Strengthen yourself in the Lord.
How many of you good use a good renewing?
Today is a day of being renewed and strengthened in Christ.
We are continuing to strengthen ourselves in the Lord.
Tell the story of David and upbringing and time line all the way up to the point of being alone and strengthening himself in the Lord.
age 10-13 David is rejected by his dad and brothers and then picked to be anointed by God
ages 10-15 David keeps sheep and kills a bear and lion with the hands of God.
ages 15-17 David is rejected by his brothers yet again, and then kills Goliath with the hands of God.
ages 13-25 David serves Saul with music and sward, and gets kicked out for it.
ages 25-30 David hides from Saul for his life.
The people who help him are killed by Saul.
age 35 David is at the end of his rope.
He has nothing left and he turns to God.
Saul dies and David gets what was stolen back and becomes king.
Strengthen yourself in the Lord is most often thought in way of declaring what is not seen yet.
Thanking God even when you don’t feel like it.
Declaring Scriptures and God’s word over your life.
Praying in tongs.....
A Millennial view:
No faking it so no faking it until you make it.
Not sure about this strengthen yourself idea except for get educated and work out.
Saying what you feel out loud.
Waiting for God to show up first
If it is real, He will strengthen you.
Bible references of strengthen in the Lord.
Head knowledge does not bring strength.
Wisdom of men does not bring strength.
Understanding your pain and where it comes from does not bring strength.
Blaming does not bring strength.
Getting revenge or taking out your anger does not bring strength.
Many of the kings who fell way short in the old testament were followed by a phrase, “They strengthen themselves”.
Counted their army
Counted their own ability.
Most of the Psalms of David start with a heart cry and sometimes even anger.
They move on to thanks and then declaration.
Most precious to David was, don’t take Your Spirit from me or let me live in Your house all my days.
“You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.”
“Bring my soul out of prison, So that I may give thanks to Your name; The righteous will surround me, For you will deal bountifully with me.”
Solomon = peace
Jedidiah = beloved of jehovah
Love by Father.
Strengthening yourself in the Lord looks like:
Be honest with what you are feeling and seeing.
Give thanks to God.
Move to what your Spirit knows to be true.
Declare with boldness and confidence of Him with you.
Show by examples:
Pray for the church and this family by strengthening ourselves in the Lord.
I saw a vision:
It is time to come out of hiding.
Father (Love) is singing this song over you today.
Say what you are feeling and seeing.
Now say what you are thankful for.
Declare what He has told you.
1035 BC: David is likely born in Bethlehem between
1040 and 1030 BC. 1030 BC: Jonathan is a mighty warrior of whom his own father is jealous (1Sam 13-14).
He is fiercely and loyally defended by his men against Saul’s intent to kill him.
1025 BC: David is anointed by Samuel (1Sam 16) at age 10-13 - which Saul undoubtedly hears about, later choosing to keep David nearby for observation and ready dispatch.
1023 BC: David, bar-mizvah’d, serves Saul in an ad hoc musical capacity (1Sam 16:17, “provide me a man”).
He returns to his father's house to tend sheep, but comes to Saul when needed – (1Sam 17:15).
1020 BC: David defeats Goliath probably at 15-17 years of age (1Sam 17) 1020 BC: Jonathan, who is much older than David, becomes one in spirit with him (1Sam 18:1).
1015 BC: Because of his reputation he was appointed armor-bearer to Saul (1Sam 16:21 - it may be mentioned in chap.
16, but the actual event is probably later – i.e. "he [later] became…").
1010 BC: Saul banishes David from his court, yet he makes him commander of a thousand (1Sam 18:13).
Maybe he hopes David will die in battle.
David is perhaps 25 years old.
1008 BC: His success as a warrior has made Saul offer him the hand of his daughter Michal “as a snare.”
Michal marries him, and she loves him (1Sam 18:27-28).
1007 BC: At Jonathan's warning (and Michal’s), David flees from Saul to Samuel at Ramah (1Sam 19).
Michal remains behind with Saul.
An evil spirit caused Saul to pursue David, but he is stopped by the Spirit of God at Ramah.
1006 BC: David and Jonathan covenant together at Ramah (1Sam 20) .
1006 BC: David flees to Nob and is helped by Ahimelech the priest (1Sam 21).
He gives David the consecrated bread, and the sword of Goliath.
Doeg the Edomite is present.
1006 BC: David flees to Achish, king of the Philistine city of Gath, the first time (1Sam 21:10).
He feigns madness to protect himself and his men, and he is expelled.
1005 BC: David hides at the Cave at Adullam (1Sam 22:1-5) where he is joined by 30 chiefs.
Three enter the camp of the Philistines to get David an off-handed request for a drink of water (1Chr.
His father’s household joins him there.
1005 BC: David takes his parents to Mizpah of Moab leaving them with the king (1Sam 22:3-4)
1005 BC: Doeg the Edomite, at Saul’s command, kills Ahimelech the priest who helped David and his men.
He also kills 85 priests and everyone at Nob for helping David.
Abiathar, the son of the priest flees to David with the ephod (1Sam 22:6-23).
1005 BC: David liberates Keilah from the Philistines (1Sam 23:6).