Encourage

At these times everyone is suffering. No-one is exempt. If we could imagine ourselves in other people’s shoes, we could think where their hurt is and who is hurting. Then seek them out and encourage them. Where we are hurting, by helping others, it will help ourselves.

‘Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Not Alone

If we are alone in these times, life will be difficult. We are meant to be in groups and families. People who have no family of their own, can belong to God’s family as part of the church.

‘Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour.’ Ecclesiastes 4:9

Don’t Give Up

More and more I’m finding the importance of perseverance. Maybe we commit to contacting someone regularly, but then we forget or are too busy. This means no perseverance. What about the promise we made to read the Bible regularly? It becomes too difficult and we stop. Perseverance is continuing when things are difficult.

‘If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.’ John 15:7

Trust in God

In the struggles do we sometimes forget the power of our God? Do we bring Him down to our level with our worries? At this moment I am looking at a book with 2,171 pages and every page proclaims His greatness.

‘I know whom I have believed and am convinced that He is able to guard what I’ve entrusted to Him for that day.’ 2 timothy 1:12

Take Heart

I’m not sure where your country is in recovering from the corona virus but we can take heart. We do not need to despair, God is with us whatever our circumstances. He know all about the situation and He is more than capable to cope with any crisis.

‘Therefore we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.’2 Corinthians 4:16

It Will Pass

Life is difficult; times are hard but hang in there. It will pass and all our present problems will be worth our reward.

‘For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.’ 2 Corinthians 4:17

Where to Look

‘When I am afraid, I will trust in You.’ Psalm 56:3

When I speak to friends they admit to being afraid of the future. They don’t know what the world will look like after lockdown. They are afraid of a second wave in our country. Will they still have a job? Will the children be safe back at school? There is only one place to look; look to the living and all-powerful God.

Praying in His Will

‘I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer , believe that you have received it and it will be yours.’ Mark 11:24

I’m was interested in the tense used here. ‘You have received it.’ That is an example of God working immediately. Even before you pray for something (so long as you’re asking according to His will) you will be receiving it.