7 Ways To Find Strength In God
#1 Accept You Are Weak
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 advertisment
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
#2 Read And Meditate On God’s Word
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.
#3 Increase Your Time In Prayer
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. You can find it here.
Prayer is two way communication with God. Not only do you need to speak to God but He desires to speak back to you.
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.
#4 Trust And Obey
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.
#5 Worship Through To Victory
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.