Do you want victory in your life? The power to victorious living comes ONLY when we are resting in His might. Oh, how we all need to understand this.
Psalm 18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
The world tells us to, "be strong" and "only the strong survive." Yet the Bible tells us, "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of HIS might." We must understand that as Christians, we must not be strong in ourselves but rather we must be strong in the Lord-- allowing Him to give us the power we need to walk the Christian walk. It's when we say, "I give up," that God is most powerful in our lives. The Lord does things that we cannot comprehend. He sees things that we cannot see. When God asks a question, He already knows the answer! So when we put our situation in His hands, we know that He will take care of the matter. And when we stand in His might, we have true strength to fight any battle that comes our way.
Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who strengthens us. Strength is given to those who rely upon Him. The minute we rely upon ourselves, we are no longer relying upon God. It is He who gives us the power to overcome. The worldly man compares himself to his fellow man but yet man is nothing when compared to Almighty God! One man and God equals a majority. To be empowered with God's power, we are overcomers. He gives strength to the weary and rest to the one who is struggling.
Many of our US soldiers, stationed overseas are Christians who read our website and to them, we offer our encouragement in the Lord, praying for them to have a safe return. Regardless of what one may think of the war in Iraq, the dedicated soldiers, trying to establish peace in that region, and elsewhere deserve our support and we all should be praying for them every dayâ€”that God would strengthen them, protect them, comfort them, heal them and comfort their families. The Lord provides strength to the weary and He is our might!
As Christians, we LOOK to the Lord! But the evil and materialistic man does not make God his refuge, but rather leans upon his own strength:
Psalm 52:7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
But as Believers in Christ Jesus, our strength is exclusively in the Lord.
Below are just a few Scriptures that address the power of God and our relationship with Him. May these Scriptures minister to our hearts and may our every thought be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:15) It is God who gives us POWER. And you will observe from the following verses that whether it is the Old Covenant or the New, God is still the One His children relied upon. It was His strength, His might, His power, etc.:
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.
Proverbs 10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
Psalm 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Psalm 147:5-11 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
Psalm 59:9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defense.
Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
Psalm 86:16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
Psalm 68:35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.
Isa 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
Psalm 21:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
Psalm 71:16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Rom 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Psalm 27:1 A Psalm of David. 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 18:39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
Mic 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
1Cor 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
Zech 4:6 Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
Psalm 59:17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defense, and the God of my mercy.
Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
2Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Hab 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Isa 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
Psalm 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12, we read of how the great multitude (those left behind), will come out of great tribulation-- that they overcame the devil "by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony." The Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation, the blood of the Lamb cleanses us from all sin, and the word of our testimony is that the Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY Savior, and that He saves us from our sins and also EMPOWERS us to be overcomers in this life THROUGH the power of the Holy Spirit-- for it is IN the strength of the Lord-- in Him alone-- that we live, move and have our being. (Acts 17:28). May this truth take hold in our hearts today. When we are weak, He is strong. May we, as Believers, know the TRUE prescription for victory-- and may we solely look to Him for strength, being ever dependent upon Him!
The Lord Jesus said in John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Ephesians 3:16-21 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.