Encourage Yourself

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“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.” Ephesians 4:29, Amplified

Have you ever called yourself “stupid”, “slow”, “crazy”, or any other destructive words? Surely those words didn’t make you feel any better about yourself. Many of us understand that we aren’t to destroy others with our words, but we must not destroy ourselves either. Speak these words over yourself: I am a treasure! I will make it! I am God’s masterpiece! I am an overcomer through Jesus! I am God’s daughter! He has a plan for my life and a bright future! I am so loved by God! I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Words like these minister life to your soul.

When everyone is telling you what you can’t do and who you are not, stand and speak out of your mouth that you can and you will. Begin to encourage yourself in the Lord. Prophesy to yourself. Comfort your heart with your own words. Minister life to yourself, and you will find that the same words you use to build up yourself will be the very same words you minister to those around you.

Prayer: Father, thank you for encouraging me. No matter what others think or say, I say what You say. I am Your daughter and You are my Father. As you build me up, help me to build up others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Message from the Lord for You

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“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

“I know what I’m doing, my child. Trust me. I have a plan and a purpose for this pain. You are known. You are seen. You are beautifully and perfectly loved. I know that not everything I do for your good will always feel good at the time it is happening. I know that you are not always going to be happy with me when I am removing something from your life or adding something to it that you do not understand. I know that your life is not always going to seem like the easiest place for you to exist, and sometimes you are going to wonder where I am. I know that you are going to face moments in your life when you question my presence, my power, and my plan. You are going to wonder if there is purpose for you in the seasons of dryness and pain. I know that you may find yourself wondering if the pain will ever stop, if the light will ever dawn again. Rest my child. Rest in me. Rest in the Truth that I know every plan I have for your life. Rest in the Truth that I know what needs to be in your life and what needs to be removed. Rest in me. Rest in assurance that I always have your best interest at heart. Rest in the Truth that I will never do anything to harm you. Rest in assurance that you are mine – and because you are mine – you will always be taken care of. Even in this season of absence, this season of pruning, of stripping, of peeling back the layers of pain- even in this season – I am still good. All things will still work together for your good. You belong to me, and there is nothing that can change that. Fear not, I am with you. You are my daughter. And that is enough. Trust me, I am doing a new thing – and one day you will perceive it.”

Lord, I receive your truth! I receive your word of life and of love. You are my God. There is nothing that man can do to me. You are for me, who can possibly rise against you? I am safe in your hands. My life is safe in your hands. My present and my future are safe in your hands. May your kingdom come, your will be done – in this life, as it is in heaven. This I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen

(Read Isaiah 55:8-9; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 41:10)