One thing we can know for certain is that life will throw unexpected mountains in our way. Everyone will deal with difficulties and walk through seasons of hardship.
Hard times can make us want to give up. We feel weak, unqualified, and weary. During those difficult times, it's always helpful to look to God and His word to renew our strength. We shouldn’t try to avoid every challenge, but instead, face the challenges knowing that they will strengthen us and make us better. The Bible is the perfect source of strength and encouragement when we need it the most.
1. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 ESV
God’s word to us is to not fear, and he promises to strengthen us, prepare us, and uphold us. Everything we need is found in God—He is our salvation, our refuge, and our rock. Instead of being afraid, we can praise in the midst of a storm.
Even in the middle of hardships we can have an everlasting hope because God is with us. When we look to our future we can have peace and trust that God is our fortress and shield protecting us from evil.
2. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV
In this passage, Paul is telling the church that they are called be on guard and aware of what’s happening. He doesn’t say that we should sit back and relax because everything will work itself out.
We’re likely going to run into things that can make us unstable in our faith. Circumstances can cause us to doubt God and ourselves, and then we shrink back and become weak. Paul wants believers to be steadfast in hope and be courageous no matter what we face.
3. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Ephesians 6:10 ESV
The good news is that we don’t need to be strong in our own power and abilities. By faith, we can be strengthened in Christ and in His grace. God sees all of our weaknesses and gives us access to the riches of His eternal strength.
This doesn’t negate our responsibility to make wise decisions and stay out of trouble, but it removes the pressure and feeling that we need to do everything independently. God reminds us often that He will never leave us alone. The good news is that we never need to carry things on our own; we have an ever present helper who is a light to our path.
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4. “Admitting a weakness is a sign of strength.”
– Andy Stanley
5. “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Romans 15:1 KJV
There are times when everything feels like it’s perfect. Your family, job, and friendships are all strong and healthy, and you feel unstoppable. There’s nothing wrong with that, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it.
Keep in mind that not everyone is experiencing the same thing. You probably know people that lost their job, have family problems, or are struggling with sickness. It’s your responsibility to use your strength to help them. When you’re strong, you are equipped to see who’s knocked down and help them back up.
6. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV
God gives us physical, mental, and spiritual strength for a purpose—to accomplish a variety of things in our life. What does it mean to love the Lord with all of your strength?
Our heart and soul are within us and unseen by others, but our strength is in the public eye. Loving the Lord with all your strength means loving with our actions. We can have love in our hearts and soul, and no one would know. When we use our strength to love, it’s seen and felt by others. The love you have for God can’t be only a private matter. Our love needs to impact the world around us and people should be blessed because of our actions.
7. “As believers, we can have boldness and authority, not because of who we are, but because of whose we are. Jesus is our strength.”
– Greg Laurie
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8. “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NASB
Have you ever been working on something and felt discouraged due to a lack of progress? You’re working hard every day, but it feels futile. In Nehemiah 8, there’s a group of people listening to the Law of God. When they hear the expectations of the law and compare it to their life, they start weeping.
Nehemiah reminds the people that their sorrow is making them weak and vulnerable. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so his joy is the same, regardless of our circumstances. We can experience the joy that strengthens us and empowers us to live a Godly life.
9. “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7 NASB
When we run into difficult circumstances, our first reaction is to avoid them. We spend a lot of our time figuring out how to avoid troubles, which is impossible.
Joshua instructs his people that they shouldn’t turn to the right or left. Instead, be strong and courageous to face whatever comes our way head-on. This is the path to success. If we turn to the side every time our enemies get in our way, we’ll end up walking around in circles and not make any progress or fulfills God's plans.
10. “God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:33 NLT
This verse is from a song that David is singing to God. As a king who fought in battles for the majority of his life, it’s eye-opening to hear where David got his strength from.
He could’ve said that his strength came from God. It’s also important to note that David gives credit to God for making his way perfect. When you read the stories of his life, it doesn’t seem to be perfect at all. David faced many struggles that we would run away from. But he knew that God was with him, giving him the strength and power to handle the obstacles he faced daily.
11. “God will always be there with us and give us the strength to meet the difficulties of life.”
– Wendell E. Mettey
12. “A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge increases power.” Proverbs 24:5 NASB
Did you know that wisdom is a source of strength? When you make it a point in your life to seek wisdom and grow in understanding, you will become stronger.
Strength is much more than how much weight you can lift at the gym. You need strength to navigate difficult situations and perform under the pressures of life. The best way to gain wisdom is humility—admitting you don’t know everything. When we’re humble, we can learn something from everyone.
13. “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.” 2 Timothy 4:17 NIV
There are times in life where you feel alone and worry that no one sees you or cares about you. But the Bible tells us otherwise. God will stand by your side and provide strength that's sufficient for our struggles.
Just knowing that someone is standing with us, ready to help, will encourage us. When we’re alone, it’s easy to give up. We assume that there’s no help available, and we aren’t afraid of disappointing anyone.