"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD."They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you," says the LORD. -Jeremiah 29:11-14
"I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself."
Don't be afraid, for I am with you.
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you. I will help you.
I will uphold you with my victorious
right hand. -Isaiah 41:10
Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,and he will
direct your paths.
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge,my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him.
For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague.
He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,nor fear the dangers of the day,
nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness,nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
But you will see it with your eyes;you will see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;no plague will come near your dwelling.
For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.
You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes;you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The LORD says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them.
I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation."
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you
your heart's desires. Commit everything you
do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
Then Jesus said, "Come to me,
all of you who are weary and
carry heavy burdens, and I will
give you rest."
For only I, the Son of Man, have come to earth and will return to heaven again.
And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
God did not send his Son into the world condemn it, but to save it. There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him."
"I assure you, I am the gate for the sheep," he
[Jesus] said. "All others who came before me
were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep
did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate.
Those who come in through me will be saved.
Wherever they go, they will find green pastures.
The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and
destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its
fullness. "I am the good shepherd. The good
shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
I write this to you who believe in the Son of God,
so that you may know you have eternal life.
And we can be confident that he will listen
to us whenever we ask him for anything in line
with his will. And if we know he is listening
when we make our requests, we can be sure that
he will give us what we ask for.
-1 John 5:13-15
"If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me,
come and drink!For the Scriptures declare that rivers
of living water will flow out from within." When he
said "living water," he was speaking of the Spirit,
who would be given to everyone believing in him.
That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven,Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy,and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God,and in his good time he will honor you. Give all your worries and cares to God,for he cares about what happens to you.
-1 Peter 5:6-7
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again--rejoice!
Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will
experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the
human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts
and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Fix your thoughts on
what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that
are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are
excellent and worthy of praise.
"Don't be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me [Jesus].
There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to
prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell
you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get
you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you
know where I am going and how to get there."
My prayer for you:
Father, I ask you to bless my friend reading this right now,Lord show them a new revelation of Your love and power.
Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain,give them Your peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubting,release a renewed confidence in Your ability to work through them.
Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion,I ask You to give them understanding, patience,and strength as they learn submission to Your leading.
Where there is spiritual stagnation,I ask You to renew them by revealing Your nearness,and by drawing them into greater intimacy with You.
Where there is fear, reveal Your love,and release to them Your courage.
Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it,and break its hold over my friend's life.
Bless their finances, give them greater vision,and raise up leaders, and friends to support,and encourage them.
Give each of them discernment to recognize the demonic forces around them,and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat it.
I ask You to do these things in Jesus' Name. Amen
Scriptures from New Living Translation
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