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“Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him.  See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.  Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all He has done.”  Colossians 2:7  (Living Bible)

How do you acquire inner strength?  It is not like muscle that comes from exercising and nourishing your body with all the right foods.  Yet in a way inner strength is similar. We may appear to be weak and have abundant flaws but what truly counts is on the inside.  God looks at the heart.   It is important to exercise our mind and nourish our heart and soul daily by reading God’s word, memorizing bible verses and praying to Him.  Then when times of trouble arrive, we will have the strength necessary to stay strong in our faith and maintain peace in our heart.

 “We are praying, too, that you will be filled with His mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens – always full of the joy of the Lord”    Colossians 2:11   Inner strength comes from knowing God.

 “I love you O LORD, my strength.”      Psalm 18:1

Looking at my difficulties through the eyes of faith in what God can do instead of what I can’t do, frees me of my worries and fills me with peace.  I know my heavenly Father will work our my problems in the best way possible because He loves me.  My heart sings with joy as I think about His faithfulness and amazing love and I just want to thank Him and praise Him all the days of my life.

 “I will sing of the LORD’S great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.”    Psalm 89:1

“When I think of the wisdom and scope of His plan I fall down on my knees and pray to the Father of all the great family of God – some of them already in heaven and some down here on earth -

That out of His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you the mighty inner strengthening of His Holy Spirit.  And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him.  May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.   And may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high His love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it.  And so at last you will be filled up with God Himself. 

Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”     Ephesians 3:14-20 (Living Bible)

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