TITLE: Supernatural Assistance When You Don’t Know Where To Turn for Help!
GREEK WORD WITH ENGLISH TRANSLITERATION: enischuo
STRONG’S CONCORDANCE #: 1765
MEANING: to strengthen; to make strong
ENGLISH WORDS DERIVED FROM:
BACKGROUND OF WORD (ETYMOLOGY): comes from two Greek words meaning “in” and the second word meaning “to exercise with force”.
HOW TRANSLATED IN KJV, NASB AND/OR ESV: strengthened; strengthening
# OF TIMES USED IN THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT: 2 times (Luke 22:43 and Acts 9:19)
KEY VERSE IN THE BIBLE WHERE GREEK WORD USED:
Luke 22:43 – “And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him.” ESV
Acts 9:19 – “Acts 9: “and taking food, he was strengthened.” ESV
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Have you ever known a time when you felt alone in the challenge you were facing? On the night of Jesus’ betrayal, He must have felt that way. He asked His closest disciples – Peter, James, and John – to come apart and pray with Him in those last hours. But every time He came back to check on the three men, they were sleeping. Jesus was experiencing a great spiritual battle and extreme pressure that night; that’s why He wanted His closest disciples to assist Him in prayer. However, that night they were not found faithful.
But when Jesus could find no one to stand with Him in His hour of need, God provided supernatural assistance! Luke 22:43 says, “And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him.” This supernatural strength made up for any lack of support from His three closest disciples.
When Luke writes that the angel “strengthened” him, he uses the Greek word enischuo. This is a compound of the words en and ischuos. The word en means in, and the word ischuos is the word for might or strength. Normally in New Testament times, the word ischuos was used to denote men with great muscular abilities, similar to the bodybuilders in today’s world. But when these two words en and ischuos are compounded together, the new word means to impart strength; to empower some¬one; to fill a person with heartiness; or to give someone a renewed vitality. A person may have been feeling exhausted and depleted, but he suddenly gets a blast of energy so robust that he is instantly recharged! Now he is ready to get up, get with it, and get going again!
This means that when Jesus’ disciples and friends couldn’t be depended on in His hour of need, God provided an angel that imparted strength, empowered, and recharged Jesus, renewing His vitality with the strength needed to victoriously face the most difficult hour in His life! After being super¬charged, Jesus was ready to face the Cross. He awakened His disciples and said, “Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand” (Mark 14:42).
Maybe you’ve had a time in your life when you felt trapped and alone. Perhaps you thought your friends would help you, but now you feel like they let you down at a time when you really needed them. Don’t let desperation take over! Your friends and family may have fallen asleep on the job, but God hasn’t fallen asleep! He is absolutely committed to seeing you through the situation you are facing right now. And if necessary, He will provide supernatural assistance to recharge you and keep you moving full steam ahead. You may be tempted to feel isolated and alone, but if your spirit’s eyes were opened just for a moment, you would see that you are not alone at all! He is surrounding you with the Holy Spirit’s power, angels, and anything else needed to keep you going forward! Just remember, God will provide Supernatural Assistance When You Don’t Know Where To Turn for Help!
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK: Remember – regardless of the particular battle or situation you are facing in life, God will always come to your assistance. If no one else is faithful, God will see to it that you receive the strength and power you need to victoriously overcome in every circumstance. Supernatural assistance is yours today!
QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER
1. Can you recall some very desperate situations in your life when you felt trapped – like there was no way out – but suddenly the Lord filled you with strength and brought you through victoriously?
2. Can you think of two times in your life when you were absolutely aware that God was supernaturally filling you with the special strength you needed for that exact moment? If so, why don’t you take a few minutes to write down those memories and think about God’s faithfulness to you?
3. Has there ever been a particular situation in your life when you sensed the presence of angels on the scene, ministering on your behalf?
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK: Lord, I thank You for this word from your Word that has spoken to my life today. It’s true that I feel very alone and trapped in the situation I’m facing right now. I don’t know what to do, what step to take, what to say, or where to turn. I’ve tried to give the problem to You, but in some way I’ve continued to carry part of the load by myself, and it is starting to break me. Right now – at this very moment – I am throwing the full weight of my burden and cares on Your huge shoulders! I thank You for taking this burden from me and for filling with me the strength I need to press through this time in my life! I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.