Do You Need Encouragement?

There’s a longing in our souls to know there’s more to this life than what we see. In the daily routine, there can be ups, downs, and even boredom. Relationships can bring encouragement, but quite often; discouragement. The first century Christians knew the taste of discouragement. They knew what it was like to look out over their own cities and know the tide of public opinion had turned against them. They knew what it felt like to be lied about, threatened and rejected by those who once welcomed them.

Peter, a man who knew the ups and downs of a spiritual journey, wrote letters of encouragement and challenge. He knew the crush of failure, the sting of rejection, but he also knew what it felt like to soar. To them, he said these words as a reminder:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved for you in heaven.” – 1 Peter 1:3-4 NKJV

If the timbers of your soul need strengthening today, perhaps these anchors will help secure them:

  • Abundant mercy (lavish and gracious)
  • Living hope (alive and new every morning)
  • Inheritance incorruptible (untouchable by the world)
  • Reserved for you (He knows your name)

May these truths reassure your spirit today and give you courage for tomorrow.

Originally posted on The Compass 365 as “Encouragement”

Stumped Toes and Skinned Knees

Sometimes the journey of faith is filled with “stumped toes” and “skinned knees”. Do you ever feel like sitting down, tending to your wounds, and giving up? If so, you’re not alone. Jesus understands the struggles we face. Think about that for a moment; He actually, literally, in a real-life-work-a-day-world understands your challenges. As a matter of fact, He may be the only one that really understands because He not only knows the circumstances, He knows you. For a disciple, it’s good to occasionally hear the following words:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest in your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV

The original word-picture is of a young ox being teamed up with a strong, experienced one for learning and support. Jesus encourages us to relax in our spirit and find true rest in our souls while still moving forward. Only He can provide that. If you’re feeling tired and beat-up today, lean into Him. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Originally posted on The Compass 365 as “Burdens”

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