Strength Through Scripture

by | Nov 9, 2021

I wrote in my last blog about how I learned that our problems, needs, and challenging circumstances are often an opportunity for us to experience God’s unique qualities and capabilities. If we invite Him into our situation, He moves on our behalf to provide solutions we never considered, resources we lack, healing we require, and insight and revelation we need. My experience is God’s intervention is always a process and Holy Spirit provides guidance, direction, encouragement, and support through scripture. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite verses – the light that showed me the way through the darkest nights, longest delays, and scariest news. 

The Bible is different than any other written book in that the author, God Himself, interacts with us as we read, providing illumination and revelation through Holy Spirit. Have you ever had the experience of reading a familiar passage when you received fresh insight into its meaning and application to your life? God’s Word is also different because it is imbued with power that is released when we read it, meditate on it, and speak it aloud. The truth of God in Christ can set us free from false beliefs, demonic strongholds, emotional pain, bad habits, and generational sin (John 8:36.) Romans 12:2 exhorts us to “be transformed by the renewal of your mind” and the best way to do that is to saturate our thinking with the Word of God. 

  • God is the Living Word – active and powerful

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes out of My Mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55: 10-11)

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof (or rebuke), for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

  • God is our Help and Strength

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12)

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

Jesus looked at them and said, With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?Jeremiah 32:27

Finally, be strong in the Lord and the strength (power) of His might. (Ephesians 6:10)

  • God is our Source of provision

And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) 

God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in all things, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  . . . For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  (Matthew 6:25, 32)

Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep asking Him. (Matthew 7:9-11 AMP)

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My House. And thereby put Me to the test, says the LORD of Hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. (Malachi 3:10)

“. . . give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

“Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 AMP)

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! (Psalm 84:11-12)

  • God’s Love overcomes our fear

And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him. (1 John 5:14-15)

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)

There is now therefore no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11-12)

. . . no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17)

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:4-5)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  . . . NO, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8: 35, 37)

“I have said these things to you, that in ME you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed. (Psalm 21:11)

  • God is Hope – the confident expectation of Good

But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. (Lamentations 3:21-25)

Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 AMP)

Trust the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on [depend on, rely on]) your own understanding. In all your ways [every situation and circumstance], acknowledge Him [look to Him for advice, guidance, and direction] and He will make your path straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in Him. (Nahum 1:7)

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubles, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

I encourage you, when like me, you feel overwhelmed, distressed, worried, anxious, frustrated, angry, disappointed, or any other emotion that the enemy uses to steal your peace, love, and joy – that you read, ponder, and confess scripture. I think you will be amazed at how quickly the devil will flee from you when you resist him with the powerful truth of God’s Word. (James 4:7)

 

*Words of Jesus in italics

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