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People from all ages occasionally needs some encouragement. From the strongest to the weakest, everyone has their own struggles, their own trials. These struggles could be physical, emotional, spiritual or even mental.

You could be in the middle of a degree and you are stressed and anxious about your studies, you need some encouragement. You could be training for the Olympic games, and you have been training for the last 3 years and the games are soon, you don’t remember the last time your body didn’t ache and you desperately just want to sleep past 6 am, you need some encouragement. You could be inwardly struggling with feelings of loneliness and depression and it takes everything out of you to not fall apart every day, you need some encouragement.

That’s where the scriptures come in. God pre-empted everything that we might go through in life. He compiled the library of scripture through his Spirit for our edification. There are several encouraging stories in the Old Testament, think of the mighty Samson whose physical strength was in his long hair. But as soon as his hair got cut off, he was no longer strong, yet he was encouraged in the last moments of his life.

Be encouraged by this list of encouraging scriptures from the Bible.

Joshua 1:9 ESV

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Psalm 37:4 ESV

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Mark 11:24 ESV

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Psalm 121:1-8 ESV

A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. …

Proverbs 30:5 ESV

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Psalm 28:7 ESV

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalm 34:4 ESV

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

Philippians 4:13 ESV

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Psalm 55:22 ESV

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Think of Daniel and his 3 friends. These four were Israelites, serving the king in Babylon. They had such wisdom and knowledge that none equalled them in the region. The king had some troubling dreams and God gave Daniel the ability to interpret them. There was such favour on them that the king’s advisors and the enchanters of his courts grew jealous of them.

So, the advisors plotted to have Daniel and his friends put to death. The first time was the when the 3 friends were put into a blazing furnace to burn to death. Yet, when the King looked he saw 4 unbound men walking around in the fire and not only 3. Then the three of them walked out of the fire completely unharmed and not even smelling of smoke.

Another time that was when Daniel was thrown into the lions den for not bowing down to an idol and choosing only to serve his God. The new king left him in the den for a whole night and the next morning went out to find that Daniel didn’t have a single scar. The lions’ mouths have been shut.

What is our take-away from this, praise the Lord and be encouraged by his Spirit because he stands with you in the fire and he calms the lions.

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