Whether in an official position of ministry or during the course of our everyday living as salt and light in this world, we need God’s power to be effective. We must pull on His strength and sustenance, always remembering Jesus’ words in John 15:5. He said, “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.
Bible Verses about our Source of Ministry Empowerment
When we consider the following truths about God’s power, it seems rather foolish to rely on our own strength and abilities.
One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done.” (Ps. 62:11-12)
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (Ps. 147:5)
Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. (Jer. 32:17)
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Lk. 18:27)
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Rom. 1:20)
… his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms … (Eph. 1:19-20)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Cor. 4:7)
Bible Verses Showing God’s Power Sufficient for All Situations
As we serve we’ll be faced with temptations, weaknesses, and spiritual battles. We may want to give up or compromise. The following verses show us that we can rise above whatever comes our way when we rely on the right Source of power.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Cor. 10:4)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:9)
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (Eph. 3:16)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (Eph. 6:10)
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, (Col. 1:11)
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Pet. 1:3)
Bible Verses Specifically Geared to Empowerment in Ministry
The following verses show the strength, confidence, and grace we can find when we rely on God’s power to teach, preach, witness, or serve in any other capacity.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses … (Acts 1:8)
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Cor. 2:4-5)
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (1 Cor. 4:20)
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. (Eph. 3:7)
because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (1 Thess. 1:5)
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. (2 Thess. 1:11)
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Tim. 1:7)
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Pet. 4:11)
Bible Verses Suggesting the Logical Response to God’s Power
When we acknowledge God as the Source of ministry empowerment, finding His power to not only be sufficient but even exceed our needs and expectations, how can we not issue forth in praise and honor to Him?
We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Ps. 78:4)
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. (Ps. 150:2)
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)
If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Pet. 4:11)