A Handy “power tool” to pull out at a moment’s notice when there is a “hint of its need.
But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NKJ)
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Father God, I receive all that you have for me today. Help me Lord, to turn quickly at any instance, to claim your strength and power and glory over all creation. Keep me to thine word and make me ever present before you as a living sacrifice. Wash me what as snow and remind me on a constant basis to turn to you in all things. I receive you. I receive your next word. Pour out to your servant. I wait upon you, Lord Jesus and I give you all the glory and honor. Amen.
Help me, 0 LORD my God; save me in accordance with your love. (Psalm 109:26)
I, even I, am he who comforts you. (Isaiah 51:12)
...you just found out a dear friend was in a fatal car accident
Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. (Psalm 71:2)
For I am the LORD, your God, who See also: takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)
...your son just got totaled the family vehicle
Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. (Psalm 25:20)
...you just got transferred to another state and your spouse loves his/her job here
When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, 0 LORD, supported me. (Psalm 94:18)
...your mom announced she has breast cancer
Be pleased, 0 LORD, to save me; 0 LORD, come quickly to help me. (Psalm 40:13)
...you client just went bankrupt before paying his bill
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 63:7)
...you've just been hit with a monster bill for the car repair that you didn't plan on
Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. (Psalm 142:6)
I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)
Rise up and help us; redeem us because of your unfailing love. (Psalm 44:26)
My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. (Psalm 25:15)
Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. (Psalm 60:5)
You are my help and my deliverer; 0 my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:17)
May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. (Psalm 20:1)
When I was in great need, he saved me. (Psalm 116:6)
I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me. (Psalm 118:13)
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them -
...you don't have enough to pay the mortgage this week.
Come quickly to help me, 0 Lord my Savior. (Psalm 38:22)
...your neighbor just cut down your rose bush
You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. (Isaiah 64:5)
...your back just went out and someone has to make dinner
I lift up my eyes to the hills -
...the boss dumped that huge work assignment on you and your spouse wanted to get away for your anniversary
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)
...your teenage daughter comes home and announces that she's pregnant,
Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, 0 God. Do not forget the helpless. (Psalm 10:12)
...your wife/ husband says he's just lost his job
The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials. (2 Peter 2:9)
Ask any war veteran, what they were taught to do when they heard that yell, and they will all tell you that this meant to take cover, expecting mortar shells to fall about their heads at any minute. They called this “IDF” or “indirect fire. Indirect fire means that the projectile does not follow the line of sight to the target, while direct fire means that the projectile follows the line of sight to the target.
I don't care WHAT type of fire it is, anything coming my way against my agenda, my schedule, my feelings of “fair play” or what I think should be, directly or indirectly, can really mess with me and it's as if the rug flew out from underneath me. I can be “down for the count” fast. I sometimes even think that had there been anyone yelling; “INCOMING!”, before such situations arose, I might have been able to duck, or prepare myself some how like sit down, so that the push to the ground isn't so painful.
I'm speaking metaphysically, of course, but you get the idea. I'm slowly learning to quickly turn to the Lord at the first sign of an emergency, before things get out of hand, so that I can gain strength and wisdom, encouragement and His truth BEFORE I let my mind go down the dangerous paths it so wants to go at times.
I must have a head made of solid steel though, because no matter how many times I learn this lesson, I still forget to “stop and drop” fast enough! WHAT IS THAT?! Attacks come in such different ways and forms that just when I think I have a particular one covered, “whamo!”, it comes from a totally different source that I was not prepared for, and I'm back there on the ground again! Can you identify?
Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. (Romans 12:17)
How many times have you felt the deep sting in the words of another? How about the hopeless feeling after loosing a job, not only wondering where the money was going to come in to pay the bills or feed your family but how about the thoughts that the enemy can bring about your very worth? It's so easy to want to fight back when attacked but that is the very thing we are called to NOT do.
Don't seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God's wrath. For it is
written, "Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord." Therefore "If your
enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you
will heap coals of fire on his head." Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil
with good. (Romans 12:19-
So if all vengeance is the Lords, then He is big enough to take care of whatever comes against you from others, right? It doesn't appear that He needs your help, so you can pretty much get out of the way, right? And look!
God actually wants us to FEED our enemies, to do right and be kind because that good will overcome their evil. Well, that's another topic that we should discuss in depth later but I do believe that you may be surprised at the other person's reaction should you return his wicked word or action with a blessing! It is actually quite healing for yourself but then again, most of us are too wounded to respond. There will be a time when you are strengthened enough in the Lord to be able to do that but our main focus now is to not react negatively, right?
Ok, then what about defending ourselves? This is SUCH a natural reaction, especially if you've felt like you've had to fight and scratch for what you've received in life. Are we not even allowed to do that? Well, first of all, if you are walking tight enough with the Lord to not move an inch out of the path He has laid before you, why SHOULD you defend yourself, if you are doing what is right in the Lord's eyes?
Nehemiah 4 addresses the building of the wall against the enemy: “with a brick in one hand and a spear in the other”. It's a word picture on how we build up in the Lord, build that wall against the enemy and use tools he gives us when attacked, and then HE will fight for us. (“Recognize the enemy and build your defense” is a good article to start with) Our main concern right NOW is what our first response should be when things happen. What do we do NOW? What is our first line of defense, our first EMERGENCY RESPONSE?
Our FIRST RESPONSE at the least hint of trouble, stress, anxiety, anger or despair needs to be to “hit the dirt”. Before we say or do anything, we need to get on our knees, even if we just cry out “JESUS” in our mind (like when in a crowded boardroom and going to your knees may cause someone to dial 911).
Our first response on anything needs to be turned to the Lord, either seeking His guidance and wisdom or calling out for His strength and courage. We are even going to need to do this to seek immediate comfort when tragedy hits because no one on this planet can give you what He can. It will always fall short.
Sometimes our first thoughts are to call a friend, some human being whom we know will be there with us in dark times or it may be our best friend who holds court at our “crab table” when we complain about our job or our kids or other situations that seem to push through our life on a daily basis. Who do YOU run to at the first sign of trouble?
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)
NO MATTER WHAT the issue is, our FIRST response is to drop to your knees and call out to the Lord. Remember His promises to not leave you or forsake you. Stand on His word and use these to declare what you want.
ASK and it will be given to you. (“Ask, Ask, ASK!”) Taken inventory on what you need and ask! If you need strength – ask! If you need courage for something – ASK. If you need strength and comfort – ASK. Claim His Promises and read them over until they become part of your vocabulary. As you recount the Lord's word up to Him, it reaffirms your faith and stance where true power is, and then releases that power into your life as you stand firm on truth.