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God’s Fortress of Strength

Do you need freedom from the worries and stresses of this life? Do you need strength? It is in God alone that we find true strength and freedom from the burdens we needlessly carry. Through God we have strength, protection and freedom.

…the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
(Nehemiah 8:10)

  • “Strength” in this verse means “a fortified place, fortress, stronghold”
  • The dictionary definition of “fortress” reveals more deeply what it means to have God as our strength and fortress:
    • “a heavily protected and impenetrable building”
    • “a person or thing not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance”

Wow! With God as our strength, we can truly embrace living as one who is “heavily protected” and “impenetrable”“a person…not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance” and instead be a person living by the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and guides us as followers of Christ.

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread?
The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?

(Psalm 27:1)

In Christ alone we are strong. During these end times, let us trust in our mighty God who will guard and protect us even when we experience fear or are burdened by life’s trials and challenges.

Lover of God, Lover of My Soul?

A lot of believers can get uncomfortable when they hear the word “lover” in relation to God, and I have been there myself as well. However, I have been growing in the understanding of just what it means to say that we are lovers of God.

The world has absolutely ruined the connotation of the word “lover.” It has nothing to do with how one views a physical love relationship as the world sees it. It’s also not one some “Jesus-is-my-boyfriend” phrase that people often say it is.

Being a lover of God relates to us as believers growing to delight in Him and His will, seeking to live for Him in all aspects of our lives. It means loving Him and His will above ourselves and our own desires, seeking to give Him all our hearts and all our lives.

Being a lover of God means loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. It means that we love what He stands for, and that we love His Word and truth. It means we love His will and seek to do it. It is living the teachings of Jesus and trusting in Him for salvation. It is seeking His Kingdom and righteousness first with all our beings.

“If anyone desires to be first, he must be last of all, and servant of all.”
(Mark 9:35 Amplified)

Jesus As Lover of Our Souls

Jesus being called the Lover of our soul is also something that can make some people uncomfortable, but it is so true: God loves our souls more than anyone else! After all, He displayed His love by taking the sins of the entire world upon Himself, dying as a sacrifice to pay the price for for us so that we could live free from the debt of sin, sickness and death (John 3:16-17). So of course He loves our soul! This also is not a “Jesus-is-my-boyfriend” connotation. Not at all. This is part of the Gospel and the relationship we are meant to have with Jesus, one of intimacy and true love, not love as the world knows it.

Servant of All by Misty Edwards

I wanna be Your lover, so show me how to go lower [that is, how to be humble]
For in the depths I will find You where You’re serving my brother.

I wanna be with You where You are, I wanna be with You where You are
I wanna be with You where You are, You’re the servant of all.

I’m in love with a King who became a slave,
I’m in love with a God who is humble.
You gotta go down if you wanna go up,
And you’ve gotta go lower if you wanna go higher and higher,
Well you’ve gotta hide and do it in secret if you wanna be seen by God.

Cause it’s the inside outside upside down kingdom
Where you lose to gain and you die to live.
[emphasis mine]

Pour Out Your Heart

My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.

(Psalm 62:5-8)

God wants all of us–good and bad, successes and failures. He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him; He doesn’t want us to keep things inside and allow bitterness, fear, unforgiveness or resentment to take up residence in us.

Pour out your heart to Him–pour out everything! He loves you and knows all. He wants us to give Him all of ourselves and hold nothing back, whether what lies within us is amazingly good or horrendously bad! God wants to hear from us–He loves us and wants to heal, restore and redeem everything in us and in our lives!

God is our refuge, our strength, our salvation. He is our loving, heavenly Father who knows us more than anyone else! And He wants us to cling to Him and seek Him in all times. He wants to love on us–if only we would pour out our hearts to Him.

(God really used these verses to fill me tonight. If only all would truly know how much God loves them!)