How many times have you thought to yourself, “I can’t do it”? Despite your feelings of weakness and inability, Scripture has a lot to say about mental strength. As we go through some powerful Bible verses for mental strength, you will find encouragement, hope, and guidance in learning to rest in God’s strength.
As someone who can very easily get discouraged in tough times, I tend to feel mentally weak, often. Whether it’s something big or small, I have found myself mentally giving up or giving in more often than not.
So how do we grow our mental strength as a woman of God according to Scripture, not the world’s standards? Let’s dive in.
What does the Bible say about mental strength?
Where does our hope and strength come from as believers?
Thankfully, our emotional strength doesn’t come from our own abilities or thoughts.
Our mental toughness doesn’t come from our own knowing of what’s best or forging our own path.
As a child of God, our hope and strength comes from Christ within us.
Scripture reminds us that Christ is our ever-present help and the Holy Spirit is at work within our hearts.
God’s might will carry us in moments we can’t press on, and our mental strength will begin to thrive as we learn to endure and lean on the Lord.
As a woman of God, we draw our strength from the Lord and, in my experience, we must do so daily.
It isn’t up to us to be strong, but our strength comes from Christ alone. We don’t have to muster courage or pull ourselves up after a tough season.
Hope, whether it’s after a bad day or a season of darkness, comes from the Lord alone.
However, how do we actually find hope and strength in the Lord?
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How to cling to the strength of the Lord
While the hope of the Lord is always there, ready to carry us through the storms of life, God sometimes can feel distant if we’re not regularly seeking Him.
Use these simple ideas to help you press into God’s strength and find hope in the Lord, even in impossible situations.
Dive into Scripture
God’s word is living and active. It has the power to penetrate our souls and affect our minds. When we know the Word, we can refute the lies of the enemy and distinguish truth from the ploys of the evil one.
There is no better place to draw mental strength from the Lord than through His Word. Start small, even five minutes a day, reading and studying the Bible.
The Lord will meet you in your quiet time and arm you with strength to fight whatever battles come your way.
Psst… this is my favorite tool for studying the Bible (even if you’re a complete beginner!)
As you spend time in the Word of God, it will sustain you and you’ll learn to draw strength from being still before the Lord.
Personally, when I feel hopeless or discouraged, I find there is a drastic change when I step aside into a quiet space, get on my knees, and pray.
While I’m not focused on praying elaborate prayers, this time becomes more about me entering into the presence of the Lord and humbling myself before my Heavenly Father.
We know from Scripture that our joy comes from being in God’s presence and it’s when we seek His face that the Lord fuels us with strength for the journey.
As we enter into the presence of God, we’re able to remember His faithfulness and be filled with gladness at the works of His hands.
It’s there where His joy will permeate our heart and minds, and we can rejoice that the troubles of this life are only momentary.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Memorize Scripture to meditate on in hard times
Reflecting on Scripture is a powerful way to combat discouragement or hopelessness.
Grab this free list of Bible verses for depression to saturate your mind with Scripture, fill you with God’s peace, and strengthen you in the storm. (They’re perfect for anyone experiencing hardship, not just battling depression and anxiety.)
While we may try all sorts of things to grow our mental strength on our own, apart from Christ, nothing will sustain us or help us move past our strongholds.
As we lean into our hope and joy in the Lord, our emotional health will be strengthened and our relationship with God will be fortified.
Keep a hope journal
Journaling is a powerful way to remember God’s faithfulness and fill your weary soul with hope when you feel week.
A hope journal can help you cling to God’s hope by reflecting and remembering God’s faithfulness of the past. When you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances, try hope journaling to remember the times God has “rescued you from the pit” in the past.
3 Kinds of mental strength in the Bible
Learning to rely on God can bring immense freedom from the struggles that keep us stuck and overwhelmed.
Freedom from fear
For so long, fear ruled my life. It led my decisions and dictated a lot of what I did. But God’s power can overcome it all and we can find freedom from fear.
Use these Bible verses on finding freedom from fear to arm you with truth when you feel overwhelmed by fear and haunted by the unknown.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.
“But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Freedom from anxiety
If you struggle with stress, worry, and anxiety or any other mental health issues, Scripture has encouragement for you. There is freedom and true peace in your struggles at the foot of the cross.
The Lord is refuge for you in moments when you feel like you can’t press on and when the burdens of this life feel too much to bear!
Choose to meditate on God’s Word and renew your mind with truth, instead of relying on how you’re feeling or your current circumstances.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Freedom from negative emotions
Our emotions can be valid but they should not dictate our lives. While emotions aren’t wrong, if they overtake us and are the things that guide us, then we may miss God’s truth.
Use God’s Word as your true compass and ask the Lord to lead you with His truth, and not be led by your own feelings.
Remember that you have the Holy Spirit inside you to lead you and guide you. The Fruit of the Spirit are evidence of spiritual growth and a life dedicated to the Lord.
Over time, the Lord will refine your character and help you to look more like Him. There is victory in Christ from the negative emotions that threaten to consume you and keep you stuck!
Cling to these Bible verses as you seek to overcome negative thoughts and emotions with God’s help.
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.
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Favorite Bible verses about mental strength and emotional health
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.
1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
He Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
How to use Bible verses on mental strength to move forward
Pray Scripture as a way to stand firm in spiritual warfare
There is so much power in praying Scripture. As we speak truth aloud, as we proclaim it over our lives, God moves. We know, as mentioned above, that His Word is alive an active.
Ephesians 6 reminds us that it is our offensive weapon against Satan and the power of God will help you stand firm in spiritual warfare!
As we pray Scripture over our times of struggle, we will see the hope and joy and victory of the Lord seep into our lives.
Choose an “anchor verse” above that you relate to and write it down as a prayer. Spend a few moments each day or multiple times a day praying these over your mind and heart.
Let this verse become an anchor for your life when you’re overwhelmed and struggling.
Make your quiet time a cornerstone in your life
I can tell a night and day difference when I start my day in the Word and when I don’t.
When I do, patience abounds. I find joy and gratitude in little things. I see God working and I rely on Him when I struggle. When I don’t, I feel as though I’m drifting through my day, cast back and forth by my circumstances.
Spending time daily in the Word is like connecting to our source. We are the branches and He is the vine.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5
We need to remain in Christ and in His Word in order to bear fruit and see the joy and hope that He has for us.
We are created for community.
Fellowship is a powerful way to find strength and hope in our most difficult seasons.
If you are struggling, I would encourage you to get connected in Christian community. And if you have a church community, reach out to them. Share your struggle with some trusted people.
If you do not, find a local church or Christian community that you can reach out to. Allow them to welcome you and minister to you. We can hold each other up in difficult seasons and bring the light of Christ into each other’s most difficult moments if we let others in.
Surround yourself with Scripture
Surround yourself. Not just opening your Bible once each day or even a journal but print them, write them out, post them everywhere.
Don’t let any inch of your day go without Scripture somewhere for you to see, especially in difficult times.
I love writing on post its or printing Scripture cards and posting them in areas I see: my bathroom mirror, behind the kitchen sink, on the kids playground in the backyard, in my car.
When you allow Scripture to surround you, your mind can’t help but be saturated with truth. And there is power in God’s Word.
Where can you place Scripture throughout your day to surround yourself with truth?
If you are really struggling, I would encourage you to think about additional support through Biblical counseling. I, myself, have gone through it several times for some more serious times of struggle or traumas that I have worked through. Also, I’ve reached out and found counselors in times where I was just dealing with a lot and unable to sort through it myself.
Finding a professional who can help you untangle the thoughts in your mind and speak truth into those places is a powerful and healing experience.
I’ve just searched Christian counselors in my area and found some that way. Consider reaching out to your pastors for their great connections.
If you feel you need more help, don’t be held back by the fear that this isn’t okay. Reach out and allow healing into your life!
So where do we find our mental strength as Christians? Scripture, God’s presence, community, prayer. Christ’s power will sustain us when we feel weak. Allow Him to minister to you in this time and strengthen your mind and heart. Trust God’s faithfulness to pierce through the darkness and meet you in the challenges of life.
May these inspirational Bible verses on mental strength help you cling to the hope of these Lord in difficult situations. May you trust the Almighty God to supply you with physical and mental strength during times of need. When you’re in a stressful time, remember God’s faithfulness and draw strength from the Sovereign Lord. He is faithful!