A Portion of God's Holy Word Regarding:
Discouraged – Disappointed – Defeated – Depression – Despair – Despondency – Pessimism – Remorse – Weariness
"Don't be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for you today… The LORD will fight for you, and you shall be still." Exodus 14:13-14 (HNV)
Fear not, neither be discouraged. Deuteronomy 1:21 (KJV)
It is the LORD who goes before you; He will be with you, He will not fail you or forsake you; do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8 (RSV)
"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Joshua 1:9 (KJV)
And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. 1 Samuel 1:15 (KJV)
"But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded." 2 Chronicles 15:7 (NRSV)
Thus says the LORD to you, "Don't be afraid you, neither be dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's." 2 Chronicles 20:15 (HNV)
Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed… for there is One greater with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles. 2 Chronicles 32:7-8 (NRSV)
You must give your whole heart to Him and hold out your hands to Him for help. Put away the sin that is in your hand; let no evil remain in your tent. Then you can lift up your face without shame, and you can stand strong without fear. You will forget your trouble and darkness will seem like morning. Your life will be as bright as the noonday sun, and darkness will seem like morning. You will feel safe because there is hope; you will look around and rest in safety. You will lie down, and no one will scare you. Many people will want favors from you. Job 11:13-19 (NCV™)
God teaches people through suffering and uses distress to open their eyes. Job 36:15 (GNT)
You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head… I laid myself down and slept. I awakened; for the LORD sustains me. Psalms 3:3, 5 (HNV)
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalms 4:8 (NKJV)
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. Psalms 5:11-12 NKJV)
Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint. LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. Psalms 6:2 (HNV)
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalms 9:9-10 (ESV)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; You anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalms 23:1-6 (KJV)
To you, Yahweh, do I lift up my soul. My God, in You have I trusted, Let me not be put to shame. Don't let my enemies triumph over me. Yes, no one who waits for You shall be put to shame. They shall be put to shame who deal treacherously without cause. Psalms 25:1-3 (WEB)
I look to the Lord for help at all times, and He rescues me from danger. Turn to me, Lord, and be merciful to me, because I am lonely and weak. Relieve me of my worries and save me from all my troubles. Consider my distress and suffering and forgive all my sins. Psalms 25:15-18 (GNT)
God, You pulled me out of the grave, gave me another chance at life when I was down-and-out. All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God! Thank Him to His face! He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter… I called out to You, God; I laid my case before You: "Can you sell me for a profit when I'm dead? Auction me off at a cemetery yard sale? When I'm 'dust to dust' my songs and stories of You won't sell. So listen! and be kind! Help me out of this!" You did it: You changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I'm about to burst with song; I can't keep quiet about You. God, my God, I can't thank You enough. Psalms 30:3-5, 8-12 (The Message)
The righteous cry, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves those who have a crushed spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalms 34:17-19 (HNV)
Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when He delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand. I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Psalms 37:23-25 (NRSV)
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance… Yet the LORD will command His loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. Psalms 42:5, 8 (KJV)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Psalms 46:1-3 (KJV)
For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart--These, O God, You will not despise. Psalms 51:16-17 (NKJV)
Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble. Psalms 55:22 (GOD’S WORD®)
Give us help in our trouble; for there is no help in man. Through God we will do great things, for through Him our haters will be crushed under our feet. Psalms 60:11-12 (BBE)
Hear my cry, God. Listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth, I will call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will dwell in Your tent forever. I will take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Psalms 61:1-4 (WEB)
Save me, God, for the waters have come up to my neck! Psalms 69:1 (HNV)
Hear, Yahweh, and answer me, For I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul, for I am godly. You, my God, save your servant who trusts in You. Be merciful to me, Lord, For I call to You all day long… Hear, Yahweh, my prayer. Listen to the voice of my petitions. Psalms 86:1-3, 6 (WEB)
You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, say this: "God, You're my refuge. I trust in You and I'm safe!" That's right - He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you - under them you're perfectly safe; His arms fend off all harm. Psalms 91:1-4 (The Message)
He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for His mercy toward those who fear and honor Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. Psalms 103: 10-12 (TLB)
Let your search be for the Lord and for His strength; let your hearts ever be turned to Him. Keep in mind the great works which He has done; His wonders, and the decisions of His mouth. Psalms 105:4-5 (BBE)
I still had faith, though I said, "I am in great trouble." Psalms 116:10 (BBE)
Out of my distress, I called on the LORD. The LORD answered me with freedom. The LORD is on my side. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The LORD is on my side among those who help me. Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, Than to put confidence in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, Than to put confidence in princes. Psalms 118:5-9 (HNV)
I will lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from Yahweh, Who made Heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved. He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. Yahweh is your keeper. Yahweh is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day, Nor the moon by night. Yahweh will keep you from all evil. He will keep your soul. Yahweh will keep your going out and your coming in, From this time forth, and forevermore. Psalms 121:1-8 (WEB)
I cry out, God, call out: 'You're my last chance, my only hope for life!' Oh listen, please listen; I've never been this low. Rescue me from those who are hunting me down; I'm no match for them. Get me out of this dungeon so I can thank You in public. Your people will form a circle around me and You'll bring me showers of blessing!" Psalms 142:5-7 (The Message)
Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In Your faithfulness answer me, in Your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with Your servant, for no one living is righteous before You.
For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that You have done; I ponder the work of Your hands. I stretch out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land. Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to You for refuge! Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God! Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground!
For Your name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life! In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble! And in Your steadfast love You will cut off my enemies, and You will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am Your servant. Psalms 143:1-12 (ESV)
The Lord helps those who have been defeated and takes care of those who are in trouble. Psalms 145:14 (NCV™)
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)
It is sad not to get what you hoped for. But wishes that come true are like eating fruit from the tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 (NCV™)
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:26-27 (NKJV)
Iniquity is atoned for by mercy and truth; evil is avoided by reverence for God. Proverbs 16:6 (TLB)
A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength. Proverbs 17:22 (NCV™)
The fear of the Lord is life indeed; filled with it one rests secure and suffers no harm. Proverbs 19:23 (NRSV)
Even though good people may be bothered by trouble seven times, they are never defeated, but the wicked are overwhelmed by trouble. Proverbs 24:16 (NCV™)
O Lord, have mercy on us; for we have been waiting for Your help: be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of trouble. Isaiah 33:2 (BBE)
They shall see the glory of Yahweh, the excellency of our God. Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Tell those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, don't be afraid… He will come and save you." Isaiah 35:2-4 (WEB)
Have you not known? have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn't faint, neither is weary; there is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 (HNV)
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
"You shall know that I am Yahweh; and those who wait for Me shall not be put to shame." Isaiah 49:23 (WEB)
The Lord will be your guide at all times; in dry places He will give you water in full measure, and will make strong your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like an ever-flowing spring. Isaiah 58:11 (BBE)
"Have no fear because of them: for I am with you, to keep you safe, says the Lord." Jeremiah 1:8 (BBE)
Thus says the Lord: "Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward for your work." Jeremiah 31:16 (NRSV)
I was making prayer to Your name, O Lord, out of the lowest prison. My voice came to You; let not Your ear be shut to my breathing, to my cry. You came near in the day when I made my prayer to You: You said, "Have no fear." Lamentations 3:55-57 (BBE)
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in Heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV)
Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." Matthew 9:2 (NKJV)
"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
[The following is the Parable of the Prodigal Son, revealing God’s inclusive compassion and love for us, and the joy He expresses when sinners repent and turn to Him. God is presented as the father in this parable in that He is always willing to welcome a returning child. The younger son in this parable is the newly religious Jews Jesus was teaching, who were considered religious lawbreakers by the Pharisees, and were ostracized from society. Also, the parable teaches that God’s people should always rejoice when sinners repent and because of God’s willingness to accept them. This was aimed at the Pharisees—represented by the older brother in the parable—who often criticized Jesus for eating and socializing with the sinners and outcasts, in order to bring them to repentance.]
"Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting."
He said, "A certain man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of your property.' He divided his living to them.
"Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and took his journey into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living. When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need. He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.
"But when he came to himself he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants."'
"He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son.'
"But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate; for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to be merry.
"Now his elder son was in the field. As he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on.
"He said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him safe and sound.'
"But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him. But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, and you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'
"He said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.'" Luke 15:10-32 (WEB)
Jesus said unto them, "I am the bread of Life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst." John 6:35 (KJV)
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, "I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of Life." John 8:12 (KJV)
In a vision by night, the Lord said to Paul, "Dismiss your fears: go on speaking, and do not give up. I am with you." Acts 18:9-10 (WNT)
I always do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and men. Acts 24:16 (HCSB)
Now that we have God's approval by faith, we have peace with God because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done. Through Christ we can approach God and stand in His favor. So we brag because of our confidence that we will receive glory from God. But that's not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance, endurance creates character, and character creates confidence. We're not ashamed to have this confidence, because God's love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5 (GOD’S WORD®)
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:20-23 (ESV)
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also give us all things with Him?
Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, "For Thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 (RSV)
No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing He will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NRSV)
Therefore, my dear brethren, be firm, unmovable, busily occupied at all times in the Lord's work, knowing that your toil is not fruitless in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (WNT)
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don't know why things happen as they do, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. These bodies of ours are constantly facing death just as Jesus did; so it is clear to all that it is the living Christ within who keeps us safe.
Yes, we live under constant danger to our lives because we serve the Lord, but this gives us constant opportunities to show forth the constant power of Jesus Christ within our dying bodies. Because of our preaching we face death, but it has resulted in eternal life for you.
We boldly say what we believe trusting God to care for us, just as the Psalm writer did when he said, "I believe and therefore I speak." We know that the same God who brought the Lord Jesus back from death will also bring us back to life again with Jesus, and present us to Him along with you. These sufferings of ours are for your benefit. And the more of you who are won to Christ, the more there are to thank Him for His great kindness, and the more the Lord is glorified.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. These troubles and sufferings are, after all, quite small and won't last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God's richest blessing upon us forever and ever! So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in Heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:8-18 (TLB)
God… comforts the downcast. 2 Corinthians 7:6 (ESV)
At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then He told me, 'My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.' Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size - abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (The Message)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
Let us not be deficient in doing good. For in due time, we shall reap without fail. Therefore, while we have time, we should do good works toward everyone, and most of all toward those who are of the household of the faith. Galatians 6:9-10 (CPDV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11 (NRSV)
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (NLT)
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (WEB)
My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (WEB)
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (WEB)
The Lord is true, who will give you strength and keep you safe from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (BBE)
You then, my child, must be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:1 (WNT)
From this time onward there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who love the thought of His Appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8 (WNT)
God is not unfair. He will not forget the work you did or the love you showed for him in the help you gave and are still giving to other Christians. Hebrews 6:10 (GNT)
This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God Himself behind the sacred curtains of Heaven. Hebrews 6:19 (TLB)
Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for He has said, "I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you." So that with good courage we say, "The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What will man do to me…" Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:6-7, 8 (WEB)
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:3-4 (ESV)
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