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Where do you find strength in these challenging times?

YouVersion Bible Reading Plans have helped me to sharpen my focus on how I can live a life that is more reliant on God’s power than my own inadequate efforts. There are some Scriptures that have stood out, encouraging me to trust the Holy Spirit to continue His work of transformation in me:

Psalm 121 

I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth!

This is one of the most rock solid guarantees in the whole universe: the God who made it obviously understands it best, and is therefore able to anticipate any threat before it even arrives in our danger zone. What a mighty God we serve!

Job 42

12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning.

Job's story continues to shine as a model for every believer who is experiencing suffering on multiple fronts - followers of Jesus who have been targeted by the enemy for especially heavy attack. Job is honest with God, and the people in his life, about how he is struggling to understand why he is on the receiving end of such fury...but he never curses or denies the Lord - and God's final response is a surprising restoration that far exceeds everyone's expectations. Job's example is inspiring and life-giving to all who engage with his amazing testimony.

James 4

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favour to the humble.”

Although she preceded James by centuries, this verse perfectly describes the excellent role model that is Hannah. She kept her eyes on the Lord while pouring out her heart to Him...and He heard and answered her prayer of utter desperation.

Finally, one of my favourite passages in the Scriptures:

Philippians 4

11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Paul testifies here to the kind of spiritual maturity that reveals his unshakeable trust in God's unfailing love and enduring faithfulness. He challenges us to follow his example...