“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

4.5 Some Encouragement

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have  tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

You might be feeling a bit “down” or overwhelmed after reading the prior chapter on perseverance. But know that as surely as trials and tribulations will come your way, so also will the Word of God stand firm to hold you up.

Please also know that every single thing that happens to you as a Christian is now under the watch, care and protection of Christ – there is no such thing as being “lucky”, or “a coincidence” for a Christian, for it is written: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Also, anxiety is not part of a Christian’s life, for it is written: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I’ve found the verses above to be tremendously helpful to me – especially as I was starting in my Christian walk. I’m sure you will find your own favorite verses also.

It’s very helpful to have memorized verses, so you can recall them in times of need or distress, or to simply encourage and teach others.

Christ will never forget or forsake you when you place your complete faith, trust and hope in Him. God doesn’t change His mind, break His promises, or speak lies. He cannot; His nature is perfect, holy, pure, righteous and true. Remember His words as a stronghold in times of distress, and look forward to the joy of heaven with Christ.

God promises to make all things new, and as a believer in Christ you will be there to see it yourself, with Him. Look past the trials and tribulations of this present world, to the future time of unspeakable glory, joy, peace and happiness with Christ in heaven.

You start each day new in Christ. Learn from yesterday’s mistakes (and successes), but press on today toward Christ no matter what happened yesterday. Pick yourself up, go forward toward Christ (lean into Him!) and persevere in your faith. He will never forget or forsake you; He is always with you. He knows your situation and circumstances. Nothing escapes Him; nothing goes unnoticed by Him. Trust in Him completely, with peace and joy and assurance.

No matter where you find yourself today, and no matter what your situation is or your circumstances are, Christ is there with you, right now. He knows you; He knows all about you; and He hears you. Nothing is hidden from Him; He hears, sees and knows everything; nothing surprises Him, so He can lead you safely forward in confidence.

Trust in His perfect will and in His commandments. Trust in your faith, strengthened by Him. He will never lose or forget you. Pray to Him daily, constantly, with boldness and with full candor; let Him walk with you today. Let His peace guard your heart. Stay focused only on Him, each day.

Here is a small commentary from one of the verse cards in our Rays of Hope booklet, on Romans 8:28-29:

God sees you and He sees everything that happens to you. He sees everything that happens, past, present and future; He knows all. Nothing surprises Him; nothing sneaks past Him. He promises that all things work together for your good and the good of all those together with you who love Him, whether it is easy to understand the “why” right now or not. You are in His loving care! He will never forget or forsake you. His nature is perfect holiness, love, mercy and grace. Trust in His nature with confidence, joy and hope.

And here is a small commentary from one of the verse cards in our The Peace of God booklet on Philippians 4:6-7:

Do you trust completely in the Lord Jesus Christ? I mean for all things, great and small? For health, wealth, happiness and also in persecution, trials and tribulations? When you fully trust in the Lord, you will find that anxiety disappears, and this “peace of God,” which does in fact surpass all understanding, will come over you, and you can definitely feel it. It is a distinct feeling that you get – a sense of complete calmness. You are not the source of this peace – it is of God Himself, which He is giving to you. But this only happens when you fully and completely trust in the Lord for all things. Peace and trust are closely linked. Nothing happens to a Christian by luck or chance – God is in full control of all things in the life of a Christian. In fact, anxiety for a  Christian is just a lack of faith. So when you are facing something tough, offer up your prayers and petitions (requests) to God, and then let Him be in control – trust in the Lord completely. And He will give you His peace, which is amazing!

And listed below are some of my favorite verses; I’m sure you will also find your own favorites.

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And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – Romans 5:3-5

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2

“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”
–  Hebrews 13:6

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” –  Matthew 28:19-20

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. –  Philippians 3:20

And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:3-4

Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:6-8

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:22-23

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6
[Note: don’t misconstrue this verse to mean “once saved always saved”, which is a false teaching!]

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren. – Romans 8:28-29

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” – John 14:1-3

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

For the form of this world is passing away. – 1 Corinthians 7:31

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. – John 14:27

“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
“Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
Whom I myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.
My heart faints within me! – Job 19:25-27

“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15

As for God, His way is blameless;
The word of the Lord is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. – Psalm 18:30

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. – Romans 8:18

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:11-13

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
– Psalm 27:1

“I love You, O Lord, my strength.”
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;

My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies. – Psalm 18:1-3

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me.
– Psalm 23:4

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
– Psalm 91:1-3

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
– Psalm 91:5-7

And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone. – Matthew 7:8

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 5:8-11

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. – Ephesians 1:18-21

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. – Philippians 4:8

“Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” – John 12:31-32

Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
– Isaiah 40:31

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:35-40

But the Lord abides forever;
He has established His throne for judgment,
And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.
The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You
. – Psalm 9:7-10

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:6-7

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. – Colossians 2:13-15

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.
– Psalm 34:1-7

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. – Zechariah 4:6

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. – Matthew 24:35

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