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Words of Encouragement and Hope

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God Will Meet Your Needs And Guide Your Life, If You Let Him

''Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.'' - 1 Peter 5:7

''The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.'' - Deuteronomy 31:8

''This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.'' - 1 John 5:14

Seek first God's kingdom and His righteousness, and all that you need will be given to you. - Paraphrased from Matthew 6:33

''When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives...'' - James 4:3

''If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law (God's ten commandments), even his prayers are detestable.'' - Proverbs 28:9

''We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.'' - Hebrews 4:15, 16

''All things work together for good to those who love God.'' - Romans 8:28

Ask God for what you need and He will give it to you, in His time and in His way. - Paraphrased from Matthew 7:7

God will take care of all your needs from his bountiful supplies, which have been made available to us because of Jesus' death on the cross. - Paraphrased from Philippians 4:19

''Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'' - John 14:27

''The Lord is near. Don't be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.'' - Philippians 4:6,7

''I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.'' - John 16:33

''Matthew 6:34 is one of the prominent portions of Scripture instructing us regarding taking one day at a time. 'Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.' We are to follow Christ day by day. God does not bestow help for tomorrow. He does not give His children all the directions for their life journey at once, lest they should become confused. He tells them just as much as they can remember and perform. The strength and wisdom imparted are for the present emergency.'' - The Desire of Ages, Ch. 31: The Sermon on the Mount, Pg. 313

God Will Provide

''Many who profess to be Christ's followers have an anxious, troubled heart because they are afraid to trust themselves with God. They do not make a complete surrender to Him, for they shrink from the consequences that such a surrender may involve. Unless they do make this surrender they cannot find peace.''

''There are many whose hearts are aching under a load of care because they seek to reach the world's standard. They have chosen its service, accepted its perplexities, adopted its customs. Thus their character is marred and their life made a weariness. The continual worry is wearing out the life forces.''

''Our Lord desires them to lay aside this yoke of bondage. He invites them to accept His yoke; He says, 'My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.' Worry is blind and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning.''

''In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. 'No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.' Matthew 11:30; Psalm 84:11.''

''Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish and a plain path before their feet.''

''The faithful discharge of today's duties is the best preparation for tomorrow's trials. Do not gather together all tomorrow's liabilities and cares and add them to the burden of today. "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matthew 6:34.''

''Let us be hopeful and courageous. Despondency in God's service is sinful and unreasonable. He knows our every necessity. To the omnipotence of the King of kings our covenant-keeping God unites the gentleness and care of the tender shepherd.''

''His power is absolute, and it is the pledge of the sure fulfilment of His promises to all who trust in Him. He has means for the removal of every difficulty, that those who serve Him and respect the means He employs may be sustained.''

''His love is as far above all other love as the heavens are above the earth. He watches over His children with a love that is measureless and everlasting.''

''In the darkest days, when appearances seem most forbidding, have faith in God. He is working out His will, doing all things well in behalf of His people. The strength of those who love and serve Him will be renewed day by day.''

''He is able and willing to bestow upon His servants all the help they need. He will give them the wisdom which their varied necessities demand.''

''Said the tried apostle Paul: 'He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.''

''Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.' 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10'' - The Ministry of Healing, Ch. 40: Help in Daily Living, Pgs. 480-482

''To His children today the Lord declares, 'Be strong, ... and work: for I am with you.' The Christian always has a strong helper in the Lord. The way of the Lord's helping we may not know; but this we do know: He will never fail those who put their trust in Him.''

''Could Christians realize how many times the Lord has ordered their way, that the purposes of the enemy concerning them might not be accomplished, they would not stumble along complainingly.''

''Their faith would be stayed on God, and no trial would have power to move them. They would acknowledge Him as their wisdom and efficiency, and He would bring to pass that which He desires to work out through them.'' - Prophets and Kings (PK), Ch. 46: ''The Prophets of God Helping Them,'' Pg. 576

So...

''Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.'' - Proverbs 3:5,6

And keep busy doing good.

''The soul that is [lazy] falls an easy prey to temptation; but in the life that has a noble aim, an absorbing purpose, evil finds little foothold.''

''The faith of him [or her] who is constantly advancing does not weaken; for above, beneath, beyond, he recognizes Infinite Love, working out all things to accomplish His good purpose. God's true servants work with a determination that will not fail because the throne of grace is their constant dependence.''

''God has provided divine assistance for all the emergencies to which our human resources are unequal. He gives the Holy Spirit to help in every strait, to strengthen our hope and assurance, to illuminate our minds and purify our hearts.''

''He provides opportunities and opens channels of working. If His people are watching the indications of His providence, and are ready to co-operate with Him, they will see mighty results.'' - PK, Ch. 55: ''Heathen Plots,'' Pg. 660

''Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.'' - 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 skip

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*Clinical, or major depression may require treatment from a qualified doctor, health practitioner, or mental health professional to make it go away, but may not if done right.

''Many professionals advocate a combination of drug therapy and psychotherapy, but more and more studies show that medication is unnecessary if the sufferer receives the right sort of help.''

''Research shows that with the right approach, clinical depression will leave much sooner, and is much more likely to stay away.'' (1) - Clinical-Depression.co.uk

1 - Teasdale, J. D. et al. (2000) Prevention of relapse/recurrence in major clinical depression by mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 4, 615-23.

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