OH LORD, RENEW MY STRENGTH

Scripture: Isaiah 40:30-31; Ps.84:7; Ex.15:2; Judges 16:6, 16-19; 2 Samuel 22:33; Neh.8:10; Psalm 18:32, 39; Ps. 71:16

Exhortation: The glory of a young man is his strength, and the strength of a nation is their youth. “The glory of young men is their strength” Prov. 20:29a. That is why Devil focused on youth to kill, steal and destroy. But thank God for Jesus who went through that path and overcame. He is the author and finisher of faith of any Youth that care to succeed.

TWO DIMENSIONS OF STRENGTH

Physical strength (strength of man)
In the song of Hannah in 11 Samuel 2:9, she says, “By strength shall no man prevail”.

Spiritual strength – This is the inner strength.
The bible calls it the strength of the Lord. It is the Spirit of might.
Psalm 71:16 says, “I will go in the strength of the Lord God. To soar high with wings like eagle you must desire this strength.

DISCOVERING THE THINGS THAT SAP STRENGTH

In Luke 22:31; Jesus said to Peter, Satan wants to sift you, but I have prayed for you. Today, Satan has not stop sifting, especially the youths and that is why we need to be aggressive in prayer.

What then are these satanic instruments?

(i) SIN: Sin stings! Sin sink! Sin saps strength. Joseph and Daniel knew this well in their days and never compromise with sin.
Samson fell into the lap of Delilah; and he lost his glory and strength. “And he came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. And the Lords of the philistines came up to her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lies, and by what means we may prevail against him….. And she made him sleep upon knees; and she called  for a man, and she caused him to shave off, the given locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him”. Judges 16:4-5,19.
Every contact you have with a strange woman, or act of fornication gets you into
(a) the valley
(b) shaves off your head (glory)
(c) Takes away your strength.

The wise man, King Lemuel says in proverbs 31 vs. 3 “Give not your strength unto women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings”.
Do you know you are a priest and a king unto our God? Do you know you are a royal priesthood?

(ii) WRONG ASSIGNMENT: Nothing saps a man’s strength than embark on a wrong assignment. Purpose stirs up passion; and passion increases strength.
The bible talks about wasted years; when you embark on a journey of life without destination.
“Destiny without Destination leads to Destruction”

“Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain”. Isaiah 49:49.
Have you been spending your strength in vain doing Engineering course when God created you to be a Lawyer?
I came in contact with a scripture in Judges 9:8-15 and it changed my entire life. I discovered purpose-driven trees and I made up my mind to discover purpose.

“The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon”.

When you do not know God’s intent for creating you; then the following will be evidenced in your life
(a) Job Dissatisfaction
(b) Academic frustration. Learning with stress
(c) Lack of focus
(d) Instability
(e) Lack of influence
(f) Compromise – You will accept any offer. Jesus refused to accept the Kingship of this world because he knew his purpose for coming to the earth.
(g) Lack of inner joy no matter the academic performance.
(h) Frustration
(i) Confusion etc.

If trees discovered their assignment to humanity what about you, the tree of Righteousness; the planting of the Lord?

(iii) Ignorance or Spiritual Blindness: Knowledge increases strength, but ignorance saps it. The more the light you encounter in God’s word the greater your strength within.
“Light makes the job lights” Ecclessiastes 10vs15, says “The labour of a foolish wearies everyone of them, because he knoweth not how to go the city”.
Knowledge saves strength, and time. It is not enough to discover God’s purpose, you must ask for the How?
Beloved, you must be able to know
What?      –      My purpose
How?       –      To go about it
Where?    –      The location
When?     –      The timing
and then you will begin to soar high in your calling

(iv) Laziness: Laziness makes the house decay. Idleness does not increase strength as some may think, rather it saps.

“By much slothfulness, the building decays; and through idleness of the hands the house drops through”. Eccless.10:18

Are you idle? Are you slothful? It is time to awake and work while it is day for the night comes when you can no more work. Idleness will open the way to:
*Mental dullness,
*Lack of vision,
*Perverted thinking – To go into yahoo fraud; robbery, steal; rape and all vices
*Loss of inner strength.

(v) Prayerlessness: Prayer empowers the inner man. It supplies inner strength as you fellowship with the Holy Spirit and unite with God in the closet.
Daniel, Esther and Joseph were young people who soared high with inner strength by prayer. They could not be intimidated by the powers of their day.

In the place of prayer weapons of war are sharpen strategies obtained and less strength is used. “If the iron be blunt; and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength” (a dull axe requires great strength- Living Bible translation). Eccl.10:10

(vi) Depression: A merry heart greases your bones and renew your strength but a moody heart does no good. Whatever steals your joy steal your strength.

Some doorways to depression:
*Lack of purpose, which may lead to confusion and depression.
*Lies of the devil about your true identity which may lead to low self esteem.
*Living in an unfriendly atmosphere
*Ungodly delay – Academic pursuit, breakthrough and marriage. *When your set goals are not coming forth.
*Loss of loved ones or helpers of your destiny
*Inherited
*Disappointment or betrayal etc.

(vii) Fear: Fear is a satanic weapon assigned to weaken your strength, shatter your confidence and limit your height of attainment and exploit. In Judges 8:20, Gideon said to his first born, Jether to rise up and slay the enemies of God, but he could not because of fear.
“But the youth drew not his sword; for he feared, because he was yet a youth”.
Apostle Paul told Timothy not to despise his youth.

(viii) Wrong Thought: “As a man thinketh in his heart so, he is” Proverbs 23:7
Your thought pattern will either strengthen your innerman or weakens you. Devil knows very well that you cannot go beyond your thought level.
Do you want your strength to be renewed?
Do you want to soar high as eagles in life?
Then change your thought pattern as you conform to the word of God.

(ix) Wrong Feeding/Spiritual Junks: Your feeding pattern will reduce from your strength or add to it. What physical food is to the physical strength is what the word of God is to the inner strength. What do you feed on? Spiritual junk?

LOCATING STRENGTH BOOST/BOOSTERS

If your inner strength (courage, confidence, boldness, bravery, might) is a determinant
Factor to your height of attainment, then you need to know what can boost it. The word ‘boost’ as a verb means to make something increase or become better or more successful.
As a noun, it means something that helps or encourages somebody or something.
While the Word booster means, a thing that helps, encourages or improves somebody or something.
A person who gives his or her support to somebody or something.

The Big Question?

What is that thing that helps, encourages or improves you to soar high?
Who is that person that helps, encourages or improves you to soar high?

(1) God: The source of unfailing strength.
David says “it is God that girdeth me with strength, and makes my way perfect: He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places” Psalm18:32-33.
In fact in Psalm 27:1, he declare ‘the LORD not only as He that girded him with strength but the strength of his life and since God cannot fail, his strength did not fail.

Are you connected to God through Jesus Christ?
“As many as believes in His name, to them He gave power to become sons of    God” 1John 1:12

The journey begins with Christ Jesus. Are you ready now to get connected to the source of unfailing strength? Then say this prayer of faith

Lord Jesus, my strength and salvation, I come to you now, I am a sinner. By my own strength I can not prevail. The young man will fail and became weary, but in You there is renewal of strength. Forgive me and cleanse me with Your blood, I accept and confess You as My Lord and Saviour. I forsake sin and satan. Now I know God is my Father, I am His beloved and His strength flows in me.

Congratulations! Now you have been engrafted into the True Vine as a branch in God’s Vineyard. You have access now to the free flow of divine strength.

(2) Seek Knowledge: The bible gives us another secret to obtain daily inner strength
In Proverbs 24:3 “A wise man is strong; yea a man of knowledge increases strength”.
Daniel says, “those who do know their God shall be strong and do exploit”

(3) Feed on the Word daily: The working of the word of God explain clearly that it is a strength booster. In John 6:35 – Living Bread; Psalm 19 (Honey and honeycomb); Eph. 5:26 (water). Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.
Psalm 104:15 says, “And wine that makes glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengthens the heart”.

(4) Joy of the Lord –In the book of Nehemiah 8:10, we see another strength booster. “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. It takes joy to draw from the well of strength. (Isaiah 12:3). If the devil succeed in stealing your joy he will steal your
strength. Do not compromise your joy. Apostle Paul mention, “Rejoice” more that two times in the book of Phillipians, and revealed the secret of his sustenance in the prison.

(5) The Holy Spirit: The Spirit of might is one of the operation of the Holy Spirit. It is the inner courage, and confidence. Eph.3:16 says “That He would grant you, according to the riches in His glory; to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man” .The anointing of the Holy Spirit empowers you from within to do exploit.

(6) Quietness: “For thus says the Lord, God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength”.

Do you want an inner strength?
Do you want to soar high?
Learn to be quiet within and before His presence. The book of proverbs says even a fool knows when to keep quiet.

(7) Prayer with fasting: In the old testament and new testament men and women who did great exploit for God were people of prayer and fasting. Youths who did extra ordinary things in their days like Daniel, Esther and David, denied themselves of food for certain days, prayed aggressively and obtained strength, boldness to confront the enemies of God.
Daniel and the three Hebrew boys – Nebuchadnezzar
Esther  – Haman
David  – Goliath
Isaiah 40:30-31 says; “Even the youths shall faint; and be weary, and the young
men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and
they shall walk, and not faint”.

(8) Be in Zion: Going to church is not a religious rites but divine laws or principles.
The Lord through bible says, we must not forsake the assembly of brethren.
And David says, your strength is attached to Zion. The moment you are disconnected from Zion, your strength will begin to go down. Psalm 84:7, says; “they go from strength to strength, everyone of them in Zion appears before God.

(9)  Angelic Assistance: In the old and new testament and even today angels are still ministering to the heirs of salvation that believe.
One of the ways they minister to you is giving strength to continue the race by bringing words of encouragement. Remember they excel in strength.
In Luke 22:43, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour enjoyed angelic assistance.
“And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him.”.

Conclusion: God is sending you out as a rod of His strength to rule in the midst of His enemies, establish His dominion and do greater exploit for Him.

PRAYERS

THANKSGIVING PRAYERS: Psalm 103

Thank God for the covenant of life. He preserved you because of His purpose in your life.
Thank God for His faithfulness despite your unfaithfulness.
Thank Him for being your strength.
Thank Him for the new height He’s taking you after this prayer.
Thank God for being your strength.

REPENTANCE PRAYERS: Job13:26; 20:11; Mark 7:21-23; Gal.5:19-21

Confess and repent of youthful sins : Masturbation, vain imagination, pornography, rebellion, yahoo fraud, armed robbery, exam malpractice, stealing, sexual promiscuity, pride, lies, falsehood. Etc.
I receive the atonement of the blood of Jesus from the pollution of the sin of ————-.
I bind the spirit of masturbation, vain imagination,….. and  cast you out of my life.

SPIRITUAL WARFARE: 11 Cor.10:5

* I pull down the stronghold of sin upon my life in the name of Jesus.
* You arrow of lust fired to sap my strength back fire in Jesus name
* You woman/man sent from the pit of hell after the order of Delilah to sap my strength, stumble and fall in the name of Jesus.
* I reject every manipulation in my dream to sap my strength.
* You spiritual partner draining my strength through sex in the dream die now by fire.
* O Lord, separate me by fire from any friend, family member, Associate assigned to waste my youthful days.
* O Lord, deliver me from any project or vocation that is wasting my strength.
* My strength shall no more be wasted on unprofitable venture.
* O Lord, deliver me from any wrong habit that is draining my Spiritual strength.
* O Lord, deliver me from any unholy appetite that is killing my destiny gradually e.g. smoking, drinking alcohol, drug addiction. Etc.
* I receive grace to seek first my Creator, the source of my strength when it is early.
* I obtain grace to wait upon the Lord until He renew my strength.
* I reject and command arrow of prayerlessness to come out of me and backfire in Jesus name.
*O Lord, show me the way to profit that my labour may not weary me.
*I reject any satanic exchange of my strength through sex or food.
*Spirit of might possess me now and strengthen me from the inner man.
*My inner man, receive fresh fire for exploit in Jesus name.
*I receive grace to be quiet in the inner man.
*Every worry, anxiety and noise going on within me be still in Jesus name.
*O Lord, I am weak, renew my strength.

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