Show Yourself Strong
The Lord tells us that He searches the whole earth in order to find
one person that He can show Himself strong in his or her behalf.
I want to be that kind of Christian. I want to be the person that
The Lord can say, “Yes”, I will show Myself strong in her behalf. This
is my desire, my hope and my prayer.
I look at the life of Job, and how Satan came to the Lord and asked
Him for His permission to sift Job. Why? Because Satan told God that
Job would surely turn on God if he had problems.
The Lord said to Satan, “Hast thou considered my servant Job? There is none like him in the earth, a perfect, upright man and one that feareth God and escheweth evil? (Job 1:8).
Many people blame Job for his problems, but the Word of God says
that Job was chosen by Satan because of his righteousness.
Be very careful when you judge unrighteously, and blame innocent
people of doing something wrong, and that is why that person is being
Job’s friends just automatically assumed that Job was guilty of a
sin. However, that was not true, and God showed Himself for Job, and
restored all that he had lost two times over, and healed, delivered and
blessed Job in his later days greater than his former days. Why?
Because in the midst of his suffering Job blessed the Lord, and he
stayed faithful to God through it all.
Please be supportive of people who are being persecuted for
righteousness sake, and please pray that their faith will not fail so
that they can be victorious.
Joseph was persecuted by his brothers, and many people think that
he was treated badly because he was boasting about his dream.
Arrogance and bragging was not part of Joseph’s character, and I
believe that Joseph was only relating his dream in an humble manner.
Later, the dreams were fulfilled, and his brothers and father could
understand how God was working in Joseph’s life. There was a purpose in
why Joseph tol his dream to his family.
Joseph was able to give God the glory, and he told his brothers
that what they meant for evil; God turned it around 180 degrees, and worked
it for good for not only Jospeh but for all of his people. God showed
Himself strong for Joseph, as He promoted him to one of the highest
positions in the empire of that time.
Then there was Daniel, and he was so devoted to his God that he
worshipped Him in spite of the decree that he could be killed for not
worshipping the king.
Daniel was so courageous to never deny his devotion to almighty
God,and so Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den.
God showed Himself strong for Daniel, and God closed the mouths of
This was a wonderful witness of God’s power to all who saw the
power of Daniel’s God.
God will shut the lion’s mouths in your life as well, if you are
the kind of person that He is searching for to show Himself strong in their
There were also the three young men who were also in their enemy’s camp as was
Daniel. They were Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
They were also young men that the Lord not only showed Himself strong for them, but He also was seen in the fiery furnace with them.
This is a lesson to all of those who love the Lord, and are called according to
His purposes. He will be in the fire, the floods and the tribulations with you.
He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is with you in your hardest trials.
Then, I often think of Paul and Silas, and how they were beaten and
imprisoned for righteousness sake. They were found worshipping and
praising the Lord in the horrible environment of the prison.
God showed Himself strong in their behalf, and God brought an
earthquake, and set these two captives free.
All the others in the prison were also set free, and God was
glorified again. Why? Because of the Paul and Silas sacrifice of praise
and worship unto the Lord even in the midst of horrible pain and
In the many cases throughout the Bible; we see that God was able to
bless those who were faithful, obedience and thankful to God.
You can clearly see that God is looking for Christians who love Him
first, obey Him, seek Him, and put Him first and His righteousness.
To have God to show Himself strong in our lives; we need to get our
priorities in order. Then, He will be free to move in our lives as He
has done in the lives of Job, Joseph, Daniel, Paul and Silas and
countless others throughout history.
He is always searching for a person to bless, but sadly many these
days have fallen away from our first love of The Lord.
He wants us to come back to Him, so that He can show Himself strong
in our behalf, and His Name will be glorified.
I pray as the times grow more perilous every day, that we,
Christians will prepare ourselves and pray that we will be the kind of
people that will please God first and foremost.
He wants to bless us, and He wants to show Himself strong, and He
wants all people to know that He is God.
May all of us become the people that God is searching the whole
earth to find. May we be the people that God can use for His glorious
purposes in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Peggy Kannaday has been the Managing Editor for “Church Growth
International” since 1991.
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