Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 16 Scripture Selection: Joel 1-3
Food for Thought: Joel 3:10, 16
There is so much to draw from reading the book of Joel. It is rich in prophecy as it relates to the nation of Israel and her enemies, as well as in instruction for the believer in Jesus Christ, with helpful information about the Holy Spirit and the promises of the Lord to infuse us with great hope.
In it, the Lord gives the Israelites special instruction for the weak to call themselves strong. After all, they will function by the strength of the Lord, not their own. And the message is the same for us, today. We must never call ourselves weak—not in body, soul, or spirit. Saying that doesn’t help anyone and only demoralizes ourselves. We must not go by our feelings, nor by sight, but instead by faith, boldly calling the things that are not as though they were (see Rom. 4:17; 2 Cor. 5:7).
This does not mean that we ignore a problem or refuse to acknowledge it. Rather, we declare that we are plenty strong in the strength of the Lord to gain the victory over it. With Him in us, we are supplied with all we need to win. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (I John 4:4)! Yes! He literally is IN us!
For whatever we may face today, our response must be one of confidence. We must never let the enemy see us sweat, and never allow even our minds to ponder weakness or loss. There is nothing that the enemy can throw at us that the Lord has not already equipped us to defeat. We are strong and we can handle it. As Paul says in Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):