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Be Strong and Take Courage

Joab, the commander of the army of Israel under King David, in the midst of a battle against the Syrians and Ammonites, saw that the battle line was against them both before and behind. In this dire circumstance, he declared to his army, “Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.” (1 Chronicles 19:13)

Though their enemies were in the front of them and behind them, Joab knew that if they would just take courage and be strong, God would give them the victory, and God did! 

Each one of us, as soldiers in the army of God, are in a battle against the spiritual powers of darkness.
Amid the battle against the spiritual powers of darkness, when the prophet Jeremiah saw the wicked prospering, he poured out his complaint before the Lord, and the Lord's answer was, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5) The Lord was telling Jeremiah that much more was yet to come! If he was struggling then in the current situation, how would he endure what was still to come?!

In the heat of the battle with the enemy prospering on every side, it is easy to lose heart and be tempted to retreat. The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10, “Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” 

We are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might as we spend time with Him. As we spend time in God’s presence, we receive an impartation of divine inner strength. With that divine inner strength, we will not lose heart or fall back in the heat of the battle. With that divine inner strength, our eyes will not be on the circumstances but rather fixed on the Lord. With that inner divine strength, we will stand courageous and strong in the heat of the battle.

Years ago from the pulpits of America the importance of spending time daily, morning and evening, seeking the Lord was frequently preached. The importance of intimacy with Christ was preached, yet as the busyness of life crept in that message fell by the wayside. 

The powers of darkness know that if God's people spend time daily seeking the presence of God they will be strong and courageous in the battle and he will be defeated. It is vital that we spend time daily seeking God's presence! 

We do not know what tomorrow holds for our nation, for us, or for the church of Jesus Christ; but we know Who holds the nation and the church! We are told to be  courageous  andstrongas we faithfully fight in the war between light and darkness, and God will surely prevail! 

Though the battle is intense and it is raging  our strength is in God, andour victory is sure

Spend time daily in prayer and receive the divine inner strength for the battle.Be strong and take courage for the sake of our nation and the church of Jesus Christ!
The 1857 Revival
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