Be Stregthend By His Word

2 Samuel 17:2 NKJV  I will come upon him while he is weary and weak, and make him afraid. And all the people who are with him will flee, and I will strike only the king.

 King David having been betrayed by his son Absalom, has fled Jerusalem to escape death.  One of his top counselors, Ahithophel, saw the change in power looming and also sided with Absalom.  Turning, his back on David and now committed to the cause of killing him, Ahithopel advises Absalom to allow him to pursue David and while he is weary and weak, strike fear into him causing all his remaining supporters to abandon him and make it easy to finish him off.

Aside from some good advice about wisely choosing our friends, we can learn some more about the strategy of our enemy and how to better defend ourselves against fear.  Let’s look at 2 Samuel 17:2 again.

 2 Samuel 17:2 NKJV  I will come upon him while he is weary and weak, and make him afraid. And all the people who are with him will flee, and I will strike only the king.

 Our enemy loves to attack when we are weary and weak.  When we are tired and under-nourished we are most susceptible to attack and the fear of the attack, which is usually much worse than the attack itself.  In the natural, predators look for the weakest target.  If there is a chance of a struggle they want to ensure their best chance for victory.  Medically, doctors recommend a well-balanced diet and proper amounts of sleep.  Together they help us keep our bodies strong, functioning, and help us fight off virus’ that try to infiltrate our bodies and attack us.

The same is true in the spiritual realm.  The enemy prowls around looking for an easy target.  He remembers when Jesus soundly defeated him and is trying to avoid being trounced again.  When we are spiritually under-nourished we become spiritually tired, our spirit man becomes weak, and we become a prime target for the enemy.  Since we are not built up in the Word of God, which produces faith in the Believer (Romans 10:17), fear from whatever the attack is begins to set in.  The more spiritually weak and tired you are the more fear can run rampart in your life.

Just like taking care of our physical bodies helps us stay off physical sickness, proper maintenance of your spirit will help you stay off worry, doubt, and fear.  In Matthew 4:4, Jesus likened the Word of God as food for our spirit just as natural food is for the physical body.  Peter exhorts us to desire the Word of God, which causes us to grow stronger, just like babies desire and cry for milk, which causes them to grow.

You need the Word.  The Word of God will cause you to grow stronger in your walk with God.  Just like you eat multiple times everyday to maintain your physical health, you must have regular spiritual nourishment to stay spiritually healthy.  If you only ate once a week or once a month, you’d get sick in a hurry.  Yet some Christians only open their Bibles once a month and wonder why they are living in fear and doubt.  Get in the Word daily.  Feed your spirit a regular diet of His Word and in no time at all things that caused you to fret, worry and fear won’t even bother you in the least.  Be strengthened by His Word.  Faith will replace your fear and you’ll FEAR NOT!


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