The world today is overrun by polytheism, nepotism, greed, and a struggle for position and power.
With each passing day, we see prophecy being fulfilled and things that the Bible spoke of are now coming to pass. We ought not be ignorant of the times because clearly we living in the last days. The writer of Matthew 24:6-8 wrote:
“And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you not be troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Where there is the beginning of sorrow, it implies that at some time or another we all need encouragement. Not only are we to encourage ourselves in spite of what’s happening in our own situation, God requires of us to be light in the world and to be a source of hope, comfort and consolation to each other.
These next few Bible verses have encouraged me and lifted my spirit in dark times and it is my hope that they will do the same for you today.
We need strength
1.) Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with my [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. – Isaiah 41:10 AMP
2.) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9 ESV
3.) God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. – Psalm 46:1
Proof of God’s faithfulness
In spite of the difficulties and the situations that confront us, there is proof of God’s faithfulness
4.) No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful and he will not let you to be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
5.) The Lord also will be a refuge and a stronghold for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble; And those who know your name [who have experienced your precious mercy] will put their confident trust in you, For you, O Lord, have not abandoned those who seek you. – Psalm 9:9
6.) Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generation. – Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV
We must never lose hope
7.) Now may God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace as you believe, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 ISV
8.) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But you must let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. – James 1:2-4 ISV
Don’t allow anything to distract you
9.) Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. – Isaiah 49:13 NIV
10.) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2 NIV
11.) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23
To focus our minds on the human nature leads to death, but to focus our minds on the SPirit leads to life and peace. – Romans 8:6 ISV
He [God’s] promise to guide
12.) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. – Psalm 32:8 ESV
13.) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
14.) His word is a lamp unto my/your feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105
God’s everlasting love and His covenant
15.) No power in the sky above or the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:39
16.) For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. – John 3:16 NASB
God hear and answer our prayers
In the midst of all the noise, chaos and confusion, God hears and answer prayers.
17.) Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. – Jeremiah 33:3 NASB
18.) This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14 NIV
19.) When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue and honor them. – Psalm 91:15 NLT
Be patient while you wait
20.) Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. – Psalm 37:7
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