“And he said, ‘O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!’ So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me’” (Dan. 10:19, NKJV).
This Scripture describes an interaction between Daniel and “one who looked like a man,” who spoke God’s message to him. I want you to see the correlation here between the command Daniel received, and its fulfillment. The Lord’s command to him was, “Fear not! Be strong!” And the next moment, Daniel tells us that he had received strength. What happened there?
God was not saying to him, “Pull yourself together. Dig deep inside yourself and come up with some strength.” No; rather, He was saying, “Receive strength. I am giving it to you through this command.” God’s strengthening power literally flowed to Daniel through the very command He gave him, to be strong.
Whenever God gives us a command, it works the same way. His command comes charged with the power for its fulfillment. He intends for us to meditate on His words, understanding that as we do so, His power is flowing into us to obey them.
- “In your anger do not sin” (Eph. 4:26, NIV). The power in this command charges our spirit with self-control. As a result, even when we feel angry, we can refrain from hurting those around us as we lean into His very present help.
- “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16, NKJV). These words impart God’s holiness to us. They say to our hearts, “I am holy and I am pouring My holiness into you and through you. Now, live out of this place of holiness that I am giving to you.”
- “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12, NKJV). With this command, Jesus is actually empowering us to love with a self-sacrificial love. His very words are depositing into our inner being a love that goes beyond the selfish standards of this world.
This is one of the reasons to fall in love with the Bible this year more than ever before. The more His words get into your spirit, the more empowered you will be. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63, NKJV).
So, open the Word and invite Him to speak to you as you read. As He pours out to you His Spirit-words, drink deeply. Receive their rich nourishment, their life-giving energy. And then get ready to have a victorious day, running on the strength of what you have imbibed!
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” (Col. 3:16, ESV).