Words of Encouragement – Part 3

Promises of Salvation

A child will be born for us. A son will be given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. He will me named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Indeed, the Son of Man has come to seek and to save people who are lost. Luke 19:10

God loved the world in this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but have eternal life. John 3:16

Don’t be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me. My Father’s house has many rooms. If that were not true, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again. Then I will bring you into my presence so that you will be where I am. John 14:1-3

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved. Acts 16:31

The reward for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8

When Anxious or Impatient

Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord comes again. See how farmers wait for their precious crops to grow. They wait patiently for fall and spring rains. You, too, must be patient. Don’t give up hope. The Lord will soon be here. Brothers and sisters, follow the example of the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. They were patient when they suffered unjustly. We consider those who endure to be blessed. You have heard about Job’s endurance. You saw that the Lord ended Job’s suffering because the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:7-8, 10-11

Then Jesus said to his disciples, „So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat or wear. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. „Can any of you add an hour to your life by worrying? If you can’t do a small thing like that, why worry about other things? „Don’t concern yourself about what you will eat or drink, and quit worrying about these things. Rather, be concerned about his kingdom. Then these things will be provided for you. Luke 12:22-23, 25-26, 29, 31

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan. Romans 8:2

Trust the LORD, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful. Be happy with the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Entrust your ways to the LORD. Trust him, and he will act on your behalf. He will make your righteousness shine like a light, your just cause like the noonday sun. Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:3-7a

When Discouraged

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When may I come to see God’s face? My tears are my food day and night. People ask me all day long, „Where is your God?“ I will remember these things as I pour out my soul: how I used to walk with the crowd and lead it in a procession to God’s house. I sang songs of joy and thanksgiving while crowds of people celebrated a festival. Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you so restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise him. He is my savior and my God. My soul is discouraged. That is why I will remember you in the land of Jordan, on the peaks of Hermon, on Mount Mizar. One deep sea calls to another at the roar of your waterspouts. All the whitecaps on your waves have swept over me. The LORD commands his mercy during the day, and at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life. I will ask God, my rock, „Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk around in mourning while the enemy oppresses me?“ With a shattering blow to my bones, my enemies taunt me. They ask me all day long, „Where is your God?“ Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you so restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise him. He is my savior and my God. Psalm 42

Dear friends, even though we say these things, we are still convinced that better things are in store for you and that they will save you. God is fair. He won’t forget what you’ve done or the love you’ve shown for him. You helped his holy people, and you continue to help them. Hebrews 6:9-10

God our Father loved us and by his kindness gave us everlasting encouragement and good hope. Together with our Lord Jesus Christ, may he encourage and strengthen you to do and say everything that is good. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

What can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us? God didn’t spare his own Son but handed him over to death for all of us. So he will also give us everything along with him. Who will accuse those whom God has chosen? God has approved of them. Who will condemn them? Christ has died, and more importantly, he was brought back to life. Christ has the highest position in heaven. Christ also intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or violent death separate us from his love? As Scripture says: „We are being killed all day long because of you. We are thought of as sheep to be slaughtered.“ The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties. I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can’t be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation. Romans 8:31-39

Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble. Psalm 55:22

I’ve told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you’ll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

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