I wasn’t quite sure where to take this prompt, but in the end I thought I’d pass on some encouragement for your Friday. Here are five Bible verses that have encouraged me recently and I hope they encourage you too.
Psalm 139:13-14 “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous- how well I know it.”
Knowing that God designed and created me helps me to accept myself for who I am. I love how the phrase “wonderfully complex” in the NLT because I often feel my mind is just too complex and I don’t even understand myself at times, but this encourages me to accept who God has created me to be.
Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need.”
I’m doing a study just now on Lysa Terkeurst’s book “Univited” and one thing that has stood out to me is that we can either enter a situation feeling empty, looking for others to fill that emptiness, or we can enter it knowing God’s fullness, drawing our strength and acceptance from him and looking to bless others. This verse reminds me that God is with me, and that in him I have all I need, both for myself and to share with others.
Romans 15:13 “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Again, God promises fullness and abundance. If our hope is in him, he doesn’t give us “just enough” but he fills us to overflowing.
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?”
Remembering that God is bigger than anything or anyone we fear is powerful, and is the way to peace. As Lysa Terkeurst puts it: “The peace of our souls does not rise and fall with unpredictable people or situations…the peace of our souls is tethered to all that God is.”
Proverbs 31:8 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.”
This encourages me in something I believe God is calling me into, not to be silent but to speak up and make a difference for others.
What Bible verse have encouraged you recently? Feel free to share in the comments.
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