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Welcome! Welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every week, I join a few blogging friends to bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these devotionals help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you.
The Bible verses
In light of the crisis that our communities, countries, and the world is facing, I am going to do things a little differently. Instead of selecting only one verse of encouragement, I have selected some Bible verses to bring a little hope in crisis.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.”
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”Lamentations 3:21-23. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases… Click To Tweet
“But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.”
1 Peter 3:15
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
“Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”
“Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.”
1 Timothy 2:1-3
“ First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them. 2Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God. This kind of prayer is good, and it pleases God our Savior.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”John 16:33. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Click To Tweet
I pray that these Bible verses on have encouraged you today. Yes, we are living through a global crisis. Sickness and death is the sad and tragic reality of many in areas with rampant outbreaks. Fear and anxiety is growing among many communities now or soon to be under lockdowns or sheltering in place orders.
There is a lot of uncertainty. While our healthcare professionals are working hard to prepare for or are already working hard to care for the flood of cases, many of us are living in a strange new normal of social distancing or isolation. We don’t know what tomorrow holds.
But no matter what, please do not lose hope. Our communities – our loved ones, our coworkers, our neighbors – need us to listen to our local officials and follow the orders given.
Philippians 2:4 reminds us: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” We are all in this together. Our actions and attitude will affect others – for good or for bad. Let us all choose to do good, for ourselves and for others.
Hold on to hope.
What verse has touched your heart this week? Share in the comments below!
Be sure to also visit my fellow bloggers and read their encouragement for your Thursday as well:
- Trisha of Joy of Reading
- Nicole of The Christian Fiction Girl
- Jessica of A Baker’s Perspective
- Becca of The Becca Files
- Gina of Stories by Gina
- Rev. Rebecca Writes
- Andi of Radiant Light
- Leslie of Words of Hope
- Claudia of By Claudia Moser
- Keneesha of Women Loving God’s Way
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