Bible Verses of Encouragement – Bible Verse of the Day
Are you feeling down today? Do you feel like there is no end in site and your troubles will never go away? The audio message below will provide bible verses of encouragement as well as hope that for you that through Jesus Christ, ALL things work together for the good when you believe.
Today, try to turn your focus from what you are feeling and experiencing in your life right now and focus and meditate on these bible verses of encouragement.
‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’ But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”(1 Corinthians 2:9–10, NLT)
TIP: Don’t focus on the size of your problem but instead, focus on the size of our God.
Firstly, know that God’s love for you is unconditional. You need not do anything for it. This was all taken care of at the cross. In Corinthians 2:9, the depth of God’s love for you is so deep, that to you and I, it is incomprehensible to understand the depth of His love.
For God so loved the world that Hegave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.John 3:16 NKJV
If you want to change things in your life, begin to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. Draw near to Him and make Him first-place in your life. He is waiting for you to make the first move and then He will draw near to you. Remember Jesus will not interfere in your life if you are trying to solve your problems on your own. He will back off (free will) and let you handle it on your own.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. (James 4:8 NKJV)
I produced a video to the classic song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel. The video portrays God’s love for us and will lift your spirits-Enjoy and experience the love of God.
Finding Peace Of Mind In Your Daily Life When You Rest In God
Is finding peace of mind in your life a daunting task? Are you looking to simplify your life and desire peace of mind in your life? Have you heard the expression, “let go and let God”? Well that sounds simple right? Well you should know that this exactly what Jesus wants from you. He wants you to rely and rest on Him totally (100%) and He will do the rest. Make it a point today to stop laboring and worrying about things of this world but rather focus your energy on His unconditional love for you. Invite God into your life and make Him first place and enjoy the abundance of grace He freely gives you.
For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the
body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?
You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Each and every day God provides you with enough of His favor to take care of the day’s needs. Find rest and peace in Him. Do not worry about tomorrow and know His favor will be there for you then. Once you truly understand this and allow it to manifest and take root in your spirit, then and only then can you have true lasting peace of mind in your life.
Are you feeling down today? Perhaps a little depressed or even lonely? Whatever might ail you today, find comfort knowing that God has a plan for you. I know from experience that it is not easy sometimes to “snap” yourself out of these emotions. You feel paralyzed and helpless. So what should you do?
Turn to Jesus and His word. Spend time each day meditating on the word of God. By doing this you will be drawing near to God and when you do, God will draw near to you.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. (James 4:8 NKJV)
God Has A Plan For You – God’s Promise
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”(Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
Once you enter into a relationship with God, you’ll see how your life will begin to turn around. Your state of mind will be refreshed and rejuvenated through the Holy Spirit who resides in you. You will be better able to focus more clearly on your future and see that good things are in front of you. Your worse days will now be behind you.
God has a plan for you. His promise to you as stated in the scripture above is God has a plan, plans to “prosper you….and to give you hope and a future”. You know He would not make a promise He could not keep. So instead of focusing on when the “promise to prosper you” will happen, focus instead and rest on His unconditional love. Allow His love to manifest and take root deep down in your heart knowing God will give you’re the very desires of your heart.
Since you can’t see into the future what’s the point of trying to do so. That’s God’s job. He has your future all planned out. He has you covered. So your journey now has nothing to do with any setbacks you may encounter along the way. And chances are you will experience some setbacks. But instead focus on your journey in Christ Jesus. Find comfort knowing that the Creator of the universe goes before you and makes your crooked places straight.
“I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight” (Isaiah 45:2 KJV)
So let God “deal” with your future. Get excited that your future is bright. Keep your dreams alive. And dare to dream big. It’s not over until God says it’s over. God will pour out his blessings and favor over you and you will live an abundant life.
The true meaning of Christmas began more than two thousand years ago when the Lord of all Creation, the God of all that exists, asked His only Son to lay down His crown and come to planet Earth. Through the miracle of incarnation, He would be born of a virgin in small town called Bethlehem, His birthing place a stable, His bed, a manger. His name would be called Jesus. He would be a stranger in the world that He created, an alien among those whom He made in His own image and likeness. His mission, to reconcile a lost and dying world back to His Father God, to redeem any and all who would hear His voice and rise to the high calling of becoming the Sons of God.
Every twenty fifth of December, we celebrate the birth of the Son of God into our world. Yet there are so many that do not fully understand the significance of this greatest of all events in Earth’s history. For so many, the day has become associated with festive decorum, the buying, selling and giving of presents, the decorating of Christmas trees, and the visiting of relatives we get to see once a year whether we want to or not. For some, the holiday season is one of sadness, loneliness and depression, also due to not understanding or not believing that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself“…and that, “God sent His son into the world, that the world through Him might be saved.” (2 Corinthians 5:19 & John 3:17)
Jesus revealed to the world the character and nature of God the Father. A love so great, that when the only way the world could be saved was for Him to give his only Son to pay for the sins of man, He did not hesitate. The true meaning of Christmas is understanding that the great love that God has for us could leave no stone unturned to save us. Consider, that if Jesus knew that only one person who has ever lived would accept His sacrifice, He would still have come to Earth and endured all that the cross held in store for Him, even if it meant that only that one person would be saved from eternal death.
True Meaning Of Christmas – A Season For Giving
This Christmas season, let us try to share the love of God with others. A kind deed, a need fulfilled, a helping hand, even a sacrifice or two if necessary. Let us endeavor to emulate the selfless love that Christ had for us, a love so unfathomable, that when He saw the plight of man, in spite of all He knew He would suffer at the hands of sinful men, He turned to His Father and said, “Yes Father, I will go.”
A Pastor friend of mine who has performed hundreds of wedding ceremonies, places one condition on the engaged couples before agreeing to marry them. The condition is that they give him the satisfactory answer to one very simple question. In the Pastor’s mind, there was only one correct answer to this question. So what is the recipe for a happy marriage? He would ask them each to answer the question individually, and if at least one of them
answered correctly, he would marry them. If both of them gave the wrong answer, he would not marry them without them agreeing to first have several marriage counseling sessions with him
The question he wanted them to answer was this, “Why do you want to marry this other person?”. The knee jerk response to this question by the larger percentage of couples was the same. “Because I love him (or her).” If they gave this answer, the Pastor would not agree to marry them without several counseling sessions.
One day, when my curiosity got the better of me, I asked him why he would not accept this as a valid answer for wanting to get married. After all, they were telling him that they wanted to get married because they loved each other. What could be wrong with that? My Pastor friend answered my question with a question.
“What is the current divorce rate?” he asked. “The last I heard it was somewhere between 50 and 60 percent.” I replied.
“And out of that 50 to 60 percent, how many of them do you think got married because they “loved each other”? He asked.
I thought about it for a few seconds, then replied, “Most of them, I would think.” “Exactly! he replied. That was all he said. I thought about it for a few seconds, and then his point hit me. Loving the other person was not enough to keep 50 percent of all married couples together for life. So what is the recipe for a happy marriage then, I thought. The truth is, that when most young couples said they want to marry the other person, because “they loved each other”, what they really meant was, “I want to marry this other person because they make me happy by fulfilling many of my needs.”
The inherent problem with “falling in love” with somebody because they fulfill your needs, is what happens if or when, for whatever reason, they stop fulfilling your needs. Not surprisingly, when one of the parties in a marriage stops fulfilling the needs of the other, they often look elsewhere to get their “needs” fulfilled.
A marriage based on either party swearing to stay in the relationship “until death do them part” cannot be based on loving the other person because they fulfill some or even all of the other person’s needs. Though the world considers this the norm, not only is in not normal, it doesn’t even begin to qualify as true love, which is why it doesn’t work, and why the divorce rate, even among Christians is greater than fifty percent.
3 Ways To Have A Happy Marriage – Our Recipe For A Happy Marriage
1. What Is True Love?
The first of the three ways to have a happy marriage is to understand what true love actually consists of. For starters, true love is unconditional. It has nothing to do with your needs or the other person’s needs being met, although the main byproduct of true love does result in this. Thus, the first imperative necessity in having a happy and successful marriage means making a conscious decision to desire the well being of the other person above your own. It means being willing to dedicate yourself to doing all that is necessary to nurture, protect, and see to the well being of the other person no matter what the cost to you.
2. Put Your Ego On Hold
The second ingredient in having a happy marriage is like the first. Instead of thinking about what the other person can do to please you and make you happy, you must do just the opposite. Every day is a new day and a new opportunity to think about what you can do today to make the other person know that you place their well being above your own. Anybody can say “I love you”. Talk is cheap.
In order to put your money where your mouth is, married couples must put there egos on hold, and always aim at doing what is right for the other person, regardless of what sacrifices are necessary to do it. If you do this, you will not have to say “I love you” to placate your mate, because over time, they will know by your actions that they are loved and cherished. This of course means employing something that most people know little about, which accounts for why the divorce rate is so high. It is a spiritual principle called “selflessness”. The Bible tells us how husbands and wives should treat each other, if they are to have a happy marriage.
“Husbands, love your wives and treat them with gentleness. (Colossians 3:18,19) Love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. (Ephesians 5:24) For a man to love his wife is for him to love himself. A man never hates his own body, but he feeds it and looks after it; and that is the way Christ treats the Church, because it is his body—and we are its living parts. (Ephesians 5:28-31)
3. What About The Children?
The third element in a happy marriage involves the children. The greatest influence in the development of our children is how their father and mother treat each other. Their observation of the interaction between their parents, will be the greatest influencing factor in determining what kind of adults they will become. Particularly, the actions of the husband and father in the family will determine the long range outcome of who and what their children will become.
A friend of mine, who had gotten married several years before due to wanting to “do the right thing” after having premarital sex with his girlfriend and getting her pregnant, confided in me that he was not happy in his marriage, because he felt as if he was “tricked” into marrying her, and that he believed that she got pregnant on purpose to force him to marry her. By this time, he had two children with her, both under the age of seven. It was apparent to me, that my friend was contemplating leaving his wife.
“Do you love your children?” I asked him. “Of course!” was his reply. “Do you love them enough to die for them?” I asked. “He looked at me as if to say, “What a dumb question.” “In a heartbeat!” was his reply.
“If you had it within your power to give them the greatest gift that you could possibly ever give them in this life, would you?” I asked. “Certainly!” was his reply.
“And if I were to tell you what that gift was, and if I could convince you that it was in fact the greatest gift you could ever give them, would you do it, no matter what the cost?” I asked. “Yes!” he answered, with a hint of impatience. “So what is it?” he asked.
“The greatest gift you could ever give your children is to love their mother!” was my reply. He stared at me in silence for several moments as tears welled up in his eyes, than put his head down, and just stared at the floor. That was fifteen years ago. My friend and his wife are still happily married to this day. My friend turned out to be a wise man. True story.