But the Lord said to me, “Tell them, ‘Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.’” – Deuteronomy 1:42, NIV
Has God given you a God-sized assignment? Maybe He has called you to start a new business, minister to a unique group of people, or make an unconventional career change. When you consider the skills you lack that are normally required to be successful, the assignment can seem overwhelming. In these moments, have the faith to succeed instead of fearing failure.
“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
Weak women find their strength in God! We learned in the previous blog post that it is okay to be weak. God’s strength is perfected through human weakness. We must surrender ourselves to God and allow Him to work through us.
While you may acknowledge that God is all-powerful, it can still be hard to resist the temptation to work in your own strength. How can you build your reliance on the Lord? The answer is found in His word. It is alive and able to transform your mindset. The Word of God will deliver you from the desire to do life without Him.
Today I am sharing 13 scriptures for weak women. Read these scriptures and write them down. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand and believe the Word of God. Journal any revelations you receive while meditating on these scriptures. Most importantly, recite these scriptures out loud daily as if you are taking a vitamin supplement. Each time you declare the Word of God, your spirit will become more receptive to relying on His strength.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
How would you describe yourself? Grab a pen and take a moment to write down a few adjectives. Your list may include words such as:
Loving Adventurous Giving Resilient
While these are beautiful qualities, have you ever described yourself as weak? WEAK?!
I can see you cringing. Most women do not want to be called weak. It is an insult. We want to be seen as strong individuals, who are confident and capable of handling whatever comes our way. Our culture affirms the strong woman stereotype and we are led to believe that we should always exude strength.
Thankfully, the standards of this world are not God’s. As His daughters, it is okay for us to be weak. No one is purely strong. There are areas of our lives where God has blessed us with the ability to thrive. Similarly, there are also areas where God has purposely allowed us to struggle. God does this to build our dependence on Him and prevent us from making idols of ourselves.
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” – James 1:12 (NASB)
“I just want this to be over!”
I am sure we have all expressed this sentiment during tough times. Unemployment, grief, illness, heartbreak, and other seasons of hardship are uncomfortable and painful. We would love for them to be over with the snap of a finger. The reality is that the only way out of hardship is to go through it.
God’s timing is not our own, so we cannot place a time limit on a season of hardship. The end of one week, month, or even year does not guarantee the start of a new and better season of life. We may very well remain in the same season or enter a more difficult one.
Being a Christian does not exempt us from life’s hardships. In fact, God intentionally uses hardship to discipline us. This form of discipline is not meant for harm. Rather, God uses it to reveal His character and build ours.
You will no longer anticipate the end of a season of hardship when you embrace God’s purpose for it in your life. How can you accomplish this? Ask yourself these four questions:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1, NIV
Faith is the belief that God will fulfill His promises even when they seem impossible. We place our faith in God for many things including healing, provision, protection, and deliverance. God is faithful. He provides us with the breakthrough we need which often results in a boost to our faith.
But what does our faith look like from the moment we first believe until God answers our prayers? I can attest that there are seasons where I stand confidently in God’s ability. I believe wholeheartedly that God will make a way for me. There are also seasons where my faith wavers or is nonexistent. Fear creeps into my heart when God doesn’t answer my prayers in my timing or when I face unexpected hardships along the way. Continue reading “Faith Over Fear”→