Good morning everyone! The Lord has put it on my heart to send some encouragement your way today. While the world seems to be falling apart in every way imaginable, we must not lose hope. There is great peace, hope, and joy in Jesus, and He is coming soon! Let us fix our eyes on Jesus and be at peace in the great hope to which He has called us! The evil one might win a few battles, but Jesus already won the war!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”
-1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Always remember that the Lord will finish the work He started in you, and He will see you through to the very end! If you believe in Jesus, then you already stand victorious over the evil one, sin, and death, even as we struggle through the onslaught of trials and temptations here on earth. You are redeemed, standing white and clean before the Lord! Your sins are forgiven and nothing can snatch you out of His hand!
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
“This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
-1 John 5:3-5
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
-Jesus speaking in John 10:27-30
“Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
“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.”
-Jesus speaking in John 3:16
Be at peace and be strong in the grace and forgiveness of the Lord! Jesus is with us and He will never leave us nor forsake us! He will come back to rescue us very soon!
“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.”
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be
What can man do to me?”
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”
Jesus Christ is Lord!
Grace and peace to you all!