There are many times during our Christian experience when we are going through the challenges of life or the enemy is coming in like a flood, and we need to find strength in God.
But how do we do that? Where do we start?
It is my hope and prayer that this article will help you focus so that you can find strength in God that is promised by Him.
13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
In my own life when I find myself weak and feeling ready to give up, I look at whose strength I am walking in. Am I walking in my own strength? Or am I accepting my own weakness and relying on His strength to empower me?
9 times out of 10, I find that once again I am relying on my own strength, wisdom, or intellect rather than placing my trust in His strength.
The Apostle Paul learned the secret of finding strength in God. As he states in the verse above, the power of Christ works when he is in the midst of hardship
Beautiful girls and strong young men will grow faint in that day, thirsting for the Lord’s word.
The Bible is much more than a book. It is God's word to us. It is His written love letter. Jesus called likened it to food for the soul.
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Many times in my life when I have found myself weak it was because my soul was famished. I had not been reading and meditating on the God's word enough. When that happens then I refresh my memory about finding strength in God with these Bible verses about strength.
When you are weak or going through the battle I suggest that you double the amount of time and energy you are spending on soul care. Feed your soul with the word of God. It helps greatly.
Do this and you will overcome your situation.
1 John 2:14
I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one.
As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.
Early on in my Christian life I heard a teaching about prayer that taught me how to pray an hour a day without getting bored and losing my train of thought. I have modified it over the years and posted it as a help for people who want to learn how to pray like Jesus did.
If I am honest with you and myself, many times when I have gotten to the end of my rope and feel like I cannot go on, it is because I have let other things get in the way of my communication with God.
I would encourage you to think about how much time you actually spend talking to God and then stopping and listening to see if He wants to say something back to your heart.
There is an old hymn called "Trust and Obey." It goes like this.
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His word
What a glory He sheds on our way
While we do His good will
He abides with us still
And with all who will trust and obey
Trust and obey
For there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey
The scriptures put it this way.
[ The Blessings of Obedience ] “Therefore, be careful to obey every command I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter.
There has been more than one time in my life where I found myself at my wits end because I had become self-willed and was doing things my own way rather than obeying God and placing my trust in Him.
Take a moment to do an inventory of what is going on in your life. Are you obeying what God has told you to do? I am not talking about being perfect. I am talking about those things that you know God has been nudging or convicting you about.
What was the last thing God told you to do? Are you still doing it? Did you let a lack of trust cause you to make an excuse to not obey?
When we are obedient to follow the leading of the Lord then we find the strength in God we need to accomplish the task.
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
The power of music is amazing. It can touch our hearts in ways nothing else can. When you combine that power with the power of prayer, it has amazing results.
There have been a lot of times in my life when I was going through a tough struggle, that putting in a CD of worship and praise music restored my soul and gave me new strength.
O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.
I love the way the psalmist combines God with being his Strength, naming God "Strength." Obviously he is receiving strength in the midst of singing praises to God.
When was the last time you sat down by yourself and just spent some time singing to God one on one? I think that if you do so, you will find you will find the strength you are seeking.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
There is strength in numbers. When you are weak is when you need others to lift you up. Isolation will lead to eventual failure.
Consider again the verse that we started this article with. The Apostle Paul was writing to average everyday Christians that he struggled with being weak, yet he humbled himself to admit it and found the power to walk on.
One of the reasons we are not willing to admit our weakness is we really do not want others to think poorly of us. That is understandable but not biblical. One of the key reasons the church was founded by Jesus was to help each other in our times of weakness.
Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith.
When I am going through one of life's challenges, I make sure I am connected. I need people that will walk with me through these times. There is safety and strength in numbers.
14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Jesus didn't leave us alone to walk through life's challenges. He promised and sent the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and empower us with abilities beyond our own.
When we become born again, the Spirit of God comes to live on the inside of us. However at some point we need to receive His empowerment as well. I wrote an article on how you can be empowered by the Holy Spirit so I won't go into a lot of detail.
Suffice it to say that we are promised power when the Holy Spirit comes "upon" us.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
In the process of being those disciples everywhere there were a lot of trials and tribulations that came in their lives. The Holy Spirit gave them the power to overcome those obstacles so that they were able to accomplish their mission on this earth.
God did it for them. He will do it for you!
I hope that after reading this article you now have some clear direction on what you need to do to find strength in God during life's challenges.
Blessings to you!
We hope that this article been a blessing to you. To find more daily strength for your daily walk with Christ we suggest you check out our list of Bible verses about strength along with all the other great articles we have about finding strength in God.
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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