Psalm 71:16 Go In God’s Strength

I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. Psalm 71:16

Going anywhere or doing anything takes some strength to be able to accomplish the desired task. For the majority of people, they go in their own strength and abilities. Very few rely upon someone else’s strength to get done what they need to do. Relying upon someone else is seen as a weakness or a fault and breaks one’s own personal pride. The world pushes that one does everything in one’s own strength.

The writer of this psalm stated that he will go in the strength of the Lord and tell of His righteousness only.

From the time a person is born, one is taught to do things in one’s own ability. Self strength and abilities are promoted as good and needed. As one gets older, one is filled with shame when one cannot accomplish a task without help. It is seen as a weakness or a failure.

Believers have become believers from the moment they realize that they cannot save themselves and choose to put their trust in the work of Jesus. on the cross. This is the beginning of reliance upon God for strength.

Once one has become a believer, that one must be willing to do out and do the work of God here on this earth. Every believer must be His witness and work at building His kingdom each and every day. Doing this work takes strength to accomplish, a strength that one does not have in self alone.

Instead of relying upon one’s own personal strength, one must rely upon God’s strength and go out and do is work in His strength and abilities provided by His Holy Spirit.

God has a job for you to do in building His kingdom. He does not expect you to do it completely on your own and in your own abilities and strength, but to go in His strength. Without God’s strength, you will fail and fall under the pressure of this fallen world. He can help you keep going when the enemy attacks and tries to wear you down and keep you from building His kingdom. Allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you and give you all the needed strength from day to day as you work to build His kingdom and be His witness.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the strength God has for you; that you will rely upon God’s strength and abilities in your life; and that you will be His witness everywhere you go.

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Psalm 28:5 Don’t Be Destroyed

Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them and not build them up. Psalm 28:5

Going through the busyness of day to day living, many people often do not recognize things that are right in front of them. They do not see little things that friends, or family are doing that can mean a lot. Or they are so focused on their own personal priorities that they miss out on the bigger picture of what is going on. Important things are often ignored.

David is asking God to rescue him from his enemies and points out that they will be destroyed because they have no regard for the works God is doing.

The world is focused upon self and do not believe in God, nor see what He is doing. Any time God does something, the world gives credit to good or bad luck, to themselves or to others, but never to God. In their mind God does not exist and so they have no place for the works He is doing.

Rejecting what God is doing will also mean that one rejects the work of Jesus upon the cross. It is rejecting the very means of salvation that every person needs. In the end, the one who disregards God’s work will be punished in hell for eternity.

Believers have at a minimum believed in the work of God through Jesus on the cross. However, many in the church reject or do not see God working in other areas, thus rejecting the work of Jesus. He is working in the sunshine and rain, the material things not wearing out, the peace that passes understanding, the change of hearts and much more in the lives of every believer.

The eyes of and hearts of believers need to be open to seeing what God is doing.

God has already done a work in your life, if you consider yourself and believer in Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be so focused on self and the here and now that you miss what other great things God is doing. Don’t let your heart become calloused and reject what God is doing in your life. Don’t be destroyed in rejecting God’s work.

He wants to do great things in your life, but you must be willing to see them and give Him praise.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to seeing what He is doing; that you will not reject the work of God around you; and that God will be able to build you up and not destroy you.

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Numbers 8:5 Set Apart And Clean

Take the Levites from among all the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean. Numbers 8:5

Not every person can do every job that there is. People have to be set apart for specific jobs. This is often determined by skills and training or education.

Along with all of this, some jobs require a level of cleanness above the normal being clean. Surgeons must scrub themselves spotlessly clean prior to doing their work. If one does not have the required skills or is not clean, he will not be allowed to do the work.

God told Moses to take the Levites from among the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.

During the time of Moses, one had to be set apart and then go through a physical ritual to be cleaned before God in order to do the work of God in the tabernacle. It was a process that looked forward to the time of Jesus and what believers would have to do.

Every person who is a believer in Jesus is also a worker of God in His church. The first thing that occurs is a person is set apart from the world, becoming a believer. Instead of going through a ritual today, one must repent of his sins and believe in the work of Jesus to remove those sins and make him clean, not just ceremonially clean, before God.

At this point the believer is set apart from the world. He is no longer following the sinful ways of the world, but God’s holy and righteous ways.

According to the world, he will look strange and different. He becomes a stranger in this world, just passing through, heading to a new place in heaven for eternity. At this point, one is ready to do the full work of God on this planet.

God has a work for you to do. In order to be ready to do it, you must be set apart and made clean before God.

Choose today to believe in the work of Jesus upon the cross. Repent of your sins and allow Jesus to make you pure and holy, setting you apart from the world. Obey the commands of God that will give you eternal life, rather than the sinful ways of this world that will bring only death.

Now go out and do the work of God building His kingdom here on earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be set apart for the work of God; that you will be separated from the sin of this world; that you will be clean and holy before God and man; and that God will guide you in building His kingdom each day.