Running on Fumes? Sis, Let These Empowering Bible Verses Fuel You!
Monday, July 12, 2021
If you’re like us, in times of uncertainty you look for a good book to uplift your spirits or affirming words to make you feel good. But what happens when the self-help we turn to doesn’t cut it? In an article by Jeannie Cunnion for Propel Women, she explains, “The best self-help strategy is admitting how much the self needs the Spirit for authentic, lasting, radical change.” This explains why our efforts only take us so far — we’re looking within ourselves for something only God can provide.
We’re not discrediting the effectiveness of books or affirmations, but when they are rooted in what we can do to help ourselves and don’t direct us to seek the Holy Spirit for help, it’s no wonder why we end up right back where we were.
Ladies, don’t head into the year’s third quarter feeling like you’re running on fumes — we’re here to help you fuel up with the empowering Word of God!
On the Blessed + Bossed Up Podcast, host Tatum Temia reminds us to “acknowledge how you feel, but stand on what you know.” On those days you need it the most, we encourage you to reflect on these empowering Bible verses, speak them over your life, and make time to sit at the Father’s feet to regain your strength.
These empowering scriptures remind us that we can’t do it on our own, nor do we have to. We have an all-knowing, all-powerful God backing us up.
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
How comforting it is to know that we can rest in God. When it feels like we’re carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders, He can handle it. In those moments when you feel overwhelmed, remember nothing is too hard for Him. This scripture assures us there’s no need for heavy baggage and gives us permission to travel lightly.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 (NIV)
The enemy has one goal: to knock us off our post. He wants to distract us with what we’re going through so we’ll forget how big our God is. But here’s the thing: The enemy always uses the same tactics to throw us off, and if we’re mindful of that, we know how to fight back. When negative thoughts play on a loop in your mind, recognize that those thoughts are not from God and return them to sender. Remember, God has a plan for your life and it involves you flourishing at your best.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
When things don’t go our way, we tend to take matters into our own hands, and that’s how we get off track. What feels like a solution can turn into a setback because we don’t consult God and rely on our own strength to get us out of a problem. Sis, we don’t have to do it alone; we have a wise God who wants what’s best for us. Reflect on his track record when you need to be reminded of His faithfulness.
“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.” Romans 8:18 (NLT)
You’ve heard the saying, “The best is yet to come,” and this empowering Bible verse reminds us that God is going to give us greater when we give Him time to do so. He knows what we need and when we need it. Are you willing to wait on His timing? There’s always an upgrade on the other side of our waiting.
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart …” Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT)
You have been predestined for where you’re called. Sometimes, we wonder if we’re equipped to do what we’ve been purposed to do, but God knew who you were and what you were capable of when He chose you. Before we tell God what we can’t do or how we’re the one for the calling, remember that He knows you. We also recommend listening to “You Know My Name” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard featuring Jimi Cravity when you need to be affirmed.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
Life can feel lonely at times. We’re comforted by this scripture because we know that we don’t have to go through life alone. Whether we’re grieving, starting over, or simply trying to navigate this journey called life, we have a mighty God who is with us every step of the way.
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