... continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” [and there is an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication]... (Heb 3:12)

I wanted to pick up on Julian's evokingly poignant response yesterday, "To be honest, I feel stuck between both. I am fully convinced my Lord is with me, but I am struggling to maintain the joy and peace that I once had..."

Let's encourage each other as we take a look at these two gifts separately:

Joy - Scripture tells us that one of the keys to experiencing joy is to cultivate the habit of thankfulness. To regularly remember and reflect upon all the blessings that GOD has previously given us and then to pour out praise and thanksgiving to Him for this. NB - I've found that walking down this road requires a firm belief that no matter what's going on around you, "everything [somehow does] work together for good for those who love the Lord..." (Rom 8:28).

Peace - For centuries people have been able to experience joy and peace even in the midst of challenging circumstances through reading and meditating and quoting Scripture. It seems that by focusing our hearts and minds on GOD's promises and teachings, we can and do experience a sense of calm and contentment that transcends our circumstances. Jesus tells us "Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]" (John 14:27)

Perhaps you, too, want to add your personal testimonies to this list—you'll be most welcome. ❤️

Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death.” (Rev 2:11) ❤️



NB - New and urgent prayer requests and updates are coming in thick and fast and getting too long to just be tagged onto the daily encouragement. As such, I've created a separate page for you to view using the link below, which will be updated constantly.

The Lord Bless you for caring ❤️