If You Need Strength…

When people lack strength, the pray for strength, ask others to pray for them, or maybe they try to be strong with all their might. When we ask or even beg for strength, we too many times go away without it. Why? Because we don’t believe and receive when we ask or we don’t put into practice the things the Word says concerning strength. Maybe we don’t even know what the Word says about strength.

If we come to the Lord and simply believe all of these things, if we read and do whatever they say, we can accept and expect the strength – every time we need it!

What does the Bible say to do when you need strength?

Nehemiah 8:10 – The joy of the Lord is my strength.  If I need more strength, I need to be filled more with the joy of the Lord. I need to rejoice in the Lord and offer sacrifices of praise and joy.

Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is the strength of my life.   If I need more strength, I need to get more filled with the Lord. If He is my strength, when I am filled with Him, I am filled with strength.

Psalm 8:2 w/Matthew 21:16 – Praise is equated with strength. I put on my strength through praising God.

Isaiah 52:1-2 – AWAKE, AWAKE, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust; arise, sit [erect in a dignified place], O Jerusalem; loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion.

Romans 4:20 – I grow strong in faith giving glory to God.  If I need more strength, I need to give praise and glory to God.

Hebrews 12:1-3 – Consider Him to keep from growing faint and weary. If you feel yourself growing faint and and weary, take your eyes off yourself and put them on Him. Wait on Him so you can run and not grow weary and walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 – I am strengthened as I spend time waiting o the Lord.  If I need more strength, I need to spend time waiting on the Lord. I need to spend time in His presence exchanging my own puny strengths and abilities for His unlimited strength and power.

Philippians 4:11-13 – I can do all things, be content in any outward situation, through the strength He fills me with.  If I need more strength, I need to believe in Him in me and yield to that Greater One He is in me. I am not strengthened merely by saying this scripture but by actually drawing my strength from Him.

Ephesians 6:10 – In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

Psalm 18:39 – The Lord girds me with strength for battle and subdues under me those who rise up against me.

2 Chronicles 20:6 – And said, O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You.

They recognized that they didn’t have the strength in themselves. It is the Lord who girds me with strength for battle. The battle is the Lord’s, and I can win when my eyes are upon Him.

V. 15-16 – He said, Hearken, all Judah, you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says this to you: Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down to them. Behold, they will come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the ravine before the Wilderness of Jeruel.

Exodus 14:13-15 – Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest. The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward!

In both these cases the battle was the Lord’s but He gave them something to do, on one case to go out and face them and in the other to go forward. As they obeyed, the Lord did His part.

Psalm 29:11 – The Lord gives strength to His people and blesses them with peace.

Isaiah 30:18 – In quietness and confidence is your strength.  If I need more strength, I need to get quiet and get my eyes focused on the Lord and my confidence in Him and all my cares upon Him.

In summary, here are some things I need to do when I need strength:

  • Rejoice and let my joy abound.
  • Praise the Lord and give Him glory.
  • Wait on the Lord and draw strength from His presence.
  • Put on the strength He is and has provided.
  • Be strong in the Lord not in myself.
  • Let Him fight the battle while I look to Him trust Him.
  • Stay quiet and focused on the Lord.

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