We all struggle.
We all get tired.
We all like our comfort zone.
In those times we want to quit, it is imperative that we surround ourselves with encouragement and people who won’t let us retreat. For me, my #1 fan is Jesus. The word of God is so encouraging. He is a God of hope and He is so rewarding when we endure and push through worldly hardship.
These are some of my favorite verses when I need to hear Him cheering me on. You have the loudest cheering section – you have all the angels and saints and those who have gone before us in heaven just wanting you to WIN! And if on a certain day you can’t hear them, call me – I will make sure you get a big heavy dose of KEEP ON GOING! I’m in your cheering section too…
What verses or words do you cling to in times of discouragement?
1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that the Lord your labor is not in vain.
The one who endures to the end will be saved.
For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
You need to perservere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what has promised.
Trials and tribulations come with both a purpose and a reward. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him”
I will never leave you, nor forsake you; therefore I can boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear what man can do to me” Trials develop godly character. “…we 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…
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
2 Chronicles 15:7
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Blessings for Obedience
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of theLord your God and walk in obedience to him. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.
The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.