He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. – Isaiah 40:29

tylb-god-strengthens-meOne of the key principles in taking your life back is to recognize how powerless you are—on your own—to change. But that’s just the first step. The next is to recognize where the power you need will come from. Isaiah says it comes from God himself. And Zechariah echoes this idea: “It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord” (4:6).

What a relief! Change is based not on our ability but on God’s power. And as Isaiah reminds us, we are talking about

the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
Isaiah 40:28

That’s who is waiting to give us power and strength. So as we work at understanding our past and its effect on our present, we must do so in complete dependence on God.

By ourselves, we can’t do it. But we never have to do it by ourselves.

Ask Yourself
What are some specific situations in which you feel weak and powerless to change?

What can you do to remind yourself to depend on God’s power and strength, not your own?

Ask God
God, it’s so easy—and so futile—for me to try to change on my own. Help me to remember that you are my power and my strength. Give me the courage to trust in you.

Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.