Joy in Discouraging Times - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series


Bible Verse: 1 Peter 1:6-9
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.”

Philippians 4:6-7
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

Reflect and Respond: Between the hardships of this past year, what glimpses of joy did you see? What blessings did you receive? How did you grow?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, through all the ups and downs of the past, You have been with me to guard, guide and grow my faith. Today as I think of Your many blessings, I ask that You would fill me with Your joy, and continue to teach me Your ways over the next year. Amen.

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7 months ago
Lord thank you for your word which holds such encouragement for us. As we struggle we turn to your word and our fears are calmed as we release all to you. Thank you Lord for Back to the Bible- those who give so that we can have a closer relationship with you. Help to continue to turn to you constantly as we take on every task and action. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ your son. Amen
7 months ago
Father I give thanks to you for being with me all through my trial-and-error years, I raise my hat of joy to you in those moments. Thank you lord for my many blessings that you bestowed upon me, please continue to guide me throught the coming year of 2022. Amen.
7 months ago
I’m very thankful and blessed for God’s love and protection for keeping my family from sickness from the virus and other things that could have harmed us. I’m thankful for a closer relationship with God than ever before.
7 months ago
Lord Jesus, help me to endure the many trials that I face daily. I look to You and the Word for encouragement, and I await the day when my trials will be over and I'll experience the true joy forever in Your presence. Meanwhile, I crave Your peace in my heart and in my mind, and so I seek Your forgiveness and Your grace.
7 months ago
Thank you that's great encouragement for the new year.
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