HOPE, CONSOLATION, PEACE & INSPIRATION
We live in a world filled with troubles. Perhaps there is a
problem that plagues you; or maybe it is concern over something
your control...war, economics, crime, violence, addiction,
hunger, environment or homelessness. Maybe someone or even a
of people has hurt you, it may even be someone in the Church.
declare that most Americans use the following as stress
TV, radio, drinking, smoking and drugs. But when its over, what's
improved? Consider turning to the Bible, which can: comfort and
inspire us, give us peace, offers solutions, healing and
us with His Power. His Word can help us to understand and
while teaching us to humbly take up our cross and follow Jesus.
The following verses are random selections from thousands of
that can light our path, and guide our steps. Remember all the
ills are ultimately the result of sin, and the solution is to
hardened hearts toward an all-loving God. Clear your mind, bring
troubles and concerns to Jesus. Take time to ponder each verse.
and seek the mind of the Lord. Occasional thoughts are provided.
Imagine you're listening to Him.
"You, Lord, are near to all who call...to all who call upon
truth...You, Lord, watch over all who love You, but the wicked
destroy." (Psalm 145:18, 20).
"Happy the man who finds wisdom, the person who gains
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
Principalities and Powers, with the world rulers of this present
the evil spirits in the heavens." (Eph. 6:12).
Here's a meditation for times of trouble; picture the storm in
life and Jesus..."He got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
was great calm. The men were amazed and said, 'Who is this that
the winds and the sea obey Him?'" (Matthew 26-27).
"Come you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have
come! Receive grain and eat; come without paying and without
drink wine and milk! Why spend your money on what is not bread,
wages on what fails to satisfy? Listen to Me, and you shall eat
and you shall delight in rich fare. Pay attention, heed Me;
and your soul will live. I will renew with you My everlasting
"I know well the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans
welfare, not woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When
call to Me, when you pray to Me, I will listen to you. When you
Me, you shall find Me." (Jer. 29:11-13). (There are times
think we know what we want, and think that it is truly in our
interest. But there are times God has something better for us in
and the Lord asks us to trust in Him.)
"For people, it is impossible, but with God, all things are
(Mt. 19:26) (All of creation is a miracle! We considered earlier
in this book that God sustains all of the universe in existence!
So there is no problem or challenge beyond His Wisdom and loving
care, no hurt to great for healing, if we but turn to Him in
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don't depend on
understanding." (Proverbs 3:5).
"Indeed it is not easy to die even for a good man, yet for
really worthy, a man might be prepared to die. But God proves His
love for us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for
us." (Romans 5:6-8).
Our Creator tells us, "I will instruct you and show you the
should walk, give you counsel and watch over you." (Ps.
listen to God, and follow His sure paths!
"Ours were the sufferings He bore, ours the sorrows that
He was pierced for our faults, crushed for our sins. On Him lies
a punishment that brings us peace, and by His wounds we are
We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way, and
Lord burdened Him with the sins of us all." (Is. 53:4-6)
"In the days to come the temple of the Lord shall be higher
mountains...and peoples shall flow to it; nations without number
will come: and say, 'Come, let us climb the mount of the
He may teach us His Ways and we may walk in His paths...' He will
judge over many peoples and arbitrate for mighty nations; they
hammer their swords into plowshares, their spears into sickles.
will not lift sword against nation, nor shall they train for war
Every man shall sit under his own vine or under his own fig tree,
undisturbed; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
(Such prophecies deserve our prayers.)
"Jesus told her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. If
in Me, even if he dies, he will live, and whoever lives and
in Me will never die. Do you believe this?'" (John
"The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger and abounding
The Lord is good to all and compassionate to every
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
"For I will restore you to health; of your wounds I will
says the Lord." (Jeremiah 31:17). (Some 'wounds' are
are emotional or spiritual. He can heal them all!)
"Thus says the Lord God:...'I shall pour clean water over
cleanse you of your impurities...I shall give you a new heart,
place a new spirit in you; removing the heart of stone from your
bodies and give you a natural heart instead. You shall be My
and I will be your God." (Ez. 36:22, 25, 26, 28).
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in God and
in Me." (John 14:1).
"Taste and see the goodness of the Lord! Happy are those who
shelter in Him!" (Psalm 34:9).
"Jesus said to him, 'If you can! Everything is possible to
has faith!' Then the boy's father said: 'I do believe, help my
"Peace I leave with you, My Peace I give to you. I do not
to you as the world gives peace. Do not let your hearts be
or afraid." (John 14:27).
"He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from
(Proverbs 21:23). (We should recall that God gave us two ears and
one mouth, a reminder that we should listen more, talk less, and
our words carefully to uplift and edify, not tear up or put
"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and upset over many things;
only is required." (Lk. 10:41-42).
"Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
as shrewd as serpents, and as innocent as doves." (Matthew
. (We are told not to judge, but we are to 'discern.')
"He nourishes the nations, and gives them food in
"Take courage and be stouthearted, all you who hope in the
"All good things...come from above..." (James 1:17).
(Many times when
we feel that things are hopeless, or that God has abandoned us,
and consider that we have countless blessings, and these always
our troubles! Think about the small blessings: for example, one
even tie shoelaces if God didn't give man thumbs. Stop, think and
count your blessings.)
"According to his good sense a man is praised"
"Whatever you do for one of the least of My brethren, that
unto Me." (Mt. 25:40).
"This is the will of God, your holiness: that you refrain
from immorality." (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
"Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: Though
be like scarlet, they may become white as snow." (Isaiah
"Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The
willing, but the flesh is weak." (Mt. 26:41).
"...By Your way, give me life." (Psalm 119:37).
"How long, O Lord, shall the wicked, how long shall the
"As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are My
your ways, and My thoughts above your thoughts." (Isaiah
"I myself will pasture My sheep, I will show them where to
the Lord. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray,
the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the
and the strong, I shall be a true shepherd to them." (Ez.
"I have called you friends..." (John 15:15). (Jesus
called us FRIENDS!
Whenever you feel the need for a friend, consider Jesus as the
friend anyone could ever have! He listens, loves and cares!)
"Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will
rest." (Mt. 11:28).
"Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my
You, O Lord, mark my iniquities, Lord, who can stand?"
(Psalm 130:1, 3).
"My people perish for lack of knowledge!" (Hosea 4:6).
man 'perish' in so many projects? Often, it is because we think
people do, and fail to apply Godly wisdom.)
"...zeal for Your house consumes me..." (Psalm 69:10).
zealous for love of 'His Father's house,' the Temple in
Shouldn't we be zealous for Jesus' Church?)
"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you your
"Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to
those who hate you, and pray for those who use you and persecute
you." (Mt. 5:44). (Part of God's 'peace plan'; it helped
convert the sinful Roman Empire.)
"...Without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5). (We
are weak, He
is infinitely strong!)
"I have learned in whatever situation I am in, therein to be
(Phil. 4:11) (A good verse for serenity. We are sinners, what do
we really deserve? Yet in His love and mercy, Jesus desires to
us! Unite your sufferings to the Lord, as the Apostle Paul
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
your soul and with all your mind....You shall love your neighbor
yourself." (Mt. 22:37, 39).
"I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with
sackcloth and ashes...We have sinned, been wicked and done
(Daniel 9:3, 5).
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens
4:13) . (When Paul tried worldly wisdom, it led to failures; but
using the power and 'mind' of Christ converted thousands by the
and example of this one man!)
"The one who doubts is like a wave of a sea that is driven
about by the wind." (James 1:6).
"One thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long. To dwell in
of the Lord all the days of my life." (Ps. 27:4).
"He cured many of their diseases, sufferings and evil
sight to many who were blind." (Lk.7:21).
"I sought the Lord, who answered me, delivering me from all
"For in Him we live, and move and have our being."
(Re-read these later, ponder them, and let them soak in. Search
the Scriptures, let them enlighten and inspire you!)
"We must obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29).
"Lord, You have probed me, You know me: You know when I sit
I stand; You understand my thoughts from afar. My travels and my
rest You mark, with all my ways You are familiar. Even before a
is on my tongue, Lord, You know it all." (Psalm 139:1-4).
"In my mother's womb, You knit my inmost being. I praise
wonderfully You made me, wonderful are Your works!" (Psalm
"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans
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