Say What God Said ( by Fenny West)

Say What God Said

Hear what God said
Believe what God said
Say What God Said
To have what God said

For He has said:
“We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.”
Therefore, I say, ‘I am Blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.’
(Eph1:3)
For He has said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Therefore, I say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
For He has said, “By His Stripes I was healed.” Therefore, I say, “By His Stripes I was healed.” (Phil.4:13,Isa53:4-5,1Pet.2:24)
For He has said, “I will bless you to be a blessing.” Therefore, I say, I blessed to be a blessing and Abraham’s blessings are mine. “(Gen12:3)
For He has said,” God has not given me a spirit of fear, but that of love power and sound mind. There is no fear in love, perfect love casts away all fear. The righteous are as bokd as a lion. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. “Therefore, I can bold say God has not given me a spirit of fear but that if love power and sound mind. I have perfect love of God that casts away all fear. I am the righteousness of God and I am as bold d as a lion. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil because God is with me. His rod and staff, His Holy Spirit, comfort, guides and strengthens, empowers and intercedes for me. “(1Tim.1:7,Prov28:1,Ps23:4-5)
For He has said,” There is now, no more Condemnation to those who are in Christ. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.”Therefore, I can boldly say,” There is now, no more Condemnation to me because I am in Christ Jesus, I an born again. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. “(Ro.8:1-2)
For He had said,” We are more than conquerors through Christ”. Therefore, I can boldly say, “I am more than a conqueror through Christ.” (Ro.8:37)
For He has said, “All things work together for good to those who love God and who are the called according to purpose.” Therefore, I can boldly say, “All things work together for good for me because I love God and I am the called according to the purpose of God.”

(Ro. 8:28)

Faith Vs Fear{2}(by Fenny West)

faith vs fear2Faith Vs Fear{2}

Faith…

Puts confidence in God
Fears no evil
Frees you to live life to the full
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
“The substance of things hoped for,
The evidence of things not seen”
Calls those things which be not as though they were.
Releases the ability of God
Increases with knowledge of the Word, power and presence of God.

Fear
Puts confidence in the five senses
Foils the plan of God for your life
Will kill many times before time of death
Undermines the power of God
Confuses you
Paralyses you
Feeds your doubts
Releases the ability of Satan
Falsifies, Exaggerates and attacks Reality.

10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’Isa 41:10

17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD. Isa 54:17

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Ps23:4

1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: ” Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isa43:1-2

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  Josh1:9

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. 
Ps27:1-3

1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah Ps46:1-3

Psalms 91: Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Ps91:1-8

1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion. Prov28:1

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  2Tim1:7

13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
Gen14:13-14

Wind and Wave Obey Jesus
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”
36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.
37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”Mark4:35-41

“The just shall live by faith.” Rom1:17

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Heb11:6

7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2Cor5:7

14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
2Ki6:14-17

Essence of God-Confidence ( C.H. Spurgeon)

Essence of God-confidence

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.” Psalm 138:8

Most manifestly the confidence which the Psalmist here expressed was a divine confidence. He did not say, “I have grace enough to perfect that which concerneth me–my faith is so steady that it will not stagger–my love is so warm that it will never grow cold–my resolution is so firm that nothing can move it”; no, his dependence was on the Lord alone. If we indulge in any confidence which is not grounded on the Rock of Ages, our confidence is worse than a dream, it will fall upon us, and cover us with its ruins, to our sorrow and confusion. All that Nature spins time will unravel, to the eternal confusion of all who are clothed therein. The Psalmist was wise, he rested upon nothing short of the Lord’s work. It is the Lord who has begun the good work within us; it is he who has carried it on; and if he does not finish it, it never will be complete. If there be one stitch in the celestial garment of our righteousness which we are to insert ourselves, then we are lost; but this is our confidence, the Lord who began will perfect. He has done it all, must do it all, and will do it all. Our confidence must not be in what we have done, nor in what we have resolved to do, but entirely in what the Lord will do. Unbelief insinuates–“You will never be able to stand. Look at the evil of your heart, you can never conquer sin; remember the sinful pleasures and temptations of the world that beset you, you will be certainly allured by them and led astray.” Ah! yes, we should indeed perish if left to our own strength. If we had alone to navigate our frail vessels over so rough a sea, we might well give up the voyage in despair; but, thanks be to God, he will perfect that which concerneth us, and bring us to the desired haven. We can never be too confident when we confide in him alone, and never too much concerned to have such a trust.

 

Barter Not Your Gold for Dross ( by Fenny West)

Barter not our gold for dross

Because it will be a great loss

Do not despise the good land

Because you see the wicked band.

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Stand your ground and go for gold

Coming to you is miracle untold.

Coming to you is blessing untold.

Coming to you is visitation untold.

 

Stand your ground and see God’s faithfulness.

Stand your ground and see that brightness.

Stand our ground and see God’s salvation.

Stand your ground and see your promotion.

Stand your ground and see our accomplishment

Stand your ground and see your establishment.

Stand your ground and see your boat’s arrival

Stand your ground and see great revival.

You will not only survive but thrive

You will not only enter but dominate

You will not only cross but reign as King.

 

 

Fenny West

 

 

 

When I Am Weak Then I am Strong

When I Am Weak Then I am Strong

Strength from weakness

8     Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

9     And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10        Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.1Cor12:8-10

The Potter and the Clay

There is  a great difference between a pot already formed and a clay that is soft and in the hands of the potter(God). 

 God has more need of our weakness than our strength. He wants us to be malleable, flexible, amenable; workable; when we are already formed we are useless -too strong, too set in our ways.

How easier is it to make a pot from clay or from an already made pot which is not fit for purpose?

 

1     The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying:

2     “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”

3     Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.

4     And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

5     Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

6          “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! Jer18:

Paul before and after salvation

1     Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest

2     and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

3     As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.

4     Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

5     And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

6     So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

 

Acts 9, 2Cor11:33-2Cor12:10,

When Paul preached powerfully in Philippi  and some people gave their lives to the Lord. Then after casting out the demon in a slave girl used by some chalatants, all hell broke lose. What followed was commotion, persecution, vilification, opposition which led to the humiliation of being flogged to the point of bleeding . But in their helplessness and weakness all they did was sing and pray and the power of God fell and their chains fell off, and the jailor was convicted by their behaviour that he wanted to be saved. And he was not only saved but his all household too.   The Strength of God came from their weakness

 

9     And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

10   Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

11   Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis,

12   and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days.

22   Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.

23   And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.

24   Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25   But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

26   Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

27   And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.

28   But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

29   Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.

30   And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31   So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

32   Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.

33   And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.

34   Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

Acts16:2832

Peter before he denied Jesus and after the day of Pentecost

He was mightily used of the Lord after his natural strength  and arrogance was gone.

Acts 2

Illustration of one that is drowning

You don’t fight with them. Leave them until all their strength is gone then you can help them else you may both go down in the struggle.  God lets you exhaust your strength.

Moses could not be used until all his strength was gone at 80, shepherding in Midian.

Ex2, 3

When you are at the back of the desert, you have given up on your strength and how you can make things work about your ministry; you are a now a persona non grata, a fugitive- on the run for your life; all you can speak is ‘sheepineese’,  you are stripped of all your education in the Eaton  and Cambridge of your time; you know that unless God intervenes you’re finished, you have no hope apart from the God of Hope.

Moses came to a place where al his strength had gone and he prayed: ‘If you do not go with me do not send me. Show me your glory if I have found favour in your sight. ‘

Whilst fighting with the Amalekites, although Moses knew they needed to do the practical, he also knew that without God they stood no chance of winning so he stood on the hill with his hands raised you. And as long as his hands were raised, Joshua was winning the battle below. Overtime,  his hands became tired and he lowered them and they started losing.   Aaron and Hur were immediately deployed upstairs to uphold his hands and they began to win again. This was a picture of ‘ without Him you can do nothing.’

When  we go in our strength, we birth Ishmaels -children of the flesh -that become thorn in our flesh. Abraham and Sarah discovered that to their pain; and the pain goes on till today between the Arabs and the Israelites- constantly at daggers drawn.

 

Gen16

Jonah: before and after he was swallowed by the Big Fish

Jonah 1,2,3

Jehoshaphat went into an unholy alliance to strengthen himself then a tripartite, overwhelming  confederacy came upon him that he could do nothing about; he feared and ran to God in prayer and fasting and of became his strength.

2Chro20

Gideon’s 32000  strong army had to be whittled down to 300 to show that it is not by might nor by power but by the Spirit of God.

Judges6,7

David  floored and Goliath by the strength of God, because he relied on God, to show that when you are strong in yourself, you are vulnerable, weak, but when your strength is in the Lord, He will use the weak to confound the strong, the foolish to confound the wise.

1Cor1:28-30 , 1Sam17

When Saul was little in His eyes God could use him but when his legs became too big for his boots he was booted out of office. 1Sam13. He died on mount Gilbour( exalted, pride).

Jacob, as long as he was strong in himself, in his scheming, wheeling and dealing, He limited God. He came to himself and was fed up of running from his brother and threw himself on God, prayed a passionate prayer and was turned into a Prince with God.

‘Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity’

‘Man’s difficulties are God’s oportunity’

Man’s security is also Satan’s opportunity to ensnare, deceive and destroy.

God turns our difficulties into His opportunity; we are forced to make room for Him, put Him first look for His intervention and encounter with Him.

Jacob Prayed: ‘I will not leave you until you bless me.’ and was transformed from a schemer wheeler and dealer, con man to a Prince with God.

Gen32

Joseph was also broken after the grandiose dream he had. God used the pit, the false accusation, imprisonment to break him down and prepare him for the greatness that was ahead. His character was shaped so that God would take glory in his life: Pride, Pit, Palace, Prison  Prophetic, Power, Purity, Patience , Purpose, Pardon  tests etc were all essential to refine and prepare him for his purpose.

 

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego: had no strength of their own but God’s ; they moved from faith to trust: ‘But if not ‘ were not taken out but taken through the fire, as we will face from time to time. They relied solely on the Lord and  He  vindicated them in the end. Their seeming humiliation brought promotion, God’s glorification and their vindication. The same happened to Daniel. His enemies were Jealous and conspired to incriminate him. They wanted him to compromise but he refused and maintained his loyalty to God. And God protected him when they threw him into the lion’s den.

Dan3, 6

In their weakness they became strong; their seeming humiliation -being tied up and bundled and thrown into fire -birth their promotion and God’s glorification and their vindication. You too will go through trial that will humiliate, but as you look to God they will be turned into your strength, promotion and God’s glorification.

 

Calamity, penury, tribulation- even humiliation- befell a man advanced in age; a man greatly endowed with over 100 songs like David of old. He could play the guitar, write poetry, had advanced computer skills including video making and accounting skills etc. yet he could not find a way out because it’s not by mighty nor by power but by the Spirit of God.  People who do not have a fraction his skills and qualification were streets ahead, miles ahead in their finances, ministry, positions of authority and influence but he was still marking time struggling to pay his rent, not talking of mortgage. He knew that unless God came through for him his accolades amounted to nothing.

But God is faithful and knows what He is doing. As he fixes his eyes on Jesus, He who began the good work will bring it to a glorious finale. The table will turn in the fulness of time. At the appointed time, the vison will speak and not lie.

 This great test has a potential to be turned into a great testimony. This bitter water will be turned into a sweet water by the power of tree (the Cross) on which the Saviour hung and died to pay the price for us. There is power in the blood.

 

We shall not go under for going over. 

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. God is with me and working behind the scene. I will come forth like Gold. When He has tried me I will come forth like gold. I will wait until my change comes.  When I am weak then I am strong!

God does not always take us out of difficulties. He often takes us through them;’ yea though I walk through… as they go through the Valley of Bacca… they make it a place of spring. When you go through the fire you will not burn….go through the river… you will not drown.’

    James was executed, Peter was taken out, Acts12, Stephen was stoned to death; Moses and David were spared

1     Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church.

2     Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

3     And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.

4     So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.

5     Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

6     And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.

7     Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands.

8     Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.”

9     So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

10   When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

 

Paul was stoned, flogged with rods, beaten battered , broken unlike other disciples; eventually, he was executed. Peter was also executed in the end. Poly Carp was also thrown in to an inferno; others were fed to lions. God allowed it. He knows best. He is sovereign. His love is everlasting.

When the disciples were threatened to stop preaching in the name of Jesus, they kept on preaching despite the persecution; in facts the gospel spread all the more when the persecution caused them to flee to various nooks and crannies spreading the gospel far and wide as they were pushed and pursued. They garner strength from weakness; their boldness increased as they refused to budge and those who opposed them took  notice that they had been with Jesus. Their weakness became their strength. Acts4

 

And when they had been threatened on one occasion, they went to their company and they prayed and the house in which they prayed was shaken to its core. This was strength in weakness. It did not happen when the going was good with them, when there was no opposition or persecution. So welcome your opposition and persecution. Welcome your suffering.  There is ‘gold and silver’ ( great treasure) in it.  There is a boon and booty in it. Don’t waste your sorrows. Glean all the goodies buried in the treasure of darkness.

13   Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

After Jesus had fasted for forty days and night, although he was weak physically , He was strong spiritually, ‘ He came out in the power of the Spirit.

14   Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.

Luke4:14

 

19   But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.

20   For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

29   Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,

30   by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

31   And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Acts4

 

Isa40:31

Mat17:21 certain feats nor exploits can only come when you have waited on God, stripped of yourself of your physical and mental strength and filled with the strength and wisdom of God,

Jesus looked helpless and broken on the cross but through His brokenness He was mending humanity. Through His emptying Himself, He was giving us fullness. He made Himself weak of no reputation, therefore God gave Him power, a name above every other name…

When I am weak then I am strong!

When your back is on the ground, guess what? You can only look up.

 

As long as Samson was strong in himself he fooled around and was meat for his enemies despite his earlier incredible feats. Eventually they defeated him as he played a fool on the lap of Delilah. When his hair was gone and his eyes were gorged out he knew that only God would make a difference and as he prayed fervently between the pillars for God to give him a second chance,

 God did he killed more people on that occasion than on any other when he was his strongest.

 

 

5     And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”

6     So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict you.”

7     And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

8     So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she bound him with them.

9     Now men were lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.

10   Then Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with.”

11   So he said to her, “If they bind me securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

12   Therefore Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And men were lying in wait, staying in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.

13   Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom” —

14   So she wove it tightly with the batten of the loom, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the batten and the web from the loom.

15   Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.

16   And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death,

17   that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

18   When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand.

19   Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him.

20   And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.

21   Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.

22   However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.

23   Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said: ” Our god has delivered into our hands Samson our enemy!”

24   When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said: ” Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy, The destroyer of our land, And the one who multiplied our dead.”

25   So it happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may perform for us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars.

26   Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them.”

27   Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there — about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed.

28   Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”

29   And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.

30   Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.

 

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6     So he answered and said to me: ” This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.

Zech4:6

John15 without me you can do nothing.

God wants you and I to rely on Him totally, all the time,  even when we do the practical; do exercises, pray, fast and pray, plan, budget, are careful with our finances, invest, give to the poor, save, tithe, trade with our talent etc

He does not delight in the strength of a horse or the legs of a man

Some trust in riches, some in princes, others in houses, their connections, reputation, experience, accolades  etc but we will trust in the name of the Lord.

8     It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.

9     It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes.Ps118:8-9

 

1     “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2     Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

3     You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4     Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5     “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

6     If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

7     If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

 

 

10        And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.Ps9:10

 

11   But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.

Ps5

 

2     The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Ps18

7     The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

Ps28

7     “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.”

Ps52

2     I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Ps91

1            Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.Ps125

8    Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.Ps124:8

10  He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.

Ps147:10

9    Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them.Ps62:10

28  He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.

Prov11