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Words of Encouragement and Hope

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For Every Trial, God Has Provided Help

''In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.'' - John 16:33

''All things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.'' - Romans 8:2

''For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you.'' - Jeremiah 29:11-12

''For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.'' - Romans 8:38,39

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

''Don't worry for your life, what you will eat; nor for your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storeroom nor barn; Yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you then they!''

''Which of you by worrying can add a single inch to his [or her] height [or a single hour to his or her life]? If worrying can't accomplish a little thing like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things?''

''Consider how the lilies grow; They neither gather their own food nor make their own clothes. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which flourishes in the field today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he [feed and] clothe you, O you of little faith!'' - Luke 12:22-28

''Can a mother forget her nursing baby, and have no tenderness for the child of her womb? Even if she were to forget, I will never forget you. See, on the palms of my hands I have written your name.'' - Isaiah 49:15

''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

''God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.'' - Psalms 46:1

''The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.'' - Psalms 34:18, 19

''I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.'' - John 16:33

''Be still, and know that I am God.'' - Psalms 46:10

'' 'These things I have spoken unto you,' He said, 'that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.' Christ did not fail, neither was He discouraged, and His followers are to manifest a faith of the same enduring nature. They are to live as He lived, and work as He worked, because they depend on Him as the great Master Worker.''

''Courage, energy, and perseverance they must possess. Though apparent impossibilities obstruct their way, by His grace they are to go forward. Instead of deploring difficulties, they are called upon to surmount them. They are to despair of nothing, and to hope for everything.''

''With the golden chain of His matchless love Christ has bound them to the throne of God. It is His purpose that the highest influence in the universe, emanating from the source of all power, shall be theirs. They are to have power to resist evil, power that neither earth, nor death, nor hell can master, power that will enable them to overcome as Christ overcame.'' - The Desire of Ages, Ch. 73: ''Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled,'' Pgs. 679,680

''At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith.''

''Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.'' - The Desire of Ages, Ch. 73: ''Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled,'' Pgs. 669,670

''We are in a world of suffering. Difficulty, trial, and sorrow await us all along the way to the heavenly home. But there are many who make life's burdens doubly heavy by continually anticipating trouble.''

''If they meet with adversity or disappointment they think that everything is going to ruin, that theirs is the hardest lot of all, that they are surely coming to want. Thus they bring wretchedness upon themselves and cast a shadow upon all around them. Life itself becomes a burden to them.''

''But it need not be thus. It will cost a determined effort to change the current of their thought. But the change can be made. Their happiness, both for this life and for the life to come, depends upon their fixing their minds upon cheerful things.''

''Let them look away from the dark picture, which is imaginary, to the benefits which God has strewn in their pathway, and beyond these to the unseen and eternal.''

''For every trial, God has provided help. When Israel in the desert came to the bitter waters of Marah, Moses cried unto the Lord. The Lord did not provide some new remedy; He called attention to that which was at hand.''

''A shrub which He had created was to be cast into the fountain to make the water pure and sweet. When this was done, the people drank of the water and were refreshed.''

''In every trial, if we seek Him, Christ will give us help. Our eyes will be opened to discern the healing promises recorded in His word. The Holy Spirit will teach us how to appropriate every blessing that will be an antidote to grief. For every bitter draft that is placed to our lips, we shall find a branch of healing.''

''We are not to let the future, with its hard problems, its unsatisfying prospects, make our hearts faint, our knees tremble, our hands hang down. 'Let him take hold of My strength,' says the Mighty One, 'that he may make peace with Me; and he will make peace with Me.' Isaiah 27:5.''

''Those who surrender their lives to His guidance and to His service will never be placed in a position for which He has not made provision. Whatever our situation, if we are doers of His word, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexity, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend.''

''If in our ignorance we make missteps, the Saviour does not forsake us. We need never feel that we are alone. Angels are our companions. The Comforter that Christ promised to send in His name abides with us.''

''In the way that leads to the City of God there are no difficulties which those who trust in Him may not overcome. There are no dangers which they may not escape. There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy.''

''None need abandon themselves to discouragement and despair. Satan may come to you with the cruel suggestion, 'Yours is a hopeless case. You are irredeemable.' But there is hope for you in Christ.''

''God does not bid us overcome in our own strength. He asks us to come close to His side. Whatever difficulties we labor under, which weigh down soul and body, He waits to make us free.''

''He who took humanity upon Himself knows how to sympathize with the sufferings of humanity. Not only does Christ know every soul, and the peculiar needs and trials of that soul, but He knows all the circumstances that chafe and perplex the spirit. His hand is outstretched in pitying tenderness to every suffering child.''

''Those who suffer most have most of His sympathy and pity. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and He desires us to lay our perplexities and troubles at His feet and leave them there.''

''It is not wise to look to ourselves and study our emotions. If we do this, the enemy will present difficulties and temptations that weaken faith and destroy courage. Closely to study our emotions and give way to our feelings is to entertain doubt and entangle ourselves in perplexity. We are to look away from self to Jesus.''

''When temptations assail you, when care, perplexity, and darkness seem to surround your soul, look to the place where you last saw the light. Rest in Christ's love and under His protecting care.''

''When sin struggles for the mastery in the heart, when guilt oppresses the soul and burdens the conscience, when unbelief clouds the mind, remember that Christ's grace is sufficient to subdue sin and banish the darkness. Entering into communion with the Saviour, we enter the region of peace.''

''Abiding peace, true rest of spirit, has but one Source. It was of this that Christ spoke when He said, 'Come unto Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.' Matthew 11:28''

'' 'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you: not as the world gives, do I give you.' John 14:27. This peace is not something that He gives apart from Himself. It is in Christ, and we can receive it only by receiving Him.''

''Christ is the wellspring of life. That which many need is to have a clearer knowledge of Him; they need to be patiently and kindly, yet earnestly, taught how the whole being may be thrown open to the healing agencies of heaven.''

''When the sunlight of God's love illuminates the darkened chambers of the soul, restless weariness and dissatisfaction will cease, and satisfying joys will give vigor to the mind and health and energy to the body.'' - The Ministry of Healing, Ch. 18: ''Mind Cure,'' Pgs. 247-250 | skip

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