Dexter is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ who finds joy in helping others succeed.
But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it."—Deuteronomy 1-38.
In the First Century (the time that Jesus walked the earth), Israel was in turmoil. The Romans ruled with an iron fist, and anyone who opposed Roman values paid a brutal price.
The cries of the day were for peace, justice, and mercy. But deception, hatred, and cruelty were the order of the day.
The disciples had a job to do; spread the good news of peace, encouragement, and hope, but that Ancient Roman fortress of cruelty, hatred, and injustice stood in their path. How will they get past it, and more importantly, who will they look to for encouragement, given that Jesus is about to die?
Jesus, being omniscient, knew that something had to give, his disciples were already sorrowful, and unless they had something or someone to hold on to, they would faint at the cruel trials that awaited them.
The disciples' grief was evident, Christ's death was nigh. What next? As every good teacher would, He left them with these final words of encouragement; "abide in me, I will send another comforter."
Those simple words from Jesus inspired His followers, and they believed. Joy, excitement, and a great sense of purpose filled their hearts. They were now ready to confront fiery trials, demons, and anything that life would throw at them.
Yet, it wasn't easy for the disciples; knowing that Jesus was about to die was one of the hardest times of their lives. The rulers of the day came, took Jesus, crucified him on the cross, and buried him in a tomb. The disciples were no doubt discouraged as it all played out, some of them left off running, and others even lied about being with Jesus. Nevertheless, in all the pain, disbelieve, and frustration, God reached out and encouraged them.
Today, there remain a few evil similarities from the First Century, under the Roman Empire. Brutality, hatred, injustice, pain, hardship, and suffering exist today. The world has become an evil place, and living a joyful Christian life is almost impossible.
But the word of God brings hope. It says that Jesus Christ is the same, though the world may have changed; your life, children, spouse, and situations may have changed—Jesus remains the same—He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever"-Hebrews 13:8.
God has called you to live in victory, power, and prosperity, to see your dreams and aspirations come through. The devil will try to stop you, but God says to resist him. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you"-James 4-7.
God has promised you peace—you can claim it. Don't be discouraged; let your heart draw strength from these encouraging bible verses and press your way through every roadblock the devil may bring in your path.
Declare that this is your season of breakthrough, your time to rise far above the storms of life, and your moment to enjoy victory, peace, joy, power, miracles, health, and wealth.
Bible Verses About Encouragement
1. Deuteronomy 3:28 KJV
"But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see."
At some point in our lives, we will need encouragement, whether encouragement from God or being encouraged through others used by God. Here in Deuteronomy 3:28, we see Joshua, though he was a strong and mighty man, yet God told Moses to go and encourage him. For this reason, I'd say that one of your prayers should be "Lord, send people in my life to encourage me, people who I can lean on when the chips are down and my back is against the wall."
2. Psalm 118:24 KJV
"This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
In my estimation, the key to success is forgetting those things that are behind, not crying over spilled milk, but rather, showing appreciation for what you have and where God is taking you. The great apostle Paul shared this same view when he penned, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead”-Philippians 3:13 (KJV).
Every day you live is a new opportunity to turn a fresh page. It’s an opportunity according to this verse to confess and declare that; “today is the day that the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
3. Psalm 94:19 KJV
"In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul."
Who said your darkest moments must be filled with sorrows and discouragement? Surely not God. You may experience anxiety and depression at some point in your life, but never allow them to get the better of you.
But how do you overcome anxiety and discouragement? The answer is in this encouraging verse, Psalm 94:19 "In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul." It says that the comforting presence of the Lord brings joy. The scripture is saying that God's comforting words can be a source of strength when life gets rough.
4. Psalm 47:1 KJV
"O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph."
Victory is in your praise. Victory is God’s gift; the Lord has given you the victory "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us- Romans 8:37 (KJV).
When you shout unto the Lord in joy and faith—the devil is intimidated. The devil can’t conduct his mischief in the presence of your praises to God. This is true, and there are many examples in the Bible that testify of it “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated”- 2 Chronicles 20:22 (KJV).
"When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so, everyone charged straight in, and they took the city"—Joshua 6:20(KJV).
5. Ecclesiastes 9:7 KJV
"Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works."
There is a time for everything under the sun. A time to laugh, a time to cry, a time to sow, a time to reap, a time to work, and a time to rest. There is always a season for everything.
Unfortunately, not all of us have grasped this truth yet. We tirelessly work for most of our lives, and if by chance we do manage to take a vacation—we will still often find work to do.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 is an encouraging verse "Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepteth thy works," (Ecclesiastes 9:7 KJV), and it admonishes you to take a break from your hectic life. Go enjoy yourselves, either with your family or people within your circle. God has your best interest at heart, and if He says to take a break, then why should you refuse to.
6. 1 Chronicle 4:10 KJV
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
In the Lord's presence, there's a fullness of blessings; all you need to do is to claim them, that's all. Our God is a covenant-keeping God; He will fulfill every promise He has given to us.
7. Romans 15:13 KJV
"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost."
God has promised to bless you with joy to the point where you're filled. There's no limit as to how much joy you can have. Matter of fact, God is waiting patiently on any thirsty soul who desires to be filled with joy, peace, and hope. You're a candidate, so go right ahead and claim your inheritance.
8. Nehemiah 8:10 KJV
"Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength."
Nehemiah 8:10 is a good verse for encouragement, and it's similar to Ecclesiastes 9:7, but what I want to point out here is “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” When you rejoice as God commanded, you're being strengthened spiritually to withstand the wiles of the devil.
Life can, and at times "pack a mean punch," but when, in spite of your struggles, choose to rejoice in God: your strength is renewed so that you can "run and not be weary, walk and not faint"—Isaiah 40:31(KJV).
9. Hebrews 12:2 KJV
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, much of what is discussed in this article is easier said than done. But Jesus Christ is a good example of what is possible if you endure, the verse reads “For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus is now seated at the right hand of His Father because He endured the cross and despised its shame. If Jesus can do it—so can you.
Final Word on Encouragement
The devil will try his best to distract you from applying these bible verses for encouragement to your daily life, but God, through His Holy Spirit will strengthen you if you can find a way to read, believe, and meditate on God's word for encouragement in hard times.
© 2021 Dexter Whinfield