a refreshing word

by racheliliadis

Are you feeling worthless? Lonely or worn down? Sometimes life is just hard. We all go through periods where our heart feels worn out and needs to be refreshed. Although we try to fight it, God’s Word is what our heart longs for. It’s the only encouragement that will suffice. That said, here is an excerpt from an e-mail I received recently that has God’s response to the many emotions that you might be facing. I hope you find it encouraging!

Lord, I feel…..

You have made me more than a conqueror (Rom 8:37).
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

You are my deliverer (Rom 11:26).
And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.

You are my counselor (Isa 9:6).
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, [a] Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

A failure….yet
You have made me an overcomer (1 Jn 5:4).
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith

You did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7).
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

You are a friend who sticks closer to me than a brother (Prov 18:24).
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

In darkness….yet
You are a light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet (Ps 119:105).
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

You promised never to leave me nor forsake me (Heb 13:5).
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;never will I forsake you.”

I’m accepted and approved by You (Eph 1:4).
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

You supply all my need according to Your riches in glory (Phil 4:19).
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

You are the Lord who heals all my diseases (Ps 103:3).
…who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

You are my peace (Jn 14:27).
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you asthe world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

You are the purifier and refiner of my life (Mal 3:3).
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify theLevites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will havemen who will bring offerings in righteousness,

You are my strength and my strong tower (Ps 18:2).
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn [a] of my salvation, my stronghold.

You see me as a pearl of great price (Matt 13:46).
When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

For Each Negative Thing We Say to Ourselves, God Has A Positive Answer For It.

You say: “It’s impossible”
God says: “All things are possible” (Luke 18:27)
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

You say: “I’m too tired”
God says: “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

You say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says: “I love you” (John 3:16 & John 13:34)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

You say: “I can’t go on”
God says: “I will direct your steps” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

You say: “I can’t do it”
God says: “You can do all things” (Philippians 4:13)
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

You say: “I’m not able”
God says: “I am able” (II Corinthians 9:8)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all thingsat all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every goodwork.

You say: “It’s not worth it”
God says: “It will be worth it” (Romans 8:28)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

You say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says: “I FORGIVE YOU” (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

You say: “I can’t manage”
God says: “I will supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19)
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

You say: “I’m afraid”
God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear” (2Timothy 1:7)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says: “Cast all your cares on ME” (I Peter 5:7)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

You say: “I don’t have enough faith”
God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3)
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

You say: “I’m not smart enough”
God says: “I give you wisdom” (I Corinthians 1:30)
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for uswisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

You say: “I feel all alone”
God says: “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”

My heart is overwhelmed with the depth of God’s love for us. He understands everything we are going through and will answer us.