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ARE YOU WEARY? – The Lord Is My Strength

NoInk   |   23 June 2020


Be Strong In Lord

PAGOD KA NA BA?

In this season of uncertainties, it’s not surprising at all when we see people getting tired about their jobs, school, business, economy, personal lives, everything. It feels like walang nangyayaring tama kahit gustuhin mong maging maayos ang lahat, and because of this ay nawawalan ka na ng lakas to get up in the morning ng may positive outlook in life. Suddenly… You’re feeling weary about all this battle you have to fight with every day.

Believe it or not, we feel you, my friend. Trust us when we say, you’re not alone in this.

Pero…it doesn’t mean na it’s fine to stay in that exhausting bubble of yours kahit alam mo ng may nakakaintindi sa ‘yo (o kahit sa isip mo ay wala).

Now we are telling you that today is the day of rest – a day to recognize in your life the true source and builder of strength…



THE FIGHT OF ISRAEL AGAINST AMALEK

“But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until going down of the sun.”

—Exodus 17:12

Let me give you a quick review of what’s really going on here in this passage…

This is the time when the Israelites were on their journey towards the promise land after they have been freed from slavery in the land of Egypt. During this time, Amalek came to fought with Israel in the land of Rephidim. The battle was so great but the hand of God was upon the Israelites through Moses. 

Every time na itataas ni Moses ang magkabilang kamay nito sa direksyon ng kalangitan ay nananalo sa labanan ang mga Israelita. Pero sa tuwing ibababa naman nito ang kaniyang mga kamay ay kabaligtaran naman nito ang nangyayari.



SURRENDER. SOURCE. VICTORY.



There are three thoughts that we can see in this battle…

  1. SURRENDER – Moses lifted his both hands to God to show his dependency to Him. Sometimes, we tend to own all the problems of this world na para bang ayaw mo ng mamigay sa ibang tao. Halos hindi ka na makatulog kakaisip kung paano aayusin ang lahat ng problema. But you know what? God is expecting us na ibigay natin sa Kaniya ang lahat ng anxieties natin in life. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” – Psalm 55:22 Just like Moses, we need to lift up our hands to God to ask His help anoman ang pinagdadaanan mo ngayon. Surrender everything to Him, not only your problems but also your whole self.


  1. SOURCE – During the battle of Israelites against Amalek, we have learned na sa tuwing itinataas ni Moses ang kaniyang mga kamay sa direksyon ng kalangitan ay nananalo sila sa labanan sa pamumuno ni Joshua. It’s very clear that the source of our strength to fight our battles in life comes from God alone, a strength that can surely give us victory. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” —Psalm 46:1 If you know kung sino ang source ng iyong strength, you will no longer feel weary about your life because you know that God is an everlasting source of encouragement and power – it’s not your strength who will lead you into your own success but it’s God’s. You can feel assured na habang ginagawa mo ang lahat to solve your problem na tulad ng mga Israelites who are fighting to defeat Amalek, God will enable you to do it victoriously.


  1. VICTORY – What happened at the end of the battle against Amalek? Well… Whenever you’re in God’s arms, victory will always follow you. “And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.” —Exodus 17:13 We have to recognize that victory belongs to God. It’s very clear that they have won the battle, not because they’re skilled warriors, but because God is with them and He allowed it to happen. “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” –Proverbs 21:31 No matter how prepared you are in battle, if God won’t allow it, you will never taste triumph. And unlike the famous line… “It’s not you, it’s me.” Keep in mind that in every victory, it’s not you, but it’s God.  And with the success you will get, never forget to give back all the praise and honor to Him just like what Moses did when they won the battle. “And Moses built an altar and calle the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner,” –Exodus 17:15 Remember God’s goodness in your life every day.



SOCIAL CONNECTIONS…



Sa oras ng pagkapagod, always make sure that you have the right people surrounding you. “But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until going down of the sun.” —Exodus 17:12 In this passage, it’s very clear that Moses got the right people sa tabi niya. Aaron his brother and Hur his close ally/companion (friend).

Now is the time to re-evaluate the people you have in your life. Sila ba ‘yung mga taong makakatulong mo sa oras ng panghihina? Someone who will give you right encouragement or someone who will lend his/her own strength to you so that you can continue fighting your battle? People who also believe that God is the source of our strength so they will lead you more to Him?

At kapag natagpuan mo na ang mga taong ito, make sure that you will also be there for them to give the same encouragement, help, and strength they might need in the future.


IN CONCLUSION… 


In times of weariness, you don’t have to dwell upon it on your own. LIFT up your hands to God in prayer and DECLARE His sovereignty in your life.  ASK His help and TRUST His everlasting power to give victory over your problems.

Remember…

The battle is not yours but God’s. He will fight for you. (Exodus 14:13-14)


—AB 






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