I love motivational and encouraging messages and the best ones I get are from the Lord. If you ever need a boost, go to the Lord. Go to Him and receive what He has for you by faith. God speaks in his Word and He has all the encouragement we will ever need. When I pray for encouragement, I expect to receive exactly what I am asking for and the Lord always delivers. Today I want to share three verses that have inspired me and encouraged me. I know them by heart but every time I look at them or I meditate on them, something new comes to mind and I find the specific encouragement I need at that very moment. God is extremely precise and specific and He has a word for every situation and for every circumstance. There is nothing that can happen to you that is not covered in the Word of God. There is nothing that can take place in your life that the Lord can’t handle. There is nothing the enemy can do that the Lord won’t reverse or control. When you turn to God for encouragement, remember that you are turning to the One who can do the impossible. Not only is He the king of wisdom, He is also the king of miracles. In His Word you are being encouraged by the One who turned water into wine and who opened the seas for His people to walk on dry land. You are being encouraged by the One who healed the blind and who can mend any broken heart. When you ask God for motivation, don’t expect Him to give you just a small push forward. He can propel you to new heights and make you fly over all your troubles. The three verses I am going to share today have made me fly way above many trials and tribulations.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”* I use the name of the Lord all the time when I pray. I use the name of the Lord all the time when I praise and I also use the name of the Lord all the time when I rebuke the enemy and I stand my ground. The Lord’s name is a tower. We can find refuge in His name. We can find a safe place and a haven of peace in His name. His name is above all names. We can speak His name in our lives over anything that tries to get in the way of our peace. The name of Jesus changes things. His name brings down strongholds and protects us against the forces of darkness. The enemy has strongholds that mimic the Lord’s tower. His strongholds seem indestructible. The name of the Lord is indestructible but the enemy’s towers can be torn down by the name of Jesus. If you are in need of encouragement, use the name of Jesus in all you do. See how it blesses you and it stops the enemy in its track.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”** We have all been in the valley of the shadow of death. You might be there now. That valley is like the pit of hell where there is no room to breathe and no hope to hold on to. However, there is good news in the valley. The Lord is with us in the valley. He won’t leave us there. He won’t let the enemy hurt us in the valley. Walk with God in the valley, friend. Don’t pay attention to the darkness around you. Focus on the light of the Lord inside you. The valley might be dark but the hope of Jesus is brighter than the sun. There is always hope in the valley of death. His name is Jesus. Don’t fear evil. The destroyer of evil is by your side. Remind the enemy that Jesus defeated him. Remind him of the cross and brandish your victory in Jesus. The valley can be deep but the Lord’s love for you is deeper. You will come out of the valley in the name of Jesus!
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’”*** This verse has given me so much encouragement through the years. I was so used to the impossible being impossible in my younger years. I didn’t know that miracles were available to me. I didn’t think I deserved miracles. Then I found out that the Lord loved me so much that He had died for me and His resurrection power allowed miracles to happen in my life. All I needed was to embrace His love and give Him permission to do the impossible in my life by living in faith. Faith allows miracles to come into our lives. The Lord is the performer of miracles and our faith is the facilitator of miracles. With God nothing is ever impossible. Keep that verse in front of your eyes. Let it challenge your circumstances. Let it defeat doubts and fears. God is going to do amazing things in your life. Expect the impossible. Expect miracles. Expect the extraordinary. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Proverbs 18:10*; Psalm 23:4**; Mark 10:27***