The LORD God is my strength
Habakkuk 3:19: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Life at times is UNPREDICTABLE: As we look at our text we see how Habakkuk the minor prophet, IS in the midst of defeating life's reality, he shares with us his unfailing source of strength and confidence in which ultimately leads to his necessary satisfaction and contentment in the Lord Himself.
The strength God gives Habakkuk say's is like the power found in the feet of a deer, a gazelle, or any active, swift- footed animal. Much as a deer can quickly run through a dark forest, so the prophet said he could move joyfully through difficult circumstances.
Though his legs trembled (v. 16) 'I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us. At the awesome MANIFESTATION of God, that same Lord was His joy (v. 18), yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior' strength (v. 19), and assurance. 'The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.
I. How should we respond?
1. (verses 17-18), they were going through a drought. The bible says instead of complaining or giving up, they simply acknowledged the situation.
- The main thing is not to stay there.
2. Acknowledge your problem(s)
- Many of us are living with conflicting realities. 'yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
3. What do you do with conflicting realities like we find in verse 17? Verse 18 says rejoice! You have say, ....I am going to trust you and I am going to praise you no matter what others do, because Lord! It is about what you are going to do. So I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
4. Action Plan
a. Rebel against the circumstances.
(Prayer) 'we rebel against every attempt the enemy has made to derail our destiny.
b. Rejoice and believe in your apostolic covering.
(Father I submit my self to you and the headship that you placed over my life.
c. We must rejoice in the God of our salvation.
'Lets ask Job', Job would stand up and say,"I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25 (NIV)
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:Job 13:15a But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (KJV) Job 23:10
(Prayer Point) His joy (v. 18), Father in Jesus Name, I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior
- What does God do while we are waiting on him?
II. He restores our strength.
1. The Lord God is our strength.
- Acknowledge his dominion or power in your life.
(Prayer Point) Lord I receive and acknowledge your dominion and power in my life, and I release it now to push back any agenda that the enemy has built as a plan to deter me from obtaining your promises for me in my life.
2. God has the power to change your circumstance.
(Prayer Point) In Jesus Name I release the gifts in my life to produce the necessary change that will change my circumstances.
3. We must know Him:
- We must acknowledge God's abundance.
(Prayer Point) Father I am ready to be blessed with a much larger capacity
4. God let us know that we need Him.
- We give God the glory, because he restores our strength.
III. He will lift you up; '…he will make me to walk upon mine high places'
1.God will lift you up. He will not leave you where He found you.
(Prayer Point) Thank you Jesus for my promotion, you can trust me I am ready to be blessed'
2.In verse 19, God wants the best for us. 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights
3. Hinds feet mentioned in this scripture were prepared for:
Habakkuk 3:17 'Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty.
Feet deal with purpose or destiny: 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord…or … How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.
The devil tries to tell you that you will stay in your situation: in verse 17. Remember we rebel against those odds by
- We rebel against all the circumstances that speak negative things into our lives:
How will God get us from barrenness to having the blessing so the gazelle?
a. He gave us something that we could not give ourselves.
God makes our feet like hinds feet.
- We are able or have the ability to go higher.
- We are able to see what others can't see.
d. Made us Swift. God makes the gazelle fast and swift enough to overcome obstacles. So fast one moment you can look up and they are there, but the next minute they are gone.
- There are some things you are believing God for. You have been so faithful; God is going to do a swift turn around for you.
e. Hinds feet are also stable. They can go to rough terrain and still be stable. This generation is so unstable;
- God will bless those who are stable. God will honor stability.
- God will make you ruler over much. God allowed you to go through this for his glory. This is just a test for Habakkuk was about to "go under" when he started this book. Destruction, violence, strife, conflict, injustice, and wickedness were all he could see. But he cried out to God and his cry did not go unheeded. The Lord not only answered his complaint but also provided the confidence needed to lift him from the quagmire. Habakkuk started in the pits, but ended on the mountaintop. His journey was not exactly an easy one, but it was certainly worth it.
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