RESOLUTE FOR GOD
Psalm 42:6, “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defence; I shall not be moved.” (Psalm 15:1-5; 16:8; 62:2; Acts 2:25; 20:24)
I WILL PRAISE THE LORD!
Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
(Psalm 9:1-2; 16:7; 30:1,12; 31:7; 52:9; 54:6; 55: 16,17; 56:12; 63:4; 71:14; 86:12;109:30;111:1; 118:21,28; 138:1;139:14; 145:1-2)
Psalm 69:30, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”
Psalm 57:9, “I will praise you, O Lord, I will sing to you.”
(Psalm 7:17; 59:16,17; 71:16; 75:9; 89:1; 104:33; 108:1; 144:9; 146:1-2; 13:6; 28:7)
Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.”
It’s easy to praise the Lord when everything is going fine, isn’t it? It’s not so easy when everything is going wrong. But God wants us to bless him at all times, when things are good and when things are bad! I am sure that David didn’t feel like praising the Lord when he was in the pit of despair, as he often was. But no matter what he was going through, he continually acknowledged, “I will praise the Lord at all times.” “I will…” he confessed. No matter what, he still praised the blessed the Lord.
When we say, “I will”, is it just the work of the flesh? No. The Holy Spirit who lives within us can work with a resolute will that is set for God and His purposes. If our will is weak, we will give in to the pressures and temptations of the devil and the Holy Spirit has a harder time keeping us hot for God. I love the quote by Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910):
“In such a world as this, with such hearts as ours, weakness is wickedness in the long run. Whoever lets himself be shaped and guided by any thing lower than an inflexible will, fixed in obedience to God, will in the end be shaped into a deformity, and guided to wreck and ruin.”
I WILL WALK IN INTEGRITY!
Job 27:5, “Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.”
Psalm 26:1,11, “But as for me, I will walk in my integrity.”
Psalm 86:11, “I will walk in your truth.”
Proverbs 20:7, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed afar him.”
There are constant opportunities to slightly deceive or tell half truths. Make it your confession that you will always use integrity and do that which is right, even though no one else may know.
I WILL WALK IN THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD!
Psalm 71:16, “I will go in the strength of the Lord God.”
1 Samuel 17:45, “Then said David to the Philistine… I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”
2 Chronicles 14:11, “Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them hat have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.”
Many times we go in our own strength, and don’t realize it. Get into the habit of walking in God’s strength. Confess it. Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.
I WILL LOOK UP!
Psalm 5:3, “I will look up.”
What a wonderful confession of the sweet Psalmist of Israel. Make this your daily affirmation, too. Start the day by looking up to the Lord. Keep your eyes fixed on Him. It is easy to be discouraged when you look at your difficulties. It is easy to be overwhelmed when you look at all you have to face. But when you look up, something happens. Your burdens lighten. Your tress turns to peace. Your churned up stomach turns to rest. Every time you face something that causes you to be distressed, immediately confess, “I will look up.” Make it the habit of your life.
I WILL ENDURE TO THE END!
Matthew 24:13, “He that endures to the end shall be saved.”
2 Timothy 4:5, “Endure afflictions.”
James 12:12, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
James 5:12, “Behold, we count them happy which endure.”
It’s the end of the race that counts. When everything seems too hard, make your affirmation, “I will endure to the end.”
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
Lord, I look up to you. I praise you. I trust in your promises. You are my source, I do not trust in my own resources but in your unfailing strength. Thank you Lord. I will walk in your strength. Amen.”
I will not be moved by trials.
I will not be moved by doubt.
I will not be moved by those who would steer
me away from God’s ultimate truth!
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