I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year when I really need a bit of encouragement.
The fun of the holidays is long past, the anticipation of the new year has fallen into a winter routine, the resolutions I believed would be good habits are sporadic at best, and well, it’s easy for me to find myself experiencing the end of January blahs.
Yep, I need encouragement.
Did you know that many of the synonyms of “encouragement” are words we use in our faith conversations every day?
Words like: faith, inspiration, hope, comfort, and trust.
Did you also know that the definition of giving “encouragement” is to – inspire someone with courage?
The truth is . . . people who are inspired by the hope and encouragement that comes from Christ Jesus, should be the most encouraging individuals on the planet.
But we often need encouragement to be encouraging.
So, I’m running to Jesus, and here are just some of the verses that are giving me hope and encouragement this week:
♥ Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.1 Peter 5:7
♥ Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Philippians 4:8
♥ Have you never heard? Have you never understood?Isaiah 40:28–29
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
♥ I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.Philippians 4:13
♥ I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.Psalm 16:7–8
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.
A Prayer for Hope and Encouragement
Father, Some days the darkness and gloominess weigh heavy on our hearts. News reports are discouraging and people around the world are hurting. Oh, how we need hope. We need courage and strength. We need more of You!
So, I run to You and I thank you for Your Word. Your promises fill me with hope and encouragement as they remind me that You are always with me. I am not alone. I am blessed by the presence of Your Spirit who gives me peace and strength and everything I need to live with faith.
You also give me all I need to fight my spiritual battles. You help me fight temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), You help me take negative joy-robbing thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), You give me strength (Psalm 68:35), and You help me carry my burdens (Matthew 11:28).
Your Word and Your Spirit give me hope and encouragement. I thank and praise You. Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and always. Amen.
As I look back over old posts and devotions, I realize I’ve written many words on the subject of hope and my need for courage. It may be because I spent so much of my life carrying around the burdens of fear and anxiety.
God doesn’t want that for me and He doesn’t want that for you either. He wants us to live with hope encouraged by His promises. He wants us to experience the blessing of knowing, trusting, and loving Him through faith in Jesus. He wants us to be filled with His Spirit.
I believe that’s what He means when He says He will give us everything we need when we SEEK His kingdom above everything else. He may not give us the health and wealth we think we want. He won’t fill the news with joy-filled accounts of kindness and love and He may not give us sunshine on a gloomy blah winter day…
- By His divine power, He will give us everything we need for living a godly life. 2 Peter 1:3
- He will give us wisdom . . . ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. James 1:5
- He will extend mercy and comfort us . . . God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3
- And His Holy Spirit will produce this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22–23
And the truth is when I think about . . . that is everything I need.
God is good! He faithfully gives you and me a future filled with hope and encouragement.
If you need a little more encouragement from Jesus that will fill you with hope – check out: 20 Promises of Jesus that will Give You Hope.
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