Someone out there is discouraged. It might even be you.
Do you ever yell at people in movies, even if it's just in your head? "Don't leave your weapon on the ground!" Or "What are you thinking going into that place alone? You need backup!" It's almost like the person in the movie has lost common sense. Anybody with two eyes can spot the danger. These scenes are suspense winders, designed to heighten your sense of anticipation so that you will jump at the right moment. As Christians, we have 5 things we absolutely need to use everyday. Unfortunately, there are times we cast one aside or simply forget them---to our peril.
"The only easy day was yesterday." - US Navy Seals. When a soldier prepares for battle, he or she "suits up." They go through a process (usually the same process they've established each time) of putting each piece of gear in place---Undershirt, uniform shirt, pants, duty belt/gear belt, boots, bullet-proof vest, ammunition, helmet, and weapon(s). This process of preparation is vital, as each battle brings different challenges. A soldier must be in constant readiness.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the… Continue reading Be Strong (Day 19 of the #encourage marathon)
Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. 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. “The Lord is my portion,” says… Continue reading Hope is rising (Day 18 of the #encourage marathon)
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. ~ Romans 15.4, ESV Welcome to mile-marker 17 of our #encourage marathon. (If you missed yesterday's post, you can read it here.) Someone out there has a starving soul. It might even… Continue reading What would you do without your Bible? (day 17 of the #encourage marathon)
As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. ~ James 5.10-11, ESV Welcome to mile-marker 16 of… Continue reading What are we holding on to? (Day 16 of the #encourage Marathon)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and… Continue reading 3 Qualities We Gain Through Challenges (Day 15 of the #encourage marathon)
Have you ever cried out to God, "Why, Lord? Why is this happening to me?" The question is a common one, and I'd be a liar if I said that I myself had never asked it. There is nothing wrong with asking God, "why," but it's a bit arrogant to think that we should be exempted from suffering. Yes, we are children of God, but that does not mean that we should skate through life while "lesser mortals" do all the suffering.
“As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV Welcome to the halfway point of our #encourage marathon! (If you missed yesterday's post, you can read it here.) **Please note, there is a typo on your PDF for today's passage it should be 2 Thessalonians 3.13 not 5.13** Someone out… Continue reading Keep on keepin’ on. (Day #13 of the #encourage marathon)