"For though He
was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God.
we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him
by the power of God toward you."
2 Corinthians 13:4
"Whom have I
in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
"... we were
burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired
even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves,
that we should not trust in ourselves but in God..."
wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many
noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish
things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God
has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame
the things which are mighty; and the base things of the
world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and
the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things
that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But
of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us
wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and
redemption—that, as it is written, 'He who glories, let him
glory in the Lord.'"
when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech
or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
For I determined not to know anything among you except
Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in
weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech
and my preaching were not with persuasive words of
human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and
of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of
men but in the power of God." 1
"Come to Me, all
you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and
lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For
My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
"Blessed is the
man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca [weeping],
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion."
"Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and of good
courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for
the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
days, so shall your strength be."
"Though the fig tree may not
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills."
"And my God
shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory
by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever
and ever." Philippians 4:19-20
“Blessed are the
poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
and to those who have no might He
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men
shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and
not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."
“Be strong and
of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the
Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not
leave you nor forsake you.”
honor God, not ourselves
"I will love
You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my
rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies."
"... we have this
treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the
power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed
on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in
despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not
destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the
Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our
body. For we who live are always delivered to death for
Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in
our mortal flesh."
"Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies
and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble,
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation
also abounds through Christ."
The victory is
God's, not ours
"...in all these things we are
more than conquerors
through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that
neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor
powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height
nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus
"Seeing then that
we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we
do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our
weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet
without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of
grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in
time of need."
"Now to Him who is
able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the
church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21