I have thought about that -- and thought.
Could they be saying the same thing?
Joshua 1:9"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Isaiah 40:31Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
From the regular dictionary - weak:
liable to break or give way under pressure; easily damaged.
"the salamander's tail may be broken off at a weak spot near the base"
2 Corinthians 12:9-11
New International Version (NIV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Opps...there it is on the bottom of vs. 10 in Corinthians........
For when I am weak....then I am strong.
I think what impressed me the most is that I must be weak....lacking in spiritual strength and energy that ONLY WITH Jesus...ONLY WITH God...can I become strong.
I found it and decided to write it again in the first person as if I was praying for myself. IN some regards - I am, but read it as if YOU were praying:
Lord, I call upon you, right now - I am facing a difficult mountain. Lord, I am facing a huge mountain. God it seems like I can not pass this mountain or go around it - I need you - desperately. I love you and I have been through struggles before but this one could literally kill me or kill another's spirit....God - move this mountain. Please.... I need guidance and affirmation. I need to know exactly WHAT to do and WHOM to trust. I want to be in Your perfect will even though I know you will find glory and honor if I mess up and make the wrong move while I vacillate back and forth because I am anxious. Take the anxiousness. Maybe Lord, I just need to be still and let the mountain move without this must 'help'...only YOU know. Right now, my emotions are too tender and raw -- I need peace. I need a direct line to you -- Lord, I come to you - I worships you, I love you and I will believe that no matter what - YOU have my back. I only have to answer to you. I only have to deal with today - not tomorrow...and I know I can't change yesterday, but I can claim Your victory and I will believe that no matter what - with YOU anything is possible. I will not fail...I will hear, "atta girl"..."well done my good and faithful servant"....when all is said and done - it is just You and me God -- thank you - in Your most perfect name - amen.