In the world today, we all encounter or are exposed to challenges which if not handled properly can throw one off balance or course. Here is a question for us to consider, what will make you and me discouraged? Quite frankly, it can be the smallest of things that can cause one to be discouraged, and in like manner, it can be the smallest of things or news that can cause one to be encouraged. Irrespective of what side of the spectrum you might find yourself, the Bible gives you and me this encouraging hope [an anchor for our soul] which says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.” Read John 14:1 (AMPC). “Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option.” Read 2 Corinthians 4:8 (TPT). Watch this, “Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Read Joshua 1:9 (AMPC).
I hear words like, ‘it’s a jungle out there.’ In other words, referring to the struggles of life, and that only the strong will survive. As the people of God, we can’t and should not embrace such languages because God has said, “Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” Read Matthew 28:20 (AMP). And I am here re-echoing what the Scriptures are saying for you and me to not and never be discouraged. You might wonder out, why use the word never? Good question, and its because God said: “LET NOT YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED…” This is enough for me because the Word of God is sufficient.
My Father in Heaven, thank You for keeping me in perfect peace because my mind is stayed on thee. Your Word which says, “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character] Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].” Read Isaiah 26:3 (AMP).
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