7.13.2017

A small book filled with encouraging truth. (Part I)

Wow. This book is fantastic.
I have already read six chapters, but this was the first week my friend and I exchanged our notes, on chapter one. 
Wonderful truths are packed into the first six pages!

I pray these quotes will provide encouragement and hope to anyone who is discouraged, sad, isolated, suffering, or weak and weary.
Friend, you are NOT alone.
There is an amazing God reaching toward you with an outstretched hand, gently calling, "Come to Me, all 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 for your souls." 
Matthew 11: 28, 29
Will you take His hand?

➤ " ... when we are discouraged, or face difficulties, or feel God has deserted us, our great temptation is to turn in upon ourselves. We lose our sense of perspective, our objectivity.
We need to be brought out of ourselves and have our gaze redirected from what we are and do to what God is and does."

➤ "Quick counsel will only see us through from one crisis to the next. We need long-term help, and that can only be provided by long-term measures.
Disciplined, thoughtful, prayerful study of God's Word, undertaken with the Spirit's help, is what we need.
It will change the way we think and consequently the way we live, and ultimately the way we feel."
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

➤ "... teach and encourage the sufferers in solid, inductive Bible study, and to discourage mere devotional reading. 
In most depressed people, devotional reading has either stopped altogether, or it has degenerated into something unhealthy and unhelpful.
When we study and meditate on the Scriptures, they begin to make a significant impact on the whole of our lives.
A cleansing process takes place when our lives are thus exposed to the influence of God's Word in Scripture.
That process is as important to our spiritual well-being as the cleansing of a wound is to its healing."
Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth. John 17:17

➤ "Through God's rebukes we see our need; through the healing powers of His Word - its encouragement, redirection, assurance - our minds and spirits can be healed.
In fact, says Paul, all the equipment to help us to be stable servants of Christ can be found in Scripture.
And stability is the very quality we need when we are discouraged and have begun to think, "I cannot stand it much longer."
Most of all, Scripture refocuses our hearts and minds on the God whose character is revealed in it. Knowing Him better is our deepest need.
Meeting that need will put all of our other needs - our doubts, discouragements, depression, disconsolation - in their proper context."
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16, 17

➤ "Knowledge and love of God create an environment in which discouragement and a sense of depression or spiritual desertion find difficulty in breathing."
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek

my face.”My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
 Hide not your face from me.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27:7-8, 13-14

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