The Lord Stood With Me And Strengthened Me

2 Timothy 4:16-18, “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me…, Notwithstanding the THE LORD STOOD WITH ME, AND STRENGTHENED ME; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 
  The Holy Ghost is our strengthener. Paul was in a terrible situation. He talks about all those that were in Asia (present day Asia Minor) who forsook him or turned against him (2Timothy 1:15). He was not just experiencing rejection from one or two people, this was a whole region. How in the world was he going to fulfill his assignment when all that was around him was rejection and opposition? Somebody else was standing with him. He did not need the help of man, he needed the help of God. 
  They all forsook him, but the Lord stood with him. HE DID NOT HAVE TO HAVE THE STRENGTH FROM THE SUPPORT OF SOMEONE ON THE OUTSIDE. HE HAD THE STRENGTH OF THE HOLY GHOST FROM THE INSIDE. It is nice when we get support on the outside, but we have inside support. Everyone of us will face circumstances or situations where everybody seems like they leave us and we face rejection. The Holy Ghost on the inside of us will give us strength. He is in us to strengthen us. At our weakest point He is there to strengthen us. 


  We have to renew our mind and then we have to be conscious that He is on the inside of us. When we are conscious that He is on the inside of us and we turn within for His strength, He will strengthen us. 


Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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