Strength and Power



1. God's strength vs. your strength:

A. God is infinitely more powerful than weak man:

                Psa.8:3,4 When I consider Thy heavens... the moon & the stars, which Thou hast [made]...what is man?

                Isa.40:15,17, 22      All nations before Him are as a drop of a bucket...less than nothing

                Dan.4:35 All the inhabitants of earth are reputed as nothing, none can stay His hand

                1Cor.1:25                [Even] the weakness of God is stronger than men

                (See also 2Chr.20:6; Psa.89:6.)

B. An honest view of man & his strength:

                Job 14:1,2      of few days...he cometh forth like a flower, & is cut down (See also Job 7:1)

                Isa.40:6-8               All flesh is grass...the grass withereth (See also Psa.90:5b,6; 103:15,16; Jam.1:10,11; 1Pet.1:24,25.)

                Job 8:9    We know nothing...our days upon earth are a shadow

                Psa.39:5,6               Every man at his best state is altogether vanity

                Psa.144:3,4             What is man? Man is vanity: his days are as a shadow (See also 1Chr.29:15; Psa.62:9; 90:10; Eccl.6:12.)

                Psa.78:39                He remembered they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away (See also Isa.2:22; Jam.4:14,15 .)

                Psa.103:14              He knoweth our frame...remembereth that we are dust (See also Gen.18:27; Isa.29:5,6 .)

                Job 25:6  Man is a worm

                Isa.40:22 The inhabitants of the earth are as grasshoppers

                (See also Job 4:18-20; Rom.7:18.)

C. God is able to do absolutely anything:

                Jer.32:27 I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me? (See also Gen.18:14)

                Job 42:2  I know that Thou canst do everything

                Psa.62:11                Power belongeth unto God

                Mat.19:26               With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible

                Mat.28:18               All power is given unto Me in Heaven & in earth

D. God has total power over man:

                Job 12:10                In (His) hand is the soul of every living thing, & the breath of all mankind (See also Dan.5:23)

                Job 12:13-25          With Him is strength...He increaseth the nations, & destroyeth them       (See Psa.75:6,7; 107:33-40.)

                Isa.43:13 There is none that can deliver out of My hand

                Psa.115:3                God...hath done whatsoever He hath pleased

                Isa.64:8   We are the clay, & Thou our potter; we all are the work of Thy hand (See also Isa.45:9)

                (See also 1Chr.29:12; 2Chr.20:6; Job 9:4; Psa.104:29, 30; Isa.40:23,25.)


2. Trust in the Lord, not your own strength:

A. Let God strengthen you with His strength:

                Eph.6:10 Be strong in the Lord, & in the power of His might

                2Chr.20:12              We have no might against this great company...neither know we what to do: our eyes are upon Thee

                Psa.20:7,8               Some trust in chariots, & some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God

                Psa.84:5  Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee

                Psa.105:4                Seek the Lord & His strength: seek His face evermore Isa.26:4 Trust in the Lord, in the Lord is everlasting strength

                2Cor.3:4,5               Not that we are sufficient of ourselves...but our sufficiency is of God

                Phi.3:3    We worship God...& have no confidence in the flesh

                (See also Exo.15:2; 2Sam.22:33; Psa.27:1; 68:28,35; 118:8; 147:10,11.)

B. He can do what you can't do:

                Zech.4:6 Not by (your) might, nor by power, but by My Spirit

                1Sam.2:9b              By [your own] strength shall no man prevail

                Psa.60:11                Give us help from trouble: vain is the help of man

                Psa.127:1                Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it

                Jn.15:5    Without Me ye can do nothing

                (See also Job 9:19a; Psa.33:16,17.)

C. Do what you can, but success depends on God:

                Pro.21:31                The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord

                Neh.4:14 Be not ye afraid of them: [but] remember the Lord great & terrible, & fight for your brethren


3. Our weakness causes us to depend upon God:

A. God's strength is manifest in our weakness:

                2Cor.4:7  We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the ... power may be of God, & not of us

                Isa.40:29 He giveth power to the faint; & to them that have no might He increaseth strength

                Psa.8:2    Out of mouth of babes...hast Thou ordained strength

                Psa.37:39                The their strength in the time of trouble

                Psa.73:26                My flesh & my heart faileth: but God is [my] strength

                Isa.25:4   Thou (art) a strength to...the needy in his distress

                Isa.41:10 I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee

                2Cor.1:8,9               We were pressed out of measure, above strength...but we (do) not trust in ourselves, but in God

                2Cor.12:9,10           "My strength is made perfect in (your) weakness"... When I am weak, then am I strong

                2Cor.13:4                We are weak in Him, but we shall power of God

                Heb.11:34               [Bible saints:] Out of weakness were made strong

                (See Psa.94:17,18)

B. When you have no other help, He'll strengthen you:

                Psa.72:12                He shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, & him that hath no helper

                Lk.22:43,45             [Jesus' disciples slept, but] an angel (came) from Heaven, strengthening Him

                2Tim.4:16,17          No man stood with me, but all men forsook me... the Lord stood with me, & strengthened me

                (See also Psa.27:10)

C. He will give strength day by day to keep you going:

                Deut.33:25b           As thy days, so shall thy strength be

                Mat.6:34 Take no thought for the morrow...sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof

D. When you have only little strength, the Lord will help you:

                Psa.37:24                Though he fall...the Lord upholdeth him with His hand

                Isa.35:4   Say to them that are of a fearful heart, "Be strong"

                Dan.11:34               When they fall, they shall be holpen with a little help

                Rev.3:8   Thou hast a little strength, & hast kept My Word


4. God can strengthen & use you:

A. How to receive God's power:

                Josh.1:5-9              Only be thou strong & very courageous...observe the (Word)...then thou shalt have good success

                2Chr.16:9                The Lord (shews) Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him

                Neh.8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength

                Psa.138:3                When I cried Thou...strengthenedst me with strength

                Isa.27:5   Let him take hold of My strength

                Isa.30:15 In quietness & in confidence (faith) shall be your strength

                Isa.40:31 They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength Dan.11:32 People that do know God shall be strong, & do exploits

                Mic.3:8   I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord...& of might

                Acts 1:8 Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you

                Eph.3:16 Strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man

                1Jn.2:14a                Ye are strong [because] the Word of God abideth in you

B. He strengthens you with His power:

                Psa.18:29-34          It is God that girdeth me with strength

                Psa.68:28                Thy God hath commanded thy strength

                Psa.68:35                God...giveth strength & power unto His people

                Psa.71:16a              I will go in the strength of the Lord God

                Psa.80:17                Let Thy hand be upon the man...whom Thou madest strong for Thyself

                Psa.84:5,7               Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee...they go from strength to strength

                Phi.4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me

                Col.1:11  Strengthened with all might, (by) His glorious power

                Mat.10:1,8              He gave (His disciples) power against unclean spirits

                (See also Judg.14:6,19; 15:14,15; Psa.8:2; Lk.10:19.)

C. Praise God for strengthening you:

                Psa.28:7,8               The Lord is my strength...I am helped...with my song will I praise Him

D. Give God the glory for working through you:

                Phi.2:13  For it is God which worketh in you

                1Pet.4:11                Let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified

                Isa.10:13,15            [Proud] saith, "By (my) strength...I have done it." Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth?

                Jer.9:23,24              Let not...the mighty man glory in his might...but glory in this, that he knoweth Me

                Acts 12:21-23        The angel of the Lord smote (Herod), because he gave not God the glory

E. Sometimes the Lord Himself wants to do the whole thing:

                Exo.14:13,14           Stand still, & see the salvation of the Lord...Lord shall fight for you, & ye shall hold your peace

                Judg.7:all               [Gideon & his 300 let God fight the battle His way]

                2Chr.20:15              Be not afraid...the battle is not yours, but God's

                2Chr.20:17              Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: stand ye still, & see the salvation of the Lord

                Neh.4:20 Our God shall fight for us

                Psa.18:17                He delivered me from my strong enemy...for they were too strong for me

                Isa.30:7   Their strength is to sit still


5. Don't trust in yourself:

A. Warnings against trusting in your own strength:

                Psa.52:5-7a            God shall destroy...the man that made not God his strength

                Psa.118:8,9             It is better to trust in the Lord man

                Psa.146:3                Put not your trust in...princes, nor, in whom there is no help

                Jer.9:23,24              Let not...the mighty man glory in his might...but glory... that he knoweth Me, that I am the Lord

                Jer.17:5   Cursed be man that trusteth in man, & maketh flesh his arm, & whose heart departeth from the Lord

                Jn.15:4,5 Without Me ye can do nothing

                (See also Isa.31:3)

B. What happens when you rely on your own strength & plans:

                2Chr.26:16              When he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the Lord

                Hos.10:13               Ye have reaped iniquity...because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men

                1Cor.10:12              Him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall

                (See also 1Sam.15:1-28; 28:4-25 & 31:1-8 re: Saul.)

C. He will deliberately let you fail:

                Lev.26:18-20          If ye will not...hearken...I will break your power...your strength shall be spent in vain

                Num.14:41-45        Go not up, for the Lord is not among you...but they presumed to go up [to battle, & were smitten]

                2Chr.16:7                Because thou relied on the king of Syria, & not on the Lord...the host (is) escaped out of thine hand

                (See also 2Chr.25:7,8)

D. Lack of strength often due to sin:

                Psa.31:10                My strength faileth because of mine iniquity

                Lev.26:27,36,         I will send a faintness into (your) hearts...& ye shall

                37            have no power to stand before your enemies

                Josh.7:12                (They) could not stand before their enemies...because they were accursed

                Judg.2:13-15          They forsook the Lord...(His) anger was against Israel ...they could not stand before their enemies

                (See also Amos 2:13-15)


6. Power when witnessing:

A. Power comes from the Holy Spirit:

                Acts 1:8 Ye shall receive power (when) the Holy Ghost is come upon you: & ye shall be witnesses

                Mic.3:8   I am full of power by the Spirit of the declare to Israel his sin

                Jn.6:63    It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing

                Acts 4:8,13            Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost...they saw the boldness of Peter

                Acts 4:31,33          They were filled with the Holy Ghost...& with great power gave the apostles witness

                1Thes.1:5               For our gospel came unto power

                2Tim.1:7 God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power

B. No man can stand up to the power of God's Spirit:

                Lk.21:15  I will give you a mouth...which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay (contradict) nor resist

                Jer.5:14   I will make My Words in thy mouth fire, & people wood

                Acts 6:10               They were not able to resist the wisdom & the spirit by which he (Stephen) spake

                2Cor.10:4                The weapons of our warfare are...mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds

C. It has to be by God's power:

                1Cor.1:18                The preaching of the the power of God

                1Cor.2:4,5               My preaching Spirit & power: That your faith the power of God

                1Cor.4:20                The Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power

                (See also Lk.4:14)

D. God can use you even when you're weak:

                Gal.4:13,14             [Paul witnessed to & won the Galatians even though suffering infirmity in the flesh]

E. God can take over & powerfully use you:

                Exo.4:10-12            I am not eloquent...I am slow of speech. The Lord said, "I will be with thy mouth, & teach thee"

                Jer.1:6-9  I cannot speak. Lord said, "Whatsoever I command thee ...speak. I have put My Words in thy mouth"

                Mat.10:20               For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit...which speaketh in you (See also Mk.13:11; Lk.12:12.)

                Acts 4:13               They...perceived (Peter & John) were...ignorant men, they took knowledge...that they had been with Jesus

                (See also 1Sam.10:6)


7. God's power vs. your adversaries' physical power:

A. For your spiritual battles, defending the faith:

                Jude 3b  Ye should earnestly contend for the faith

                2Cor.10:3-5            We do not war after (in) the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God

                (See also 1Cor.10:11)

B. If you must physically defend your loved ones or country:

                Lk.11:21  When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace

                Jn.10:11  The good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep

C. Fleshly "might" is no match for the power of God:

                1Sam.17:45             Thou (Goliath) comest to me with a sword, & with a spear...but I come to thee in the name of the Lord

                2Chr.32:8                With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord to help us, & to fight our battles

                Psa.9:19,20             Lord, let not man prevail...put them in fear: that (they) may know themselves to be but men

                Isa.31:3   The Egyptians are men & not God...when the Lord shall stretch out His hand...they all shall fail

                (See also Hos.1:7)

D. They may seem strong, but their strength has departed:

                Num.14:9                Neither fear the people...for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them

                Jer.46:17 Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise; he hath passed the time appointed [his time is up]

E. God decides the outcome, not physical, carnal might:

                1Sam.2:4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, [whereas] they that stumbled are girded with strength

                2Chr.25:8                God hath power to help, & to cast down

                Psa.33:16                There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength

                Psa.33:17                An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength

                Psa.35:10                The Lord deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him

                Psa.44:3-7              They got not the their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but Thy arm

F. You are not to trust in fleshly might to fight your foes:

                2Ki.18:21                Thou trusteth upon...this bruised reed...on which if a man lean, it will (pierce) his hand

                Psa.44:5,6               Through Thee will we push down our enemies: I will not trust sword (to) save me

                Isa.31:1   Woe to them that go to Egypt for help...because they are very strong; but look not unto...the Lord

G. You are not to fear the power of man:

                Deut.3:22               Ye shall not fear them: the Lord shall fight for you

                Psa.27:1-3              Of whom shall I be afraid? Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear

                Psa.118:6                The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

                Pro.29:25                The fear of man bringeth a snare

                Isa.2:22   Cease (fearing) man, whose breath is in his nostrils

                Isa.51:12,13            (Why) art thou...afraid of a man that shall grass; & forgettest the Lord thy Maker

                Jer.1:8     Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord

                Lk.12:4,5 Be not afraid of them that kill the body

H. God is on your side & you shall win:

                Deut.20:1               When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, be not afraid...for the Lord thy God is with thee

                Deut.20:4               Lord [will] fight...against your enemies, to save you

                Deut.31:8               The Lord...doth go before thee; He will be with thee

                1Sam.17:47             Battle is the Lord's, He will give you into our hands

                Psa.108:13              Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies

                Rom.8:31                If God be for us, who can be against us?

                (See also 2Chr.14:11,12; 20:12-25; Zeph.3:17.)

I. The armies of Heaven are on your side:

                2Ki.6:14-17             [Elisha said,] They that be with us are more than they that be with them

                2Chr.32:7,8,21        [Hezekiah said,] There be more with us than with him

                Mat.26:52,53          [God would] give Me more than 12 legions of angels

                (See also Josh.5:13,14; Psa.68:17; 91:11; Isa.37:33-36.)

J. You become far more powerful than your adversaries:

                1Jn.4:4    Greater is He that is in you, than the world

                Josh.1:5  There shall not any man be able to stand before thee

                Josh.23:9,10           One shall chase a thousand, for God fighteth for you

                (See also Deut.11:25; 28:7.)

K. God can help you win against overwhelming odds:

                1Sam.14:6               No restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few

                2Chr.14:11              Lord, it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power

                2Chr.16:8,9a           A huge host...because thou didst rely on the Lord, He delivered them into thine hand



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