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God Help Me To Balance My Life: Part 3

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Part 3 of 5: Inner Strength Supports Our Balance.

Life is always trying to throw us off balance.  The enemy is not playing fair, and when we don’t own our power and our strength, the enemy will control our balance.

Why? When our stability is outsourced to people — the enemy is going to use people to keep us off balance.  Your joy, strength and peace cannot be in somebody else’s pocket.

We all need somebody, or will, at some time or another but we have to be careful about connecting our self-love, self-respect and self-esteem to people. When people own us, the enemy controls our emotions, thoughts and even our our view of our self. When our balance is based on everybody else being balanced, in their right mind, available or supportive of us — we will constantly be off balance. People can empower us but they are not our source of power, strength or balance.

In the bible, David reminds us that even when people turn against you, or run off and leave you, you have to be able to strengthen yourself: “David was up against folks that turned on him: “Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God” (1 Samuel 30:6).

In effect, David said, “My strength comes from within me, not from people.”  When life happens or people happen, we have to be just as good at going inside as we are at going outside for strength. People need people, and we are not created to be alone or isolated, but we cannot outsource our power or ability to strengthen ourselves to people.

Imagine a seesaw. Now now imagine if our balance was based on other people giving us or doing for us what only God can do. Many of us have been in this situation.

The bible said, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped…” (Psalm 28:7). Talk to you. Empower yourself to encourage yourself — if nobody else does, can or will.

Own your power — you are not somebody’s opinion and you do not have to wait on somebody to turn on your joy.  Your balance depends on your strength to strengthen you with the strength of God. The enemy is horrified when you stand up in your power to strengthen you — “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

God is working in your life right now to open doors for your next level, and position you for your redo. To go up, you have to speak up and strengthen yourself.  The experience you’re going through, the reason they abandoned you, the reason your back is up against the wall is not to punish you, it’s to strengthen your voice and to remind you that, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.”

Share and be blessed.

Pastor Patrick

 

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