10 Words of Encouragement for the Discouraged

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God Is Painfully, Powerfully, Perfectly ... in Control

Encouraging Words
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Encouraging Words

God is in control. He is sovereign ... even in our pain, even in our troubles. Through it all, his love is transforming us, perfecting us, completing us.

James 1:2-4
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (NLT)

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We Are Being Changed With Ever-Increasing Glory

We Are Being Changed With Ever-Increasing Glory
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There is a process at work in the life of every believer. We are being changed into his likeness, but it cannot happen overnight. Give God time to produce his ever-increasing glory in you.

2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)

 

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Trust Him for Daily Manna

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Do you feel forsaken? Perhaps you've just forgotten: God is able. Just as he supplied manna each morning for the Israelites in the desert, he will supply for you. Seek him daily and trust him to provide everything you need.

Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
(NIV)

 

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God Promises Salvation Not Safety

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We are called to go—go into the world. God tells us to be courageous as we face the dangers and the battles of life. We may not always travel in safe territory, but we'll never be alone. Jehovah, our Salvation, is with us.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)

 

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He Is Making Us Beautiful

He Is Making Us Beautiful
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Too often we feel awkward and unlovely, but in God's eyes, he is making us beautiful.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. (NIV)

 

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Strength of Character Is Forged Through Trials

Strength of Character Is Forged Through Trials
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Just as a hammer and high heat are used to forge instruments of iron, God uses trials to develop genuine faith and strength of character in us.

1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (NIV)

 

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There Is No Temptation Too Great

There is No Temptation Too Great
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God is faithful. He always provides a way of escape. When tempted, your job is not to bear up under the weight of temptation, but rather, to look for the escape route God has already provided.

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (NIV)

 

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Losing Is Winning

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The happiest Christians are those who have found the joy of serving others. The quickest way to end a pity party is to find someone who needs your help.

Mark 8:34-35
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. (NIV)

 

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Laughter Is Good Medicine

Laughter Is Good Medicine
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If today you can't find a reason to smile, take some time to focus on the lighter side of life, enjoy your friends, watch a comedy, read the funnies, or spend time with children. Look for ways to include laughter in each day.

Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
(NLT)

 

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The Oven of Adversity Transforms Us

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Although you may be suffering right now, it's only temporary. God, who is infinitely wise and skilled, knows just how to care for you. Trust that he is shaping you into someone beautiful, honorable, and good—able to reflect his glory.

Romans 8:18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (NKJV)