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Wednesday

10 Bible Verses of Encouragement on The Promises of God - plus FREE PRINTABLE


We all need encouragement and the best place to go is to the Bible.

In this blog Post I have tried to gather some Bible passages or Bible verses which will encourage us all around the topic of God's Promises.







I do believe that we should not just grab a verse and read it on its own but we should always lift our bibles and read a passage of scripture to make sure that we know the real meaning and context of each of the verses we are putting our trust in. 

I pray that you will do the same and only use this list to guide you as to where you may find help.



So here are 10 Bible verses or short passages for us to turn to in times when we need to be encouraged about those Promises God has made to us.


Because these are
 




1. God's Faithfulness

Deuteronomy 7 v 9

Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, 
the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations 
with those who love him and keep his commandments. 




God is faithful to keep His covenant (promise) with all those who love and obey Him.
When we read about the Covenant God made with His people in the Old Testament we can see how sacred and important He considered it to be.



2. God's Presence

Joshua 1 v 9

Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, 
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. 




Many times we just quote the latter part of this verse and in fact when we were leaving Northern Ireland to go and live in Belgium and feeling rather inadequate because I did not speak French or Dutch I was given this lovely picture below and I have loved having it as a reminder of this promise of God ever since.







3. God's Guidance


Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye. 




God has promised to teach us the way to go through this life.
He has promised to be our guide. 




4. God's Strength

Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; 
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, 
they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  




Look at all the benefits spoken of here in this verse yet only one thing is required of us  -  to wait on the Lord.
Take the time to just wait on God, read His Word, think on His Word, memorize His Word, hold it close to our hearts and we will know these benefits.




5. God's Care & Help

Isaiah 41:13

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand.
Saying to you, 
'Fear not, I will help you.' 



God cares enough to hold our hands through everything, He is promising to care for us and help us and will do not need to be afraid.



6. God's Mercy

Isaiah 54:10

For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you. 




God has promised we will never be without his kindness and peace because He has mercy on us and that mercy is forever and ever - even when this world is over. 



7. God's Love

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believes on him should not perish 
but have everlasting life. 




God has promised to love us forever and the outworking of that is His gift of Salvation for us when we put our trust in Him. 



8. God's Provision

John 6:35

Then Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. 
He who comes to me shall never hunger, 
and he who believes in me shall never thirst." 




We never have to worry about anything because God is all-sufficient and can provide us with everything we need in our Spiritual Life.



9. God's Heaven is our Hope

John 14:2

In My Father's house are many mansions; 
if it were not so, I would have told you. 
I go to prepare a place for you. 




God has promised the greatest thing of all - HOPE - an eternity in His Presence that He prepared for each one of us.








10. God's Peace

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. 
I do not give to you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 





While we are still here on earth we do not need to be worried or anxious about what will happen as times change and governments change.
God through the words of Jesus has promised us His Peace.




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Monday

Ladies Do you Believe This? Coffee & Conversation


We believe a lot of things about ourselves.

Many are things we have decided about ourselves from the past or things we have decided for us for the future.

Many are things that family, or friends or workmates have decided about us and those things stick with us.






Do you believe all these things that have often been descriptors of you for years or months or weeks or even just the last few days?

We should not judge or describe ourselves by what others think or even by what we feel we have experienced.

We need to describe ourselves by what God says about us.

So ladies

Do you believe this list of personal things that God has declared in His Word?


You are HIS.


You are ALIVE in CHRIST.
You are a CHILD of GOD.
You are CHOSEN.
You are a CROWN of SPLENDOUR.
You are DEAD to SIN.
You are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE.
You are FORGIVEN.
You are GOD'S WORKMANSHIP.
You are HEALED by His STRIPES.
You are HIS.
You are an HEIR to the KINGDOM.
You are MADE for HIS GLORY. 
You are a NEW CREATION.
You are an OVERCOMER. 
You are REDEEMED.
You are the SALT and the LIGHT.
You are SET FREE from bondage.
You are a TEMPLE of the HOLY SPIRIT.
You are WHOLE.
You are WRITTEN on the PALM of HIS HAND.
You are WORTH MORE than MANY SPARROWS.
You are WORTH MORE than RUBIES.




You are MADE for HIS GLORY.   
     







You are WORTH MORE than MANY SPARROWS.
You are WORTH MORE than RUBIES.



You are MORE than a CONQUEROR.
You are MORE than YOUR PAST.
You are MORE than WHAT YOU WEAR.
You are MORE than WHO PEOPLE SAY YOU ARE.



You are ........
You are ........


You are so many things in God's eyes but most importantly you are His creation and He has a plan for your life which starts with



 Salvation



You are FORGIVEN






followed by



 Assurance


You are WRITTEN on the PALM of HIS HAND.






and then let's finish where we started




You are HIS.

from the words of Jesus









Ladies Do you Believe This?











Sunday

Smile God Loves YOU! Romans 5:8 - Sunday Scripture


This Sunday's Scripture on God's Love is Romans 5:8



As I read through this one I thought of the 6 Question Words as I call them when teaching English as a second language.

Who, Where, What, When, Why & How.

So that's how I want to look at this verse today.






Who's Love?        It's God's Love.


Who to?      Us.  Everyone because all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.


How?       By giving His Son to die in our place.


When?        While we were in our sin.     When we were separated from God.


Why?       There was no other way.      No other substitute would have been good enough.


Where?      On the cross at Calvary.


What does it show?      The perfect Love.    The perfect sacrifice.


Who is it for?         The Imperfect People.



The Perfect for the Imperfect.








The Perfect Father 
because of His Perfect Love 
gave the Perfect Son 
as the sacrifice for the Imperfect People.










Wednesday

A Good Kind of Fear - A Dose of Encouragement


I have never forgotten that day.

The day when I asked the question and my mother didn't really know how to answer me.






Have you ever been afraid?

I was lying in bed supposed to be going to sleep, younger than 9 years old (but not sure how much younger), when I decided to call her.

In my memory it was not dark in the bedroom because she didn't need to put the light on when she opened the door, so it must have been springtime or summertime when it stays lighter later in the evenings in Northern Ireland even up until 11pm.


So darkness had nothing to do with my fear.


It was a simple question I wanted to ask her but she did not find the answer so simple.

I was the youngest in the family, although in saying that there were only the two siblings, my sister and I, and she was 10 years older than me so I was always referred to as the wee one and often (I felt) not taken too seriously by my parents, sister and grandmother who lived with us.

You see that evening as I lay there I was afraid, there was something I just did not want to happen, something I could not imagine happening but I needed to know more about it.

I was thinking about death,


but it was not "death" that scared me.  


Possibly I wasn't really old enough to consider how people died and that there may be tragic events or illnesses to lead up to their deaths because none of that was on my mind.

The fear I had was not about my body but about that part of me, that part inside, the part I could not imagine ever not being in existence.  You know the part of me that was actually doing this thinking. The part that could experience this fear.  The part that could understand some things but not all things.






When I asked her what would happen to that part of me when I would die she was quiet with no immediate reply. Then she told me not to worry about anything to do with death because I was "too young" to be thinking about it.

Now I don't remember all the details or how much time elapsed from then until the time when I knew I wanted/needed to get saved but I do know that my sister always got bible notes to read each day and she decided to get a children's version so that she could read the bible passage to me and then the notes.  To make sure that I was paying attention she would then ask me questions about the passage.  However even though she was taking care of a need I had to know about Jesus and read God's Word she also declared I was "too young" when I told her I wanted to get saved.

Thankfully I was not overcome by this fear of what would happen to what I felt was the "real me" after death, however it was always there drawing me in to ponder over it.


We need to be thankful for the fear that leads us in the right direction

I may not even have known to pray about this but God knew the "real me" and He was in control and not too long after this He led me to the night when I was not told I was "too young" but instead I was encouraged to pray asking forgiveness and accepting that Jesus had died in my place so that I could live.

Yes me the "real me" could live forever.


I was afraid when I was young, but I didn't remain afraid, God has taken that fear away.







I still do not understand everything about what it will be like after death but I have no need to fear because I know for a certainty that the "real me" will remain and be transformed in the presence of Jesus.  Because I have come to realise that not all fear is bad.


I came to realise that not all fear is bad




We need to be thankful for the fear that leads us 
in the right direction
 because
 it's a good kind of fear.







Thursday

Acts Chapter 26 - Paul Comes Before the King


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What would you say if you were to speak to a king?   


In Chapter 25 - The Big Appeal  we were brought to the point where Paul would be allowed to appeal to Caesar and then King Agrippa comes into the story and we were left wondering how this might affect Festus and his decision.




verses 1 - 3     A greeting to King Agrippa.


So the king wants to hear from Paul and Paul doesn't just blurt out "I've been accused ...." and how wrong it is.
Instead Paul greets and recognises the King as an authority in Jewish customs and asks him to listen patiently.

Yes we all (according to scripture) have the right to be heard when we are accused of something but that does not mean we get abusive about it or forget to be respectful to others.


verses 4 - 11     Short Personal story of early life.

Paul explains how he was a devout Jew and that he was well-known among all Jews.

Now the Jews should be well acquainted with the promises of God as they are always exhorted to memorise the scriptures but they do have disagreements among themselves about the resurrection.  Paul believes in the resurrection because of having been a Pharisee  as opposed to the Sadducees who do not.

We found that several times the resurrection is mentioned and disagreements happen as is Chapter 17 - Knowing God

Here he talks about the hope of the Promise that God gave originally to Abraham and all Jews should be in agreement about that.

He then goes on to the part of his life when he persecuted those who followed Jesus because he saw them as going against what Jews believed and even blaspheming.



verses 12 - 18       Conversion Experience.

Yet again Paul has the opportunity to relay the story of his conversion.

In other times when he had an audience of Jews he had bad reactions such as in Chapter 13 - A Specific Job for the Kingdom  but with the difference that there he was invited by the Jewish Leaders to speak and now they don't want him to speak at all.

Another time he had the opportunity to speak to the Jews of Jesus in Chapter 18 - Reactions of People  he found that the Jews were so angry against him that they blasphemed.


What will be the reaction of this King?





verses 19 - 23             New life and Attitude.

Paul tells the King of his new life and what that entailed.

It meant a change in his behaviour from hounding the Christians to

  • obedience to Jesus from the meeting on the Damascus Road  verse 19
  • speaking of repentence first to the Jews and then also to the gentiles  verse 20

It also meant a change in his physical and practical lifestyle

  • arrests and threats of death from his own people  verse 21
  • help and miracles from God  verse 22

It also meant a strong and unwavering stance for God

  • speaking the same as the prophets had about how Jesus would come and die and rise again  verse 22-23



verses 24 - 33            Reaction to Paul.

First Festus is upset and turns on Paul.

Then Paul turns it directly to the King because he knows the King has heard a lot about him already.
He asks Agrippa a very important question in verse 27

King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? 
I know that you do believe.


Paul did what many times we fail to do.

Paul after testifying about Jesus then asked a direct question which demands thoughtful consideration and a response.

Salvation is a personal thing not just something we hear about but something we need to make a decision about and respond to either accepting or rejecting there is no other option.

So what was King Agrippa's response in verse 28?

It was about the saddest one we will ever hear.

Then Agrippa said to Paul, 
“You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”


Almost is not enough, in fact almost is as far away as an outright rejection.


When faced with the Gospel it is a matter of acceptance or rejection, there just is no in-between. 

Paul stood before his earthly king but but some day we will all stand before our heavenly King Jesus and we need to have made our decision now, not waiting until then when it will be too late.

It is acceptance or rejection NOW there just is no in between.










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