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Encouragement, promises of God’s

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God promises continual support for his people, particularly when they become weary, depressed or disillusioned.

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God’s encouragement affirmed

Psalm 10:17–18 NKJV
Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
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Means by which God encourages believers

Meditation on his law and word

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Experience of the Holy Spirit

The word used for Spirit here means “Counsellor” or “one who encourages or comforts”.
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Experience of God’s encouragement

2 Corinthians 4:16–18 NKJV
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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God’s encouragement experienced through the words and actions of others

Gideon and the dream of the Midianite soldier; ; the returned exiles helped by the king of Assyria; ; ;

Commands to be encouraged

1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
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Paul to his shipmates:

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Effects of being encouraged

Isaiah 40:30–31 NKJV
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
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Prayers for encouragement

2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 NKJV
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
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