The Bible contains hundreds of promises for you personally. They are not mere words, but as Jesus said, they are “spirit and life.”1 They are power promises that will strengthen your faith in God and propel you over any obstacle.
Here are a few that have been tried and proven by millions down through the ages. You can stand on them too!
When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you … when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.
-2 Samuel 22:2
Those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; you will stretch out Your hand … and Your right hand will save me.
Whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid. … The Lord is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.”
For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
-John 14:18 KJV
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
-1 Corinthians 10:13
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ.
-2 Corinthians 2:14
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
-2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
-1 Peter 1:6-8
May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect [make you better or stronger spiritually], establish, strengthen, and settle you.
-1 Peter 5:10
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When we feel we have nothing left to give
And we are sure that the song has ended,
When our day seems over and the shadows fall
And the darkness of night has descended,
Where can we go to find the strength
To valiantly keep on trying?
Where can we find that hand that will dry
The tears that the heart is crying?
There’s but one place to go and that is to God
And dropping all pretense and pride,
We can pour out our problems without restraint
And gain strength with Him at our side.
And together we stand at life’s crossroads
And view what we think is the end,
But God has a much bigger vision
And He tells us it’s only a bend.
For the road goes on and is smoother,
And the pause in the song is a rest,
And the part that’s unsung and unfinished
Is the sweetest and richest and best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load.
Your work is not finished or ended;
You’ve just come to a bend in the road.
-Helen Steiner Rice
Life is born of struggle. To enter this world, a baby must leave the comfort and security of the womb and make a difficult and perilous passage through the narrow birth canal. Before an eagle can soar to the heavens, it must push and peck its way out of the egg. Before a butterfly can delight us with its colors and grace, it must escape from its cocoon.
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We shouldn’t run from troubles, or cower when they loom ahead. We should ask God to lift us above them on the wings of prayer.
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A diamond cannot be polished without friction, without the jeweler’s chipping, grinding, polishing and buffing. Likewise a life cannot be brought to its full potential without undergoing some hardship.
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Pressed out of measure and pressed to all length;
Pressed so intensely it seems beyond strength;
Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul;
Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll;
Pressure by foes, and pressure by friends;
Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends;
Pressed into loving the staff and the rod;
Pressed into knowing no helper but God;
Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
Pressed into faith for impossible things;
Pressed into living a life in the Lord;
Pressed into living a Christ-life outpoured!
-Walter B. Knight
If you ever feel like the tests, trials and battles are more than you can bear and you just can’t make it, remember, the Lord is greater than they are! Take them to Him!
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Once a little boy was trying very hard to lift a heavy piece of furniture. His father came into the room, and noting his son’s struggle, asked him, “Are you using all your strength?”
“Yes, of course I am!” the boy impatiently exclaimed.
“Oh no, you’re not,” the father answered. “You haven’t asked me to help you!”
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Give me a task too big,
Too hard for human hands;
Then shall I come at length
To lean on You,
And leaning find my strength.
Can we think it pleases His loving heart
To cause us a moment’s pain?
Oh, no! But He sees, through the present cross
The bliss of eternal gain.
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Today we may walk a desert pathway, but the end of the journey is the Garden of God.
Naturally we wonder why “bad” things happen to us. God always has a purpose, although it is not always revealed immediately.
The Lord sometimes uses sickness, problems, and troubles to cause us to draw closer to Him and rely more on Him.-Otherwise we would have a tendency to just rock along.
Sometimes things happen just to keep us humble; sometimes they happen to draw us closer to others; sometimes they happen to make us pray; sometimes they happen to teach us to be more careful and prayerful; sometimes they happen to test our faith. God allows troubles for all kinds of reasons, but ultimately they all fulfill the same goal: to draw us closer to Him so that we can avail ourselves more of His power, and thus be filled with more of His love and joy.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). The Lord allows these things as tests to strengthen your faith and to get an even greater victory out of seeming defeat.
But always remember that whatever God does, He does it in love. “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord” (Romans 8:28). God is not going to let anything happen to you, His child who loves Him, except what is for your good.
Even though you may have many afflictions or difficulties, as the verse says above, He will deliver you out of them all, no matter how many or what!
I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken mast and sails;
I shall believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil worketh good to me;
And, though I weep because those sails are battered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered,
“I trust in Thee.”
I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,
And troubles swarm like bees about a hive;
I shall believe the heights for which I strive,
Are only reached by anguish and by pain;
And, though I groan and tremble with my crosses,
I yet shall see, through my severest losses,
The greater gain.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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No physician ever weighed out medicine to his patient with half so much care and exactness as God weighs out to us every trial. Not one grain too much does He ever permit to be placed on the scale.
Sickness and sorrow come to us all,
But through it we grow and learn to stand tall-
For trouble is part and parcel of life,
And no man can grow without struggle and strife,
And the more we endure with patience and grace
The stronger we grow and the more we can face.
And the more we can face, the greater our love,
And with love in our hearts we are more
The pain and the sorrow in lives everywhere,
So it is through trouble that we learn how to share.
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Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The secret is God’s Word! It’s the secret of power and victory and overcoming and fruitfulness and fire and life and everything.
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I am the Bible.
I am God’s wonderful library.
I am always-and above all-the truth.
To the weary pilgrim, I am a good strong staff.
To the one who sits in black gloom, I am the glorious light.
To those who stoop beneath heavy burdens, I am sweet rest.
To him who has lost his way, I am a safe guide.
To those who have been hurt by sin, I am healing balm.
To the discouraged, I whisper a glad message of hope.
To those who are distressed by the storms of life, I am an anchor, sure and steadfast.
To those who suffer in lonely solitude, I am as a cool, soft hand resting upon a fevered brow.
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The Devil can’t stand the Word. “Resist the Enemy and he’ll flee from you” (James 4:7). He’ll turn tail and run! Take up that white-hot sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and cut the Devil to the heart!
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.
It is impossible to despair when you remember that your Helper is omnipotent.
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Learning patience seems to be one of God’s most frequent lessons, yet one of our own rarest virtues, as it tests our faith and drives us to the Lord and His Word, to whom and which we might not otherwise give so much time and attention. It’s one way God has of getting our attention.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
-Helen Keller (deaf and blind her whole life)
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Talk happiness. The world is sad enough
Without your woes. No path is wholly rough;
Look for the places that are smooth and clear,
And speak of those, to rest the weary ear
Of Earth, so hurt by one continuous strain
Of human discontent and grief and pain.
Talk faith. The world is better off without
Your uttered ignorance and morbid doubt.
If you have faith in God, or man, or self,
Say so. If not, push back upon the shelf
Of silence all your thoughts, till faith shall come;
No one will grieve because your lips are dumb.
Talk health. The dreary, never-changing tale
Of mortal maladies is worn and stale.
You cannot charm, or interest, or please
By harping on that minor chord, disease.
Say you are well, or all is well with you,
And God shall hear your words and make them true.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Reflect upon your present blessings-of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must-but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow-
You might succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt-
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
1 John 14:2; Revelation 21:4.
2 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
1 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; 2 Timothy 2:12
2 2 Timothy 4:7-8
3 Revelation 3:21
1 Psalms 37:4; Romans 8:18
1 2 Corinthians 11:24-26
1 Philippians 4:11-12
2 Philippians 4:13
1 Philippians 4:7 and Romans 8:28.
1 Hebrews 4:15
2 2 Corinthians 1:4
1 John 13:17
2 1 John 4:8.
3 Hebrews 12:6-7,11
4 Jeremiah 31:34
1 1 John 1:9; Psalm 103:12-14 NIV
1 If you would like to know more about hearing from Heaven and how to receive personal words of strength, encouragement and instruction directly from Jesus Himself, the book Hearing from Heaven in the Get Activated! series will be a great help to you.
1 Isaiah 64:8
2 2 Timothy 2:21
1 Jeremiah 18:4,6
2 Romans 9:20-21
1 Ephesians 6:12 KJV
2 1 John 4:4
1 2 Corinthians 2:11
1 John 10:28-29
2 1 John 3:8
1 2 Timothy 2:3
2 2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV
1 Ephesians 6:13-18
2 John 10:29
3 Philippians 3:9 NIV
1 1 John 1:7.
2 Hebrews 4:12
1 Matthew 4:1-11.
1 2 Corinthians 5:7; John 20:29