Find Your Strength In God

Find Your Strength In God ~ Raq Hazaq Amas
Pastor Tim Elliott

 

In Joshua 1 God told Joshua four times to be strong and courageous. In verse 9 He said this is my command, be strong and courageous. In verse 18 he said if you rebel against the command it would end in death. And He ends the chapter “Only be strong and very courageous.” That is the Hebrew phrase “Raq Hazaq Amas”. That became the battle cry of a warrior, a champion. In the Hebrew it literally means – only prevail in every battle because you have My strength. If we have God’s strength then how could we lose a battle? We win every time. If God commanded you to prevail then how could you lose?

 

In the New Testament the Apostle Paul had a lot to say about your strength. I believe he had a true revelation of Raq Hazaq Amas. Let’s take a look.

  1. We are strong through grace.

2 Timothy 2:1 NLT Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.

TPT – Timothy, my dear son, live your life empowered by God’s free-flowing grace, which is your true strength, found in the anointing of Jesus and your union with him !

GWT – My child, find your source of strength in the kindness of Christ Jesus.

 

We are strong through grace. Grace is the favor of God. It is also defined as God’s influence on your soul (your way of thinking, your way of feeling, your decisions) that strengthens you in faith, knowledge, and affection. We are made strong when we allow God to influence what we think, how we feel, and what we decide.  I always say, “I feel good, I feel fine, I feel this way all the time.” I allow God’s word to influence how I feel. If I am healed by Jesus’ stripes (Isaiah 53:5, I Peter 2:24) then I should feel good. How I feel is my decision. Paul said that grace is your true strength, your source of strength. Every time you allow to influence your way of thinking you will be infused with His strength. And His strength cannot fail.

Hallelujah!!

  1. We are made strong through our union with Him.

Ephesians 6:10 AMPC – In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

What does union with God look like. I think it looks like a Christian reading the Bible, going to church, worshipping God. We you take the time to spend time with God you are infused with His strength.

  1. We are strengthened when we are not intimidated or frightened by our adversary.

NLT -Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.

GNT – Don’t be afraid of your enemies; always be courageous, and this will prove to them that they will lose and that you will win, because it is God who gives you the victory.

When you refuse to fear when the enemy (satan) attacks you it is a clear sign that you will win. Raq Hazaq Amas… I will prevail because of God’s strength.

  1. We are strengthened when we serve God’s people.

1 Corinthians 16:1315 – TPT – Remember to stay alert and hold firmly to all that you believe. Be mighty and full of courage. Let love and kindness be the motivation behind all that you do. Dear brothers and sisters, I have a request to make of you. Give special recognition to Stephanas and his family, for they were the first converts in Achaia, and they have fully devoted themselves to serve God’s holy people.

KJV -I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

I like the way the King James version says addicted to the ministry of the saints. We should be serving when we come to church. When Paul said here “be mighty and full of courage” he is referring to the command “Raq Hazaq Amas” and then he goes on to tell how the house of Stephanas devoted themselves to serve God’s people. The implication is that when you serve God you are strengthened. Serving God doesn’t wear you out, it strengthens you.

Glory To God!!!!

Now I am going to look at a few scriptures that have been misunderstood because of translation. In Luke it says that Jesus opened the disciples understanding so that they could understand the scripture. As I was reading that one day I told the Lord I want to understand the scripture. He said in His own gentle way, then understand that it wasn’t written in English. It was written in Hebrew and Greek. If you take the time to study the Hebrew and Greek dictionary of bible words you will get a clearer understanding of their meaning. Which brings me to the next point.

  1. With God’s word in my mouth, I’m possessed with unfailing strength and am strong enough to ward off the enemy.

Hebrews 13:5—6 – Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

 

The English word translated content here is a Greek word that means to be possessed with unfailing strength. It means to be enough to defend yourself and ward off the enemy.

The phrase such things as you have is a Greek word that means to be in your hand, or at your command.

What should a Christian have in their hand every day? A Bible. When you get God’s word in your hand and let it get in your heart and mind. And then put it at your command you will be possessed with a strength that cannot fail. That is God’s strength. Psalm 89:19 says, “Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, And said: “I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people. God gave one who is mighty help. The phrase one who is mighty is also translated warrior and champion. In verse 21 God said my arm strengthened him. God helps one who is a champion by strengthening him. And I believe that strength comes from spending time reading and meditating on God’s Word, The Bible.

  1. We are strengthened when we are affected by faith and resist the enemy.

1Peter 5:8 — 10 NKJV – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

Here again a closer look at the Greek dictionary will reveal something you won’t see in the English translation.

First the word steadfast means strong. Be strong. Resist means to withstand. Withstand the enemy with God’s strength. Secondly the word sufferings means misfortune or calamity. No doubt we may all face misfortunes, but the next word translated experienced means to bring to an end. Peter said that your misfortune or calamity will be brought to and end. Just like all your brothers in the world. Then the next word suffer means to be affected. What are we affected by? Our faith. It also means to have a sensible experience in a good sense. Boy that is different from what we’ve always thought. In other words when we are affected by faith in a good sense we will see an end to our suffering.

Then the next four words – perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle reveal a lot about what God does when we are affected by the faith of God.

Perfect means to make one what he ought to be. You ought to be healed. You ought to have your needs met. You ought to be strong enough to ward off the devil.

Establish means to strengthen, to make stable. It means to make you constant in your mind.

Strengthen means bodily vigor or spiritual knowledge.

And settle means to lay the foundation. It is the same word used when Jesus said the wise man builds his house on the rock. And when the storms came to knock the house down, it did not fall.

Praise God!!!!

 

 

 

  1. Rejoice greatly / Know who you are

Philippians 4:10 — 13 – But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Here is another verse that is misunderstood because of translation.

The phrase in whatever state is a Greek word that means who. Simply who. Paul said I have learned who I am. Who are you in Christ? That is a question worth finding the answer to. In Romans 8 Paul tells us that we are more than conquerors through Christ. When you know who you are in Christ it will strengthen you spiritually. Paul also said that we are free from the law of sin and death, because of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

I think the Passion Translation of verse 12 and 13 says it best.

I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.

As Christians we overcome all things, all circumstances because Christ’s explosive power (strength) infuses us to conquer every difficulty.

God wants us to win in every battle we face in this life. And He infuses us with His strength.

To recap:

  1. We are strong through grace. We are made strong when we allow God to influence what we think, how we feel, and what we decide
  2. We are made strong through our union with Him.
  3. We are strengthened when we are not intimidated or frightened by our adversary.
  4. We are strengthened when we serve God’s people.
  5. With God’s word in my mouth, I’m possessed with unfailing strength and am strong enough to ward off the enemy.
  6. We are strengthened when we are affected by faith and resist the enemy.
  7. Rejoice greatly / Know who you are

 

 

 

 


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