Spiritual Encouragement: The Series Part 1
My, Devotion to Him #36
I had no plans to write on this topic. Let alone a series. As I've been working on several different series, devotions, and preparing a separate study devotion, this wasn't even in thought. God has an interesting way at just putting stuff in my lap. Like "Here. This is what you need to write about." Come to find out it's a great idea. Because, a lot of times in life we are discouraged, we feel just beaten down by the weights of this world. It's so easy to get in a slump and it can be hard to fight out of. In our life there are things that happen in which we have no idea why. We know from former devotions that God has perfect timing for everything, that He has a plan for us. We know that He is mighty and awesome. But, we continue to question and think that what we are experiencing is to much for ourself. We think that we must've done something wrong to have this happen. The answer is no. Actually no where in the Bible does God ever mention a life trouble free. He does mention that things will only get worse in life. But we can rejoice in Him because of our salvation. We will face many things in this life and it's always nice to have bit of encouragement. Encouragement can go along ways it seems. However, there is more than one way to get encouragement.
1. Encouragement from parents, friends, bosses, co-workers.
2. Encouragement from a Pastor, brothers and sisters in Christ.
3. Encouragement from the Word of God.
We are going to be focusing on the encouragement from the Word of God. We need not only our heart and mind encouraged but our spirits. We will break this passage and get support from other passages to help us with this word of encouragement.
VERSE PASSAGE: Psalm 37:23-24 "The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand." - NIV
"The Lord makes Firm the steps"
This is delightful to me right off the bat. That God makes our footsteps firm.
VERSE PASSAGE: Psalm 66:9 "he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping." - NIV
"of the one who delights in Him"
The definition of "delights" is to be pleased by someone. (In this area. We need to be pleased with who God is. With what He's done in our life. With being in connection with Him. We need to delight in the things of the lord.)
VERSE PASSAGE: Psalm 147:11 "the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love." - NIV
The Lord is pleased when we are God fearing people, and when we put our hope (which is a feeling of trust) in Him. So, when we are God fearing people and put our trust in Him, He is delighted and make our footsteps firm in this world. He preserves us and keeps us from slipping.
"though he may stumble he will not fall"
VERSE PASSAGE: Psalms 55:22 "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken." - NIV
VERSE PASSAGE: Proverbs 10:9 "Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out." - NIV
VERSE PASSAGE: Psalm 13:4-5 "and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation." - NIV
David had mentioned "when I fall" but it has been said when we put our trust in Him, He is pleased and will make our footsteps firm. Yes there are going to be times when we stumble. But know that you will not fall. Keep your faith and trust in the Lord, He will continue to keep your footsteps firm.
VERSE PASSAGE: Psalm 27:1-2 "The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall." - NIV
You can rest assured that as you are in Christ and put our faith and trust in the Lord, He will keep our footsteps firm. No matter what comes against, know that your enemies will be dealt with by the Lord. Know that when troubles come and the waves crash against you, the Lord has you.
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