strength by laying down His life on the cross to take away the sins of the world.
Be strong spiritually so that you can fight the spiritual darkness and sin in this world.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has given you; that you will know the strength God can give you; that you will rely upon the strength and power of God; and that God will reveal His power in your life.