Do you depend on the strength from the Lord or your own strength? I can say with confidence that the majority of us rely on our own strength most of the time. As I was studying these verses, I wondered if we even know how to rely on the Lord in these days of self reliance. There are many verses on strength in the Bible, but I chose these because they teach us how to gain strength during times of weakness.
1. “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NASB).
Are you content with your weaknesses or do you strive to cover them up? Many people are too proud to admit their weaknesses or difficulties. We go to church wearing a mask, pretending that all is well, when instead our world is falling apart around us. So in order to have the power of Christ, we must be real. We must admit our weaknesses to others.
2. “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” Eph. 6:10 (NKJV).
A strong Christian realizes that his/her strength comes from the Lord. The more we humble ourselves, the more the Lord will strengthen us. Remember God gives us His strength and His might.
3. ” Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever” 1 Peter 4:11 (NASB).
God supplies the strength to those who are willing to serve. Many in our churches today want to be served. Our speaking and our serving must glorify God. Do we ever try to rob God’s glory by taking credit for His strength?
4. “For You have girded me with strength for battle” 2 Samuel 22:40 (NASB).
When it is time for battle, the Lord will gird you with strength, but you must meet all the conditions in the verses above in order to have it. If you fear the future, then learn to lean on the Lord. He will provide the strength at the time it is needed.
5. “Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually” 1 Chronicles 16:11 (NASB).
Do you seek the Lord when you pray? Many people pray and do all the talking, but few actually take the time to listen to the Lord in prayer. In order to seek the Lord, you must ask Him what His will is and what He wants you to do. If you want to rely on the Lord’s strength, then you must learn to seek His will continually. Remember seeking = listening.
6. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 (NKJV).
Remember that the Lord is the strength of your life, not you, your paycheck, nor your family and friends. The Lord does not give us a spirit of fear, so trust the Lord. We fear, when we lack trust in the Lord. The safest place in the world is to be in the center of God’s will. Many of us are afraid to trust the Lord, because we don’t want Him to ask us to do something we are unwilling to do. Isn’t it actually more scary to live outside the will of the Lord and do our own thing? “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” Hebrews 10:31 (NKJV).
7. “But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble” Psalm 37:39 (NKJV).
Who will be your strength during your time of trouble? Will it be you or the Lord? If we know how to seek Him in prayer, He can tell us how to handle a fearful situation. This verse also says that the Lord is the strength of the righteous. Are you living a righteous lifestyle? Many who claim to be Christians live unholy lives. Do you think the Lord will be their strength during times of trouble?
8. “No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield”
Psalm 33:16-20 (NKJV).
Who do you depend on to keep you safe? Is it the police, the army or your gun? Notice this verse is conditional. The Lord will take care of those who fear Him. He can deliver you from death or famine. But what about all the Christians being martyred for their faith? God does not necessarily deliver them from death, but anyone who dies for their faith is immediately safe in heaven. Heaven is a place of peace, rest and no more suffering. If someone is living in an area where persecution is high, are they better off in heaven or where they are?
9. ” But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV).
Do you know how to wait on the Lord? We do this by looking for His will and waiting for His will. We cannot jump ahead of His plans. We wait upon the Lord in prayer and by studying the Word. Both of these will renew our strength.
10. “If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail” Isaiah 58:10-11 (NKJV).
Last but no least, the Lord promises to guide and strengthen those how help the poor. There are so many verses on the Bible about feeding the poor. Many of our churches today have left this up to the government. This is one of the reasons why our country suffers from a mountain of debt, which can never be paid.
I believe we are living in the last days. Our nation has been threatened by our enemies and the world seems out of control. We need to put our trust and hope in the Lord for our strength and our protection. Those who know how to pray and study the Word will be able to stand firm during the evil days.