Finding Strength During Difficult Seasons

God’s strength is truly amazing. God’s strength helps me to carry on when I feel like giving up and I can’t go on, it helps me to move forward when all I’m doing is looking into the past, it helps me to face my fears, to let go of the things that are worrying me and causing me anxiety, and God’s strength gives me hope and keeps me going. Through the tough and difficult times, through the brokenness and the pain, and through the disappointment, rejection, and heartbreak, God’s strength has helped me and continues to help me.   

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13.

Philippians 4:13 was one of the first verses that I memorised from the Bible. It’s a verse that really spoke out to me and still does today. It’s a reminder that no matter what I may be going through or what I am doing, through Christ I am strengthened. During those difficult times, it’s a wonderful verse to remember and to speak throughout the day. We all go through many difficult times throughout our lives, it can happen at any time. But it’s during those times that I look at and remember God’s Word. God’s Word is a constant reminder of all His wonderful promises to us.

God’s strength gave Moses the courage to go back to Egypt to demand the release of the Israelites from slavery, bring them out of Egypt and part the Red Sea. Through God’s strength David was able to defeat Goliath and Noah built a huge ark for his family and himself and big enough to hold two of each animal, and then they spent many days on the water. Joseph was sold by his brothers and taken down to Egypt as a slave, and was also put in prison, but through God’s strength he carried on and after the many things that had happened to Joseph, he was eventually appointed by Pharaoh to be second in command. Through much suffering, Paul was filled with God’s strength. Even whilst he was in prison, he remained joyful and hopeful and confident that God would continue to help him. (As we can see in the verse from his letter to the Church of Philippi and in verse 4:13.) 

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“Friend, maybe God is calling you to step out in courage today. Maybe your heart has been broken in the past. Maybe you have lost a loved one. Maybe you’ve had to move on from a job, a church, a neighborhood or a calling, and your heart is still grieving. Sometimes we find ourselves running a race we never chose to enter. Hold on to hope and look for His glory on the path. In His strength, we can soar to the finish line.”⁣ – Dorina Gilmore.

I recently read a post, in which Dorina Gilmore talks about something called the Second Wind. She explains that this is when an athlete becomes out of breath and thinks that they can no longer go on, but then all of a sudden they get a surge of energy, which is called the Second Wind. Dorina says that “God can infuse us with a second wind when we chase Him on the trail of life.⁣” Which is so true. Although I haven’t experienced this through physical activity such as athletics, I have experienced this through the storms in life. I have been left feeling exhausted, tired and heartbroken and it feels so easy to just give up, the feeling that I can’t carry on and that this is how it’s going to be. But it’s in these moments that God has met me there and I have felt His amazing strength fill me. He is faithful and as Dorina says, God infuses me with that ‘second wind.’ 

“I began to experience God’s Presence in a powerful way when I put one foot in front of the other on the trail. My brain had space to process. My heart exhaled and cried out in prayer. And God met me there.⁣”

Dorina Gilmore.

In those moments when we feel weak, God’s power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9.) We are made strong in our weaknesses. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

When I give all of my worries, my anxieties, my fears, all of the things that are weighing me down, when I surrender and give them to God, I feel an instant calmness and peace fill me. The things that are weighing me down, making me feel tired and are making me feel weak, dissolve away and I feel stronger. And I look to God’s Word and remember His promises. 

“The only way you can get stronger is by letting God sit in your weakness.
We get to experience God’s completed strength when we identify and give him our weaknesses!”

Transformation Church.

The Bible is filled full of amazing ways in which God’s strength helped so many people. I have listed a few of my favourite verses about God’s strength below:

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”
Habakkuk 3:19

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
Psalm 28:7

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:10

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Isaiah 40:29

“ So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:26

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
Psalm 18:32

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Psalm 46:1

God took what the enemy meant for evil and He turned it for good.

In Japan, there is a tradition of repairing broken pottery by placing the pieces back together, and mending the areas that are broken with lacquer mixed with powdered silver or gold. The pot is not only made whole again but the areas that were broken are illuminated and made beautiful. And this is what God will do with our brokenness and our scars. He will put all of our broken pieces back together again, He will mend our broken hearts. Although we may have scars, God turns everything into good. We are made strong through our brokenness and weakness. 

What we have been through helps us to learn and grow, it helps us to keep on trusting God, it brings us closer to God, and what we have been through can help someone else who is going through the exact same thing. In my own personal experiences, God took what the enemy meant for evil and He turned it for good. (Genesis 50:20) God has led me through those dark times, It has brought me closer to Him, I have grown stronger and my faith has gotten stronger. And like the pottery that has been beautifully repaired, my scars are beautiful reminders of how God has helped me, protected me, how He has saved me and how He never gave up on me. And it’s that strength that He has infused within me that helps to get through a tough and difficult season. 

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

Genesis 50:20.

My prayer for you today is that through Christ you are strengthened, that whatever you are currently going through, you will feel God’s amazing and wonderful strength flow through you, and know that no matter what you may be facing, God is right there with you and He’s not going anywhere. When you are feeling weak, remember God’s promises, He will strengthen you, He will uphold you, He will make the impossible possible, He will protect you, He will guide you and His love for you is never-ending.

“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

Jeremiah 29:11

“I am a child of God and He loves me. He is always with me, and therefore I will not fear. I can do all things through Christ, who is my strength. When I feel weak, He encourages me to keep pressing on. I am bold, courageous, and confident in Christ. No weapon formed against me shall prosper because greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world!” – Joyce Meyer.

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