–Step Back Into The Ring–
Man, you guys.. Do you ever need that motivational voice standing right beside you, helping you tie on those boxing gloves and firmly coaching you to get back into the ring??! (If you don’t, please let the rest of us in on your secret)!
I don’t have a personal trainer that physically stands over me to spew out orders for my next move. And though at times, I wish I had one, truth be told, I know me. And I know I’d probably appreciate the motivation, yet quickly start barking back some unkind orders of my own!🙄 Anyone..?
Soooo, instead of taking a coaching stance, (for all our sakes), let me take you to my favorite chapters in ALL of the Bible..
In this book, we find Daniel. A man who is “highly esteemed” and finding himself in need of strength after seeing a great vision:
“Suddenly, a hand touched me and raised me to my hands and knees. He said to me, “Daniel, you are a man treasured by God. Understand the words that I’m saying to you. Stand on your feet, for I have now been sent to you.” After he said this to me, I stood trembling. “Don’t be afraid, Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me after I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to help you understand what will happen to your people in the last days, for the vision refers to those days.” While he was saying these words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and was speechless. Suddenly one with human likeness touched my lips. I opened my mouth and said to the one standing in front of me, “My lord, because of the vision, anguish overwhelms me and I am powerless. How can someone like me, your servant, speak with someone like you, my lord? Now I have no strength, and there is no breath in me.” Then the one with human likeness touched me again and strengthened me. He said, “Don’t be afraid, you who are treasured by God. Peace to you; be very strong!” As he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
Favorite parts of the book of Daniel..
the Bible tells us that “as soon as Daniel began to pray, an answer was given”(9:23) and the angel Gabriel was sent to go to him. As things progress in the story, the angel is delayed and engaged in battle for twenty-one days, of which Daniel is left waiting. Waiting. Have you ever been there? … Your strength is gone and you can “hardly breathe” as the Bible says?
Your words are heard. You are treasured. Do not be afraid, the angel says, while you were still in prayer, I was commanded to come to help you. Peace! he says, be strong. Stand! and Be Very Strong!!💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼