But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:17-18 (NIV)
Standing By You
I’m standing by you. You are not alone in this life. You can rely on me. I will rescue you and help you through the trials that you will face in life. I will make you able to serve me and bring glory to my name. At the end of your life you will come to live forever in heaven with me. I am so glad to hear these words of encouragement from you. So often I feel so weak and feeble and unable to do what you have asked me to do for you. That is exactly as it should be. What do you mean by that? You will never be able to accomplish all that I ask you without my help. If you seem to be able to do all that I have asked you without relying on me something is terribly wrong. Like what? You tell me. My guess is that I have not been doing all that you have asked of me. You got that right. As you rely on me you will accomplish what you could never do on your own. You will be amazed at what I will do in and through you. Others will also know that I have worked in and through your life. In that way you will bring glory to my name. What you do with your own strength will be weak and feeble and will not bring glory to my name. Do you understand what I am saying to you? Yes Lord, I do.
How can I rely on you? How will I know if I have relied on myself or if I have relied on you? How can I know that you are standing by me in every trial in life? Live in a close and intimate relationship with me. Ask me for my help. Ask me for exactly what you need. Keep on talking to me. Keep on listening to me speaking to you. If you don’t ask me for help you are relying on yourself. As you keep on talking to me and listening to me you will know that I am with you and standing right beside you. Isn’t this easy enough for you to understand? Yes Lord, I understand.
Don’t think that you won’t go through suffering in life. Don’t expect that you will feel no pain. I suffered. I felt pain. You will know that I am standing by you in all the pain and suffering in life. You will be encouraged to know that life is short and that one day very soon you will come to live forever with me in my heavenly kingdom. Does knowing this encourage and strengthen you? Yes, Lord it does.
Lord, thank you for standing by me and giving me strength. You have rescued me and helped me through every trial. I look forward to the day when I will come to live forever in your heavenly kingdom. Help me now to serve you and bring glory to your name. Amen
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