Posts Tagged ‘ Discouragement ’

VerseD: Psalm 94:19

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
Psalm 94:19, ESV

Sometimes we encounter difficulties in life that weigh on us.

God’s promises and encouragement can make the burden lighter and bring joy.

VerseD: 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 will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3‭-‬4, NASB

God does allow us to go through pain and problems so that we are able to share the comfort He has given us with others.

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the Lord , I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:17‭-‬18, NASB

Do you trust and worship God?

Not just when things are going, but also when everything is going well? (And vice versa?)

VerseD: Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2, ESV

The best way to love your neighbor is to walk with them through life’s struggles.

VerseD: Isaiah 26:9

My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
Isaiah 26:9 ESV

Do you yearn for and earnestly seek the Lord?

One of the reasons we see unpleasant things happen in this world is that He allows or even orchestrates them for our righteousness.

Case in point: Jesus was born to die on a cross.

VerseD: Psalm 42:11

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
Psalm 42:11, ESV

Praising God is the best way to get out of a funk of depression, worry/anxiety, confusion, and fear.

Hope in God, your salvation.

VerseD: Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:8, ESV

It is so easy to get distracted by and focused on the bad things in life and this world.

Ask God to help you see the good, beautiful, just, true things in each moment. (It helps a lot with stress and cynicism!)