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Summary: Be encouraged!

20 Reasons to Be Encouraged!

John Shearhart

June 26, 2011

Tonight my goal is simply to encourage you with words of truth and life:

#1- God always accomplishes His purposes

For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? (Isaiah 14:27).

#2- God never changes in mind, purpose, or nature

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed (Malachi 3:6).

#3- God is in control of all our needs

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

#4- God protects us and will not let us down

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah (Psalm 46:1-3).

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness (Isaiah 41:10).

#5- God carries all our burdens

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22).

#6- God never tires of sustaining us

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:28-31).

#7- God causes every trial to have meaning

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:3-5).

#8- Jesus Christ intercedes for us always

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us (Romans 8:31-34).

Listen to this excerpt from William Jones’ History of the Christian Church of what some early Christians thought about Jesus as intercessor:

“Christ alone obtains whatsoever he requests in behalf of those whom he hath reconciled by his death. He is the only and sole mediator between God and man, the advocate and intercessor with the Father for sinners; and so sufficient is he, that God the Father denies nothing to any one which he asks in his name. For, being near unto God, and living of himself, he prays to God continually for us; and such an high-priest became us, who was holy, harmless, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens." There is nothing attainable at the hand of God but through Jesus the mediator, how great is the folly of seeking any other intercessor! He having made expiation for the sins of his people, and having approached unto God for them, where he ever lives to intercede. "No man comes to the Father but by him." Hence he himself says, "Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, I will do it."

#9- The Holy Spirit intercedes for us always

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).

#10- God’s grace is always free and always abounds more than our sin

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound (Romans 5:20).

#11- God’s truth abides in us

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