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Verse of the Day – February 7th;


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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4(NKJV)

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Billy Graham Speaks About Comfort


2 THESSALONIANS 2:16-17 NIV – May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

Jesus is Our Comforter

Christ is the answer to sorrow. When Harry Lauder, the great Scottish comedian, received word that his son had been killed in France, he said, “In a time like this, there are three courses open to man: He may give way to despair and become bitter. He may endeavor to drown his sorrow in drink or in a life of wickedness. Or he may turn to God.” In your sorrow, turn to God. There are thousands of people who have turned to God, but you may be still carrying your burdens. God begs of you, “Cast all your care on me, for I care for you” (1 Peter 5:7). You who must go through the valley of the shadow of death, you who must say goodbye to those whom you have loved, you who suffer privation and misery, you who are unjustly persecuted for righteousness’ sake—take heart, take courage. Our Christ is more than adequate for sorrow.

Daily Prayer

In sorrow, Jesus, Your comfort will take all the bitterness and longing away and give me courage to face the heartache. Your grace will console me and Your arms will support me. Thank You, dear Lord.

Compassion III


How to UNCOVER God’s Word:

ASK – God to connect with you here. In prayer, start by slowing down, inviting God to be present. Begin with focus and openness to see what God has for you.

READ – the selected section of Scripture slowly. Take note of the words and phrases that intrigue you, reading them a second time if necessary.

REFLECT – on what grabs you. What connections do you see at this point in your life? How might God be speaking to you through these words? Stop long enough to let this take root and thank God for engaging you.

RESPOND – to the Scripture. Speak directly to God about what’s on your mind and heart. Look for ways to live out what you’ve uncovered – individually and with your church. And look for ways to bring what you have discovered to others.

2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-4 NIV

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

The Praise-Filled Life III


MATTHEW 6:21 NKJV

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

MATTHEW 12:34 NKJV

Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

MARK 9:24 NKJV

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

PSA 56:4 NKJV

In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

Unable to Hold Back

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

The Scriptures tell us that our lips reveal whatever we treasure in our hearts. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” and “For out of the overflow o the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 6:21; 12:34). Ultimately, we cannot separate what we say and do from what we think and believe deep inside.

If we truly believe in God’s love and goodness, that belief will spill over into what we say about Him. No matter what our circumstances, we won’t be able to hold back our praise. Do we truly believe that God is the almighty King of the universe and the Lord of our lives? The strength and fervor, the depth and energy of our praise to God—both with our lips and in our lives—is directly proportional to our belief in God’s goodness and greatness.

Believing and praising build on each other. The more deeply and strongly we believe, the greater and more expansive is our praise. The more we praise the Lord, the more we will behold His glory and see His hand continually at work in our lives, and the more fervently and strongly we will believe.

Never is this truth put to the test as it is when a dear loved one is in danger. Such a time came when my wife was with cancer. It so happened that another person very close to me was gravely ill at the same time. To see two people I loved dearly facing the unknown, possibly even the threat of death itself, tested my beliefs about God. Was He really a God of love, of healing, and of faithfulness? Or was He unconcerned about my family’s health and safety?

For most of my life, I had believed the former: That God, in His faithfulness, loves us and cares for us and brings healing. So I started praising Him in advance for His care, His comfort, and His power to heal. In praising Him, I grew to sense in my soul that God truly is who He says He is. God really is the loving Father who comforts us in our time of deepest desperation, fear, and helplessness. Before I knew the final outcome of these threats to my family members’ health, I knew without question that God loves us without limit and that He heals us by His power. My life changed from the obedience of duty to the joyful, visceral obedience that expresses itself in uninhibited praise to our loving and all-powerful Lord.

Prayer: My Savior Jesus, I praise You as the Author and Perfector of my faith. I do believe, because You have helped me to overcome my unbelief (Mark 9:24). May my belief in Your goodness give me a heart of constant worship. I declare my utmost trust in You today! I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid” (Psalm 56:4).

She Speaks Truth III


PHILLIPIANS 2:1-11 NKJV

Therefore if there  is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be  done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and  coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the  point  of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

“For His Sake”

In your life with Christ, have you ever felt comforted? Have you ever felt the Spirit stir your heart? Any affection well up in your heart for Jesus?

I think your answer if you’re a sister is most likely -YES. YES. AND YES.

In this passage, Paul pulls out a beautiful if/then statement. If we’ve experienced any of those things ever before: here is his request of us. Please, as believers – since you have the same mind (that of Christ), the same heart (redeemed + transformed by the blood of Jesus) – love one another. Don’t be selfish or think of yourself first, put other people ahead of yourself, and for Jesus’ sake – be humble.

Right here, Paul sounds to me how I sound when I leave my kiddos playing for a quick minute to make the coffee while they’re having a rambunctious morning. Come on you guys! For the love! Please! For just one minute – don’t fight each other to the death!

It sounds a little silly till I remember it’s really a needed statement for us to hear. Moreover, it’s not only so important because it helps us function as a family. It’s crazy important because we want to be more like Jesus. And what did He do? He (being fully God) didn’t consider Himself equal with His Father and humbled Himself to come to earth as a servant. While here, He poured Himself out to the point of death for us, for the glory of His Father, for the Kingdom of God to advance.

So as we walk away from the word today, let’s heed that warning. For the love of the One who loved us all the way to earth, all the way to the cross, for His sake -let’s love one another today.

Father, through the redemption of your Son, Jesus, in us and by the power of the Holy Spirit that is alive and active, teach us to love one another. Help us to consider others better than ourselves and remember we have the same heart & mind, Yours. Not just so we can get along better, but so Your Kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you!

This article courtesy of the She Reads Truth community!

More from John Piper on the Fascinating Love of God


ROMANS 12:19 ESV

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

All of you have been wronged at one time or another. Most of you, probably, have been wronged seriously by someone who has never apologized or done anything sufficient to make it right.

And one of the deep hindrances to your letting that hurt and bitterness go is the conviction, the justified conviction, that justice should be done, that the fabric of the universe will unravel if people can just get away with horrible wrongs and deceive everyone.

That is one of the hindrances to forgiveness and letting grudges go. It’s not the only one. We have our own sin to deal with. But it is a real one.

We feel that just to let it go would be to admit that justice simply won’t be done. And we can’t do it.

So we hold on to anger, and play the story over and over again with the feelings: It shouldn’t have happened; it shouldn’t have happened; it was wrong; it was wrong. How can he be so happy now when I am so miserable? It is so wrong. It is so wrong!

This word in Romans 12:19 is given to you by God to lift that burden from you.

“Never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God.” What does this mean for you?

Laying down the burden of anger, laying down the practice of nursing your hurt with feelings of being wronged, laying that down, does not mean there was no great wrong against you.

It does not mean there is no justice. It does not mean you will not be vindicated. It does not mean they just got away with it. No.

It means, when you lay down the burden of vengeance, God will pick it up.

This is not a subtle way of getting revenge. This is a way of giving vengeance to the one to whom it belongs.

It is taking a deep breath, perhaps for the first time in decades, and feeling like now at last you may be free to love.

“When God’s Wrath Is Your Comfort”

God Our Comforter by Billy Graham


ISAIAH 51:12 ESV

“I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass,

God Our Comforter

There is also comfort in mourning, because in the midst of mourning God gives a song. His presence in our lives changes our mourning into song, and that song is a song of comfort. This kind of comfort is the kind which enabled a devout Englishman to look at a deep dark hole in the ground where his home stood before the bombing and say, “I always did want a basement. Now I can jolly well build another house, like I always wanted.” This kind of comfort is the kind which enabled a young minister’s wife in a church near us to teach her Sunday school class of girls on the very day of her husband’s funeral. Her mourning was not the kind which had no hope—it was a mourning of faith in the goodness and wisdom of God; it believed that our heavenly Father makes no mistakes.

Daily Prayer

Oh heavenly Father, who knows what agony and grief are because of the sacrifice of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ—I thank You for the comfort which embraces all those who love You.