Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Been put down, or have you been put upwards? What about your buds? Are you an encourager for em, or not so much?

Need the opposite of discouragement today.. kinda need some comfort?
There are times in everyone’s life when we need some encouragement and comfort. That’s one reason why I like reading the Bible, but better than merely checkin’ out a nice book.. God’s love letter to the Christian.. I like goin’ right to the Author of it cuz He so understands me and is the Solution no matter the challenge. Knows exactly.. precisely ..what to say to me, and what I need to do in every situation. He understands you too and is there for you. 
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  Psalm 9:9
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”  Deuteronomy 31:6+8
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10
Two of God’s most wonderful responses to us are, ‘Uh no!.. you've got to be kiddin’, and 'Wait a bit.’ But who likes to hear either from Him? Hey Buckeroo, glance back later on and if your eyes still semi-work you’ll indeed feel like givin’ thanks, Christian. There’s really no such thing as unanswered prayer.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.  Zephaniah 3:17
This world never seems to run out of discouragement and those who traffic in that weirdness, but we know exactly where to run.. when it’s crucial that we do so.. or not so crucial at all. Either way He waits with warmth and open arms. And He wants all of our friends to discover He’s there for them to run to as well. Go tell.    
“We seem to spend more time convincing the saved they can be lost than we do convincing the lost they can be saved.” — Leonard Ravenhill 
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