Good News: Encouragement for a World in Crisis

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?

Psalm 27:1 NIV

When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD;
he brought me into a spacious place.
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
The LORD is with me; he is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.

Psalm 118:5-9 NIV

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:31 NIV

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

God Is For Us

The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Psalm 118:6 NLT

If only we really believed this, right? We want to believe it. We try to believe it. We will ourselves to believe it. But we can get so frightened about what people, things, and circumstances around us can do to us that we forget Who is for us. 

  • The Maker of Heaven and Earth is for us. (Psalm 146:6)
  • The King of Glory is for us. (Psalm 24:8)
  • The Sovereign Lord is for us. (Psalm 68:19-20)
  • The Creator of the universe is for us. (Genesis 1:1)
  • Our Great God is for us. (Psalm 95:3)
  • The Most High is for us. (Psalm 91:1)
  • Our Compassionate Lord is for us. (Psalm 116:5)
  • The Prince of Peace is for us. (Isaiah 9:6)
  • The Healer is for us. (Psalm 147:3)
  • Our Unchanging Father is for us. (James 1:17)
  • The Promises Keeper is for us. (2 Peter 3:9)
  • The Ultimate Forgiver is for us. (1 John 1:9)

When we remember who God is and what He’s done, we’ll be more likely to walk with hope when things are threatening to overwhelm us. 

What we fill ourselves up with every day is important. When we fill our minds with the truth from God’s Word, we’ll become so acquainted with it that when we’re faced with something that isn’t true, we’ll know. When we worship God through song or praise Him while looking at His creation, it’ll build our spirits and will lift our focus from the daily trials we face. When we walk through life with like-minded followers of Jesus, there’s built in encouragement for us in our experiences with them.

So, let’s remember that God hasn’t given us a fearful mindset. He’s given us one that contains love, power, and a sound mind! God is our salvation and our fortress! Because when we remember and remind ourselves of the truth every day, we’ll stand strong knowing that when God is for us, nothing can be against us.

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