It’s inevitable that we will walk through some tough times in our lives, even as believers. I recently went through one of these times in my life and as I was looking through some old notes and I found a wild scribble on a piece of paper where I encouraged myself in the Lord.
Here’s what I wrote:
I “cast down all arguements and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. I take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” (2Cor 10:5)
To Believe the Best and Not the Worse: I Cor 13:7
Optimism and Not Cynicism: Prov 4:8
Faith and Not Fear: I John 4:8
Love and Not Anger: Eph 5:22
Life and Not Death: John 10:10
Solutions and Not Problems: James 1:5
The Desires of My Heart: Psalm 37:4
A Future and a Hope: Jer 29:11
All Things Being Added to Me: Matt 6:33
All Thing I Need For Life and Godliness: 2 Peter 1:3
Every Good and Perfect Gift From Above: James 1:17
The Reward of Being a Diligent Seeker: Heb 11:6
I will meditate on these things and give my full attention to them so that my profiting (my growth in grace) may be evident to all. (I Tim 4:15)
Anyone believer who is going through a tough time in their life can do these same things.
This is why knowing the Word of God and having it hidden in your heart is so essential to living an overcoming Christian life (Psalm 119:11). The Holy Spirit can pull up the answers right from your own storehouse. (John 14:26) Once we know the truth, we simply hold fast to it and trust that God will take us all the way through by faith. (Phil 1:6) With the comfort and grace you receive, you will be able to impart the same to someone else and strengthen their journey. (2Cor 1:4)
My hope is that this may help you like it once helped me. God’s Word is our strength and help for every trying circumstance. If you haven’t ever attempted to memorize it, why not start with a few of these verses?
I think I’ll start on some new ones myself!