ENCOURAGEMENT
All Bible quotes are from the King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

 

This page is for the encouragement of everyone, because everybody hurts at one time or another.

Introduction to the Page
The Bible says that each of us is responsible for the encouragement and upbuilding of each other (Acts 13:15, Romans 1:11-12, Romans 12:15, Galatians 6:2, Philippians 2:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:11). We are not to be discouraging (2 Corinthians 2:5-8).

Therefore, we sincerely pray the words on this page will encourage and comfort all who are depressed, sick, mourning, or hurting.

Before we get started, we want to remind you that it helps to keep in mind that God is the source of all comfort and endurance (Romans 15:5-6, 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, 2 Corinthians 7:6), and that He also helps the oppressed (Psalms 146:9), and recognizes when we need Him. He will be our stronghold during our distresses (Nahum 1:7), and be a refuge for us (2 Samuel 22:31, Psalms 18:30, Psalms 34:8, Psalms 37:39-40). We are admonished to pour our hearts out to Him (Psalms 62:8) and throw our burdens on Him (Psalms 55:22, 1 Peter 5:6-7). God is near to all who call on Him (Psalms 145:18) and He will not leave those who look for Him (Psalms 9:9-10). God also sent Jesus Christ to be our comforting shepherd (John 10:14-15, 2 Thessalonians 2:16).

Jesus himself seeks to comfort those who are mistreated; an example of this is when he healed a certain blind beggar. The healing caused the beggar to put faith in Jesus, and as a result the unfaithful Jews threw the beggar out of the synagogue for it. Jesus heard about it, and went to find the man. Once he found him, he spoke to him to strengthen his faith (John 9:24-39).

On this page we tried to cover the different kinds of things that can weaken our faith and hurt us. It is our hope that it helps heal your wounded soul and help you strengthen your relationship with our Creator and His Son.

 

Daily Necessities
God is a loving Creator. Since He created us, He understands what our needs are, all we need to do is ask in faith and He will provide our needs for the day (Matthew 6:25-33, Matthew 7:7-11, Philippians 4:6-7). We are also reminded in Scripture that if we imperfect humans know how to give good things to our children, how much more so will the Perfect God give good gifts to we who ask (Luke 11:10-13). He provides people with food (Exodus 16:4-15, 2 Kings 4:38-44, Matthew 14:14-20, Matthew 15:32-38, Luke 5:1-9), and with water (Genesis 21:15-19, Exodus 15:22-25, Exodus 17:1-7), as well as clothing (Deuteronomy 8:4, Deuteronomy 10:18), and, of course, shelter (1 Kings 18:3-4, Luke 10:4-7, Acts 11:12, Acts 16:15). There are many encouraging examples in the Bible where God looked after those trusting Him . For example, the Israelites were given manna to eat when there was no food (Exodus 16:4). God also ensured that His prophet, Elijah, was fed and watered in spite of a drought (1 Kings 17:3-4). Obadiah was instrumental in feeding and sheltering believers who were fleeing from persecution (1 Kings 18:4).

Though we may suffer job loss, house fire, robbery, identity theft, persecution, or any other hardship, God will hear our pleas and provide us with the things we need. Trust Him.

Fear
We are reminded that God values us (Luke 12:4-7), and that those trusting in God will be protected (Proverbs 29:25), as He is our shield (Psalms 115:11). We can confidently trust in the refuge that God provides for us (Psalms 40:4, Psalms 118:8-9, Isaiah 26:4). God expects us to put our anxieties upon Him (1 Peter 5:6-7). The name of God is a strong tower and gives protection (Proverbs 18:10). The Bible assures us that He will help us speak when up against His enemies (Matthew 10:16-20, Luke 12:11-12). God keeps track of all his creation, even the sparrows...and we are worth far more than sparrows (Matthew 10:28-31).

Forgiveness of Sins
It is a wonderful blessing to know that even though we may fall into grave sin God is always ready to forgive us (Psalms 86:5, Psalms 103:13, Psalms 130:4, James 5:15, 1 John 1:9) and Christ is also willing to forgive us (Matthew 9:2, Luke 7:48). It is comforting to know that all sins are forgivable (except blasphemy against the holy spirit) (Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:28-30); that no matter what we've done in our pasts, no matter how horrible or hurtful, if we are truly repentant God will forgive us those things (Isaiah 55:7, Jeremiah 36:3).

Mourning
Jesus Christ promises us that we who mourn will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). God heals the brokenhearted (Psalms 147:3), and He promises there will come a day when he rids the world of all wickedness and mourning and pain (Revelation 21:1-5). God is our strength (Isaiah 12:2). We will see our loved ones again when God begins a resurrection of his faithful ones (John 5:29, John 11:24, Revelation 20:5,12-21:4).

Sickness
In the Bible, God promises us that He will put an end to all sickness and disease (Revelation 21:4) for God has the power of healing (Luke 5:17). Jesus and his disciples were given the ability to perform healings as a manifestation of that power (Matthew 4:23, Matthew 10:1, Acts 19:11-12)


Examples
There are many wonderful examples which show how God has helped His worshipers when they were in times of distress. First of all, remember that God made us (Genesis 1:26-27, Psalms 100:3, Mark 10:6), so He knows exactly what things we need (Matthew 6:31-32). If we put our faith in Him he will provide for us (Matthew 6:33, John 14:13-14, James 1:5-7), even if we don't immediately see how He plans to provide. Here are some examples of God providing needs in ways people didn't expect:

One example is when He helped the Israelites escape the Egyptians. The Egyptian ruler (Pharaoh) would not allow Israel to go worship God, so God plagued the Egyptians until finally they made the Israelites leave. However, soon after the Israelites departed the Egyptians changed their minds and pursued the Israelites to recapture them. When the Egyptian army caught up with them, the Israelites felt trapped because on one side was the Egyptian army, and on the other side was a large sea. They began to panic, but God Almighty came to their rescue. First, He sent His angel to cause a large pillar of fire to block the Egyptian army's path; next he caused the sea to open so Israel could cross on dry land! After the people were safely across, God then killed the Egyptian army. Such an awesome display of his protection! (Exodus 14:5-26).

Another example of God saving those who fear him is in the example of Rahab. Rahab was a prostitute woman who lived in the city of Jericho. God was about to help the nation of Israel capture the city of Jericho as part of the land area He'd promised them many years before. Joshua, the man leading the Israelites, first sent two spies into Jericho to get an idea of what the city was like. These spies met Rahab, who happened to be a believer in the True God and His awesome power. Thus, she not only gave them whatever information they wanted, but she also saved their lives by hiding them when city guards came looking for them. After the guards left, she helped them to sneak out of the city safely. For her courage God made sure to spare her and her family when Jericho was captured (Joshua 1:10-2:21, 6:1-25).

Then there is the example of our Heavenly Father taking care of His prophet, Elijah: God sent Elijah to give the message to wicked king Ahab: There would be a drought and famine for a length of time. Right after this message was given, God saw to it that Elijah was taken care of; He sent Elijah to a water source, and then commanded birds to bring food to Elijah twice a day (1 Kings 17:1-6). Elijah had faith that God would provide his needs, and it was so.

After this incident with Elijah, there was a widow with a son who were suffering from the famine. She had only one meal's worth of food left, and then they were destined to die of starvation. Instead, Almighty God sent Elijah to her. Elijah asked her for food, upon which she explained her situation to him. Elijah told her to not be afraid for her food supply will not run out. She put faith in his words and made a meal for them all to share. True to God's word as spoken by Elijah, her food supply never ran out so that she and her son didn't suffer starvation for the remainder of the famine (1 Kings 17:7-16).

There is also the example of the imprisonments of the apostle Peter. Peter and some other disciples were arrested for preaching the news of Christ to the crowds. During the night God sent an angel to release them from the prison and directed them to continue preaching in the morning (Acts 5:17-21). Sometime later Peter was arrested again, and again God sent an angel, to not only release him from the prison, but also to open the city gates so Peter could exit the city altogether (Acts 12:3-11). What makes this especially comforting is that Peter frequently displayed bouts of human weakness (Matthew 14:28-31, Matthew 26:33-34, 69-75, Galatians 2:11-14), and despite these failures, God still saw the faith in Peter's heart and helped him anyway.

It is comforting to know that God is willing to do these kinds of things to help and encourage us. He owes us nothing, and yet He cares for us and watches over us. May we never forget His strengthening power!

 

Comforting Psalms

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul ; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 41:1-3
Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive, and he shall be blessed upon the earth; and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing; thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most high. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us ; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

 

Other Scriptures of Comfort (Darby Translation)

Psalms 29:11 -- Jehovah will give strength unto his people; Jehovah will bless his people with peace.

Psalms 4:8 -- In peace will I both lay me down and sleep; for thou, Jehovah, alone makest me to dwell in safety.

Romans 16:20 -- But the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you.

2 John 3 -- Grace shall be with you, mercy, peace from God [the] Father, and from [the] Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

 

Links to Other Encouraging Passages

Encouraging Bible Quotes
http://encouragingBiblequotes.com/

Pillar Of Truth Ministries
https://www.pillaroftruthministries.com/Scriptures.html

 

May the God of peace be with you through your trials and tribulations. Hold on to Father's hand, he will lead you through the darkness.

 


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