Staying strong is hard in a world like this. It seems like trouble comes out to attack at nearly every area of your life and it practically leaves you paralyzed mentally, physically, and even spiritually. You may be going through a bout of depression right now. You may have lost your job, got broken up with, or are having a difficult time at school or work. Maybe you’re feeling abandoned or abused by your loved ones? Whatever storm you may be walking through right now, I pray that this article plants a seed of strength in your spirit–a strength that comes from God–and that you feel and acknowledge that God is with you, holding your hand through it all.
God is our strength, we cannot be strong by ourselves. We are not designed to handle everything on our own. Our humanity is what makes it so tough to find strength and maintain it in trying times. When we try to be strong on our own, that’s when we crumble and burn out. We may look to the world and other people for strength but if we don’t involve God, that strength will fade out and we are left weak again. It’s important to remember that we cannot sustain ourselves with our own fire (Isaiah 50:11). We must acknowledge God as our source of strength and not find strength in ourselves. This “inner strength” will not get us far. As believers, our strength is found in God and only in God. There’s so much scripture to back up this claim, but I will give you just a few:
- Psalm 73:26 says, “my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.” Our flesh is weak. So therefore, our own strength is insufficient; our emotional and mental human strength is nothing compared to that which comes from God. Ask for God to show you just how mighty He is!
- Philippians 4:13–“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Although this verse is heavily projected in the media, it is one of the most important reminders when it comes to trying to do something on our own. We do not pull ourselves towards victory, instead, it is God on the other side of our storm pulling us through our thorny forest of a situation. We must give credit to Whom it’s due 🙂
- And 2 Corinthians 4:7 pretty much sums up this whole point: “…the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (KJV)
We must ask God to help us see the bigger picture. A lot of times when we’re under huge stress and feel weak, we may become obsessed with what’s going on in the here and now. It’s hard to look beyond today. Stress vision causes us to become short sighted and lose our eternal focus. We neglect the bigger picture and become confused about what God is doing. It’s so easy to forget that what we go through is a huge part of our journey and God’s will for our lives. Seeing the bigger picture (or looking at things from God’s point of view) is imperative for staying strong because we can see that God is only shaping us and writing our testimony that will bring others closer to Him. God is using you for His glory.
God uses our troubles to grow us and not to destroy us.
If you ever feel like giving up on life, don’t. Take some time and breathe and ask God why you are here; why did He put you on this earth. God has waaay too many good things planned for you to even begin thinking so negatively. We must know that God is using our adversity to teach us about ourselves, life, and ultimately, Him! What we go through will only bring us closer to our purpose and will prepare us for it. I say so many times, “roses do not grow without rain.” The rain is needed for our growth and development and will make us experience joy more deeply–especially after we’ve overcome our pains.
Do what you can do to keep that strength: Immerse yourself in prayer; talk to God with your whole heart. Be transparent. Tell Him how you feel at the moment and how much you really need Him. Where is your faith? Put all of your faith in your conversation with Him. Be quiet and listen to what He has to say to you. Let God direct you. Get into the word of God. The bible is life’s manual. In it, God provides the answers to every question you have about life including your circumstances. Read about Jesus’ life. He has faced everything we as humans have dealt with and will ever go through in this world. We have a God who can beautifully empathize with us and relate on a humane level. As long as you have God and keep that faithfulness and consistency, you will sure see His hand at work. You will be healed. He promises you healing–especially in eternal life–and answered prayer. (Matt. 21:22, Is. 53:5)
More Helpful Verses
- Isaiah 41:10–“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.“
- Romans 8:26–“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.“
- 2 Corinthians 4:8-10–“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.“
- Isaiah 40:29-31–“He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.“
- 1 Peter 5:10–“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.“