Inside: Is life bringing you down? God promises us help and strength! Use these 6 Bible verses for strength in hard times. God will help you through!
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Have you ever seen one of the strongest men or women in the world? These muscle-builders are ripped, and muscles are defined, obvious, and encompassing the whole body.
Whether you like the look or not, it is impressive.
Have you ever wondered how much time, energy, and pain that
Trying to Get Muscles Without the Pain and Energy
As a mom of a young teen, my son has been trying to bulk up for football. His friends have been telling him to eat more and drink protein shakes.
However, I’ve been telling him to get in the weight room. The problem is: one way is a whole lot easier.
Can you figure out which one?
One requires energy, pain
The truth is: getting into the weight room will cause discomfort.
When gaining muscle mass, the muscles need to be torn. The fact
Drinking a protein drink sounds easier, doesn’t it?
Bulking up requires the time, energy, and the pain to get big muscles. It commands going back to the weight even when the muscles are sore and fatigued.
Therefore, while I’m not planning on being any sort of muscular girl, I want strength in life to overcome the hard things that pass my way.
Hard Times = Life
With 100 percent certainty, I can say I will encounter seasons of life that will overwhelm me and cause uncomfortable feelings and pain.
Friend, I’m certain you will come across your own troubles and pain.
So the question is: do you want to take the easy way out or find the strength to get through?
What’s your default when tough times come your way?
- Do you isolate?
- Become bitter?
- Drink or medicate your problems away?
None of the actions above will give you any muscle for dealing with the circumstances of life.
God is the Only Way
God knew that we’d need encouragement and strength for living on Earth, and He gave us help in His word. click to tweet
As long as we have breath, God has a plan for our lives including the tough times.
We can rest assured that these times are going to be a way for Him to grow us and make us more like Him.
Friend, we can trust Him in hard times!
We may think that we don’t have what it takes to make it through, but God’s help isn’t limited.
When we ask God to help us, we can lift the weight of life even when we are sore and fatigued.
Why Pain in this Life?
You might be thinking: great, but why does God allow us to suffer in this life?
Friend, I get this, and I’ve asked myself this question too many times, but I tell myself that God allowed Jesus, His dear son, to suffer and didn’t withhold the pain that was brought to Him.
Through Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, the Father was glorified. He will use our circumstances to make us more like Him.
We can trust God when we suffer in life!
Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering. The love of God is of a different nature altogether. It does not hate tragedy. It never denies reality. It stands in the very teeth of suffering. The love of God did not protect His own Son. The cross was the proof of His love – that He gave that Son, that He let Him go to Calvary’s cross, though “legions of angels” might have rescued Him. He will not necessarily protect us – not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.
― Elisabeth Elliot
All these struggles are a growth process making us more like Christ even though we might feel like it’s a gross process where all our humanness comes out; we can rest solidly in God using it to make us better.
The key is
Strength in Hard Times
Find your balance.
When we read our Bibles, use prayer, find fellowship with other
We can pull in close to God. Let the hard times push us to God
Hard times are the chance to grow in greater faith.
Let God help us lift the heavy weight of pain and suffering.
The size of your storm is often an indication of the significance of your life ~Steven Furtick (click to tweet)
Keep trusting using faith and hope.
Your Father will bring you through.
Maintain a log of God’s faithfulness in your life.
Page back through Scripture to see His faithfulness.
Don’t rely on self.
We have the default to over-do-it. Draw from God.
Visualize victory with God.
God’s track record is that He brought others through their hard times, and He will help us.
Find encouraging and supporting friends.
We can deal with the difficult parts of life when we have friends giving us encouragement and inspiration.
6 Bible Verses for Strength in Hard Times
(1 Peter 5:10, NLT).
10 In his
kindnessGod 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.
(Hebrews 12:12, NLT).
12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.
(Isaiah 41:10, NLT).
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.
3 More Power Verses
(2 Chronicles 16:9, NLT).
9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.
(Philippians 4:13, NLT).
13 For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength.
(Habakkuk 3:19, NLT).
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,[a]
able to tread upon the heights.
Strength isn’t something we wake up with, but rather it’s action on our part. Putting the energy, time and patience
We can try and go it alone and be more willing to give up and give in when life is hard.
The best way through the hard times of life is drawing on God’s strength and using His word to talk to our weariness. (click
Every hard time is gaining muscles for us of faith. We can get through anything when we trust and draw on God’s strength!
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