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Bible Verses about Strength


The Holy Bible is a source of spiritual strength. Its people, stories, and insights answer life questions and support deeply held values. Bible verses offer solace during personal conflicts, give hope when life feels bleak, and reveal important truths about how we can find strength:

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the true source of strength

Bible stories testify of people who found peace, courage, and strength because they trusted in Jesus. You too can find strength to face your personal battles when you rely on Jesus Christ’s power. Here are just a few examples from the Bible about finding strength in the Lord:

  • “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
  • “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
  • “The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him” (Exodus 15:2).
  • “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11).
  • “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).

Why Jesus can offer you strength

As the Son of God, Jesus led a perfect life. He did not sin. But He faced temptations, just as we do. People He loved died. He was disrespected, disbelieved, ridiculed, and betrayed. He felt the things you feel; He has experienced your sicknesses and injuries and felt your emotional and physical pain. He experienced despair for sins, and He literally took the responsibility for every one of your sins when He suffered spiritual agony in Gethsemane and physical pain on the cross. As Savior, Jesus perfectly understands your hardships—and He offers you His strength to help you overcome or endure your trials and challenges if you will but turn to Him and seek His aid.

  • “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).
  • “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:3–5).
  • “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).
  • “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17).

How strength from Jesus can help you

Because Jesus suffered in so many ways, He understands perfectly your sorrows and your weaknesses. As the Son of God and Savior, He can help you in every situation: sickness, sin, personal sorrow such as the loss of a loved one, or uncertainty or doubt.

  • “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
  • “Know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins” (Matthew 9:6).
  • “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).
  • “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it” (Isaiah 25:8).
  • “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

How to gain strength through Jesus Christ

Bible stories teach us that we can draw on the strength of the Lord and feel the power of God in our lives through faith, prayer and fasting, and humility.

Find Strength through Faith

  • When Joshua felt unsure, the Lord admonished him to remain faithful: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9).
  • Because of Moses’s faith, the children of Israel could witness God’s power: “Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left” (Psalm 106:8–11).
  • Young David bested a giant in the strength of the Lord because of his faith: “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” (1 Samuel 17:45).

Find Strength through Prayer and Fasting

  • The Apostle Paul spoke to the Saints at Colosse about the importance of prayer: “We also . . . do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:9–11).
  • The prophet Isaiah taught about the importance of fasting: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? . . . Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward” (Isaiah 58:6, 8).
  • Esther saved a nation by accessing God’s power through fasting and prayer: “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).

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Find Strength through Humility

  • Jesus Christ was an example to all of great humility: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).
  • Jesus taught the multitudes the importance of humbly asking for guidance and help: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8).
  • The Apostle James taught the Saints of his day: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10).

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