Psalm 107:10, 12-16, 19-22
"Some of God’s people were prisoners, locked behind bars in dark prisons. ...They stumbled and fell, and there was no one to help them. They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help, and He saved them from their troubles. He took them out of their dark prisons. He broke the ropes that held them.
Thank the Lord for His faithful love and for the amazing things He does for people. He breaks down their bronze gates. He shatters their iron bars. They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help, and He saved them from their troubles.
He gave the command and healed them, so they were saved from the grave.
Thank the Lord for his faithful love and for the amazing things He does for people.
Offer sacrifices of thanks to Him. Sing with joy about all that He has done."
NEVER GIVE UP
Wherever you are on your journey, whatever challenge you may be facing right now,
be assured that God is with you, though you may not be aware of His Presence.
Know that He who created all the stars and calls them all by name; who knows the
numbers of hairs on your head and bottles all your tears, loves you beyond measure.
If your faith is eclipsed by a trial of suffering right now and it is difficult to feel God's love
as You have in the past, know that His Spirit is still inside of you, holding you close to His heart. Even as the sun is still shining during a solar eclipse, God's Spirit is still abiding strong within your heart. He will never leave you in your valley of the shadow.
King David wrote, "The Lord is close to those who have suffered disappointment. He saves those who are discouraged." (Psalm 34:18 ERV)
Though you may not be able to feel the Lord's presence in your present circumstances, trust and abide in His word. Stand strong on His promises because, "No word from God shall ever fail." (Luke 1:37 NIV)
Whatever you do, remember: "Jesus told his disciples...that they should always pray and not give up."~Luke 18:1
Don't give up! God has a wonderful future ahead for you. God promises in His word,
"I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future. Then you will call My name. You will come to Me and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will search for Me, and when you search for Me with all your heart, you will find Me. I will let you find Me.” This message is from the Lord. “And I will bring you back from your captivity.” ~Jeremiah 29:11-14 ERV
Heavenly Father, thank You for every person reading these words today. May You fill their hearts with rivers of hope. Renew, restore their faith and give them an abiding awareness of Your holy Presence within and around them everywhere they go, at all times. Encourage their hearts and never let them give up, dear Lord, even as You, Lord Jesus, never gave up despite the pain, the shame, and suffering, when You gave Your life for us on the cross. Protect Your dear children from hopelessness and discouragement as You help them to focus their thoughts on Thy word and to abide in Thee at all times. Thank You Lord. I love You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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