This week God showed me the difference between “BE STRONG” and “BE STRENGTHENED”.
All my life I thought I had to just do it. This is embarrassing, but here: https://rebeccalee.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/just-do-it/–clearly you should not take everything this blog says as any kind of truth. I’m a pilgrim on a journey and THAT POST was off.
From http://confluenceblog.com/terry-virgo-efm-session-4 :
The Greek text doesn’t say, “Be strong,” but “Be strengthened.” God is not telling us to be self-sufficient with self-control and personal strength. God wants us “to be strengthened in the Lord.” Don’t just try to be strong like some other heroes – receive strength from God. Passive imperative – Be (command) strengthened (passive). Psalm 46 – Relax; cease striving and know that I am God. Be strengthened – I have called you and known you and chose you and love you. Being strengthened isn’t about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. It’s about knowing God is God!
1 Samuel 30:6 – During a difficult time, David strengthened himself in God. He found security and identity in God. Before he got guidance for the next steps, he strengthened himself in the Lord. We must learn to get before God and be still and know that He is God. It’s not pretending that the river Jordan or the Jericho wall isn’t there – it’s seeing it and then finding strength in God. Romans 8:28 – we know that all things work together for good for those that love God and are called according to his purpose. We must know that the things we can’t manage, God is in charge of. You are either at the mercy of how things turn out or you are the apple of his eye.
There is a HUGE difference between finding the source in Him and just pushing through. He doesn’t look for strong people who have potential, he looks for empty people who really believe Him.
p.s. i believe that when Gideon had 300 vs. 10000, none of his guys had swords. whatttttttttttt.