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Bible Verses to Inspire Thankfulness

It is important to humble yourself and give thanks for all of the blessings you’ve been blessed with. We’ve gathered a list of Bible verses to ponder on and encourage feelings of gratitude and thankfulness in your heart. 

Bible Verses Pertaining to Gratitude and Thankfulness:

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7

The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

Isaiah 51:3

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:20

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 107:1

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.

Psalm 147:7

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:57

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Ephesians 1:15-16

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:13

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 69:30

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving

1 Timothy 4:4

Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.

Romans 14:6

Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.”

 1 Chronicles 16:35 

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Daniel 6:10

After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.

Acts 27:35

I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.

Psalm 35:18

If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:30-31

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

John 6:11

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 7:17

Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

Ephesians 5:4

saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

Revelation 7:12

Because the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come.

Exodus 12:42

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.

1 Thessalonians 1:2

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

Romans 1:8

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.

2 Thessalonians 1:3

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.

John 11:41

We Hope

We hope that you and your loved ones enjoy a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Holiday. Consider Who gave you all; don’t forget to thank Him.

-Torrance Church of Christ

What the Bible Says About Discouragement & How to Discourage Discouragement From Sneaking Into Your Life

What is Discouragement?

Discouragement is something we will all struggle with at some point in our lives. It is an overbearing feeling we get when we lose the will and enthusiasm to continue doing whatever it is that we are working on. Discouragement comes in various shapes and sizes: Weariness, Disappointment, Hopelessness, Aggravation, Fear, Distress, Defeat, Failure, Frustration, Disheartened, and so much more. 

Examples of Discouragement in the Bible

If we aren’t careful, discouragement will sneak up on us and hold us in its grasp. Let’s take a look at a few examples of discouragement within the Bible. 

Elijah

In the Book of 1 Kings chapter 19, Prophet Elijah ran away, fearing for his life when he was threatened by Jezebel. 

1 Kings 19: 4-8 says:

while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”

He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”

So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

There he went into a cave and spent the night.

Elijah was clearly feeling discouraged. He felt as though he had let down God; failed Him. The disappointment Elijah felt was so much so that he prayed to God, asking Him to take his life. In the cave, God came to Elijah and asked him why was there. To which Elijah replied:

He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

-1 Kings 19:10

God commanded Elijah to leave the cave, telling Elijah that He would show Himself to him. Elijah heard a gentle whisper and covered his face while standing at the mouth of the cave. God spoke to Elijah, telling him to return to Damascus. The Lord instructed Elijah to appoint different leaders throughout the land. With a renewed sense of purpose, and by his faith in the Almighty, Elijah listened, and his discouragement melted away. 

Nehemiah

After the Persian Empire conquered the Babylonians, the Jews were allowed back to Jerusalem. The temple was rebuilt, but the walls of Jerusalem remained destroyed, leaving Jerusalem vulnerable to attack. Nehemiah, who was cupbearer to the King of Persia, caught wind of the condition of the city walls and went to Jerusalem. Once he saw the devastation, Nehemiah implored the Jews to rebuild the wall. 

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”  I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

-Nehemiah 2: 17-18

It seemed as though everyone agreed to rebuild the walls. However, Nehemiah was met with adversity when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab mocked and teased him. 

But Nehemiah responded, relying on his faith in God.

I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”

-Nehemiah 2:20

The walls of the city started to be rebuilt; progress was made. 

In spite of that, we see in Nehemiah 4:1-3 that Sanballat and Tobiah came back, and they were up to no good:

When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” 

But again, Nehemiah turned to God. Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders. So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

-Nehemiah 4:4-6

As word spread about the walls of Jerusalem being repaired, people were angered and started to plot against them. Nehemiah prayed for protection, but the threats continued. Those rebuilding the walls became fearful, weary, and overwhelmed. There was still so much work to be done in order to get the wall finished, and the pressure was starting to become too much. The discouragement was beginning to take hold. 

Nehemiah continued to pray, his faith never wavered and came up with a plan. He instructed the builders to spread out, so every section of the wall would be unsusceptible to an attack. He had the builders work with one hand and use the other to bear a weapon. 

The work on the wall continued, as did the opposition from others. 

They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”

-Nehemiah 6:9

Again, Nehemiah turned toward God. Again, Nehemiah encouraged the builders to continue. 

The wall was completed in 52 days. 


Jeremiah

Jeremiah started his ministry fairly early in his life. He was devoted to the Lord and eager to spread His word. Jeremiah’s ministry took place in a very wicked time; a period when people did not want to accept God. God instructed Jeremiah to preach and caution others about their evil-doing; warning them of their demise if they continued to turn away from God. Jeremiah experienced much torment and suffering throughout his service. He was ridiculed, and the jeering became worse as God chose to forgive instead of condemning.  Because of this, Jeremiah felt as though God had betrayed him. 

You are always righteous, Lord, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. Yet you know me, Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter! How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, “He will not see what happens to us.”

-Jeremiah 12:1-4

Jeremiah began to feel discouraged. He did everything God asked of him, yet it seemed as though he couldn’t catch a break. 

We see more of his pleas to God in Jeremiah 15: 15-18:

Lord, you understand; remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors. You are long-suffering—do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for your sake. When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. I never sat in the company of revelers,  never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? You are to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails.

The distress and aggravation Jeremiah feels is overwhelming in Jeremiah 18:19- 23:

Listen to me, Lord; hear what my accusers are saying! Should good be repaid with evil?

Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember that I stood before you and spoke in their behalf to turn your wrath away from them. So give their children over to famine; hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives be made childless and widows; let their men be put to death, their young men slain by the sword in battle. Let a cry be heard from their houses when you suddenly bring invaders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet. But you, Lord, know all their plots to kill me. Do not forgive their crimes or blot out their sins from your sight. Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger.

Perhaps the most effective display of discouragement is seen in Jeremiah 20:7-18:

You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!” All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him.” But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause. Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked. Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me not be blessed! Cursed be the man who brought my father the news, who made him very glad, saying, “A child is born to you—a son!” May that man be like the towns the Lord overthrew without pity. May he hear wailing in the morning, a battle cry at noon. For he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever. Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?

Jonah 

God instructed Jonah to preach His word in Nineveh; warn the people of Nineveh of their evil ways. But Jonah didn’t listen. Instead, he tried to flee to Tarshish by boat. Angered, the Lord sent a great storm, which threatened to rip apart the ship. Frantic, the sailors confronted Jonah and asked him what he had done to bring the storm upon them. The sailors asked Jonah how to calm the storm. 

“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

-Jonah 1:12

But the sailors refused, as they did not want to kill an innocent man. They decided to try and sail back to shore. But the sea continued to grow more ferocious, and the men pleaded to God, asking Him to not hold them accountable as they threw Jonah overboard. 

Jonah was swallowed by a giant fish. He stayed in the belly of the fish for 3 days and 3 nights. Jonah cried out in prayer and the fish expelled him from its body. Again, God instructed Jonah to go to Nineveh. This time, Jonah went. 

Jonah began his journey with a skip in his step, looking forward to the prospect of the Lord befalling the wicked city. 

Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

-Jonah 3:4

Much to Jonah’s disappointment, that didn’t happen. The people of Nineveh listened and obeyed. They turned from their wicked ways, opting instead to worship God. So God did not destroy them.

But to Jonah, this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

-Jonah 4:1-3

Jonah was angry with God for His compassion. Jonah wanted the people of Nineveh to suffer the consequences of their evil choices and wrongdoings. Jonah had fled to Tarshish because he knew the Lord would forgive the people of their sins if they repented. 

Two more times in chapter 4, Jonah insists he would be better off dead. Jonah feels discouraged, but it isn’t at God and His compassion. It is because Jonah is able to recognize his own faulty thought process on the situation. Jonah had run to Tarshish out of fear, and ultimately his fears were confirmed. It is here when Jonah had to really look in the mirror and face the truth. 


Ways to Cure Discouragement 

  • First and foremost- Pray! 
  • Encourage someone else
  • Talk with someone about how you are feeling
  • Develop self-awareness and acknowledge the feeling as soon as it begins to start
  • Take a break
  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • Break whatever you’re doing into smaller, more manageable steps
  • Manage your expectations
  • Go for a walk
  • Listen to uplifting music
  • Call a friend
  • Read your Bible

 

Speaking of the Bible…

Here is a list of some Bible Verses to help you navigate your way out of the icky feeling of discouragement:

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

-Isaiah 42:16

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

-2 Corinthians 4:8-9

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

-1 Peter 1:6-9

On That Note

Feeling discouraged is a natural and normal feeling. Even though you may be tempted to just give up while in the throes of discouragement, cling to God. God will help you and support you through your trials. He is always by your side, all you have to do is call out to Him and ask for help. 

-Torrance Church of Christ

Posted by Erica Nielsen

25 Bible Verses for Hope and Encouragement

Sometimes we find ourselves overcome with worry and tension. We may find ourselves questioning our courage and our strength. At times, it may seem as though our trials are never-ending, causing us to become discouraged and defeated. 

God knew we would have mortal struggles, He knew that there would be suffering. That’s why He gave us his word, so we could reflect on it, enabling us to endure. He gave us His word as an outlet to push forward, and be reminded of all we have to look forward to. 

We’ve made a collection of 25 Bible Verses for Hope and Encouragement for you to read when you need a little pick me up.

Bible Verses for Hope and Encouragement

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

-Romans 15:13

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

-Isaiah 40:31

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

-1 Peter 1:3

But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

-Psalm 39:7

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

-Romans 15:4

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

-Deuteronomy 31:6

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

-2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

-Zephaniah 3:17

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

-Matthew 11:28

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

-Romans 5:3-4

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

-Psalm 33:22

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

-Proverbs 24:14

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

-1 Corinthians 13:6-7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

-2 Timothy 1:7

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

-John 16:33

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

-John 14:27

The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?

-Psalm 27:1

The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

-Proverbs 28:1

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

-Proverbs 3:5-6

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

-1 Corinthians 10:13

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

-Isaiah 12:2

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.

-Ephesians 6:10-18

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

-Psalm 16:8

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

-Joshua 1:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

-Galatians 6:9

Be Sure To

Seek wisdom and strength from the Word of God. He blessed us with His word, so take hold of that opportunity. Pray consistently and always. He can and will calm your heart. 

-Torrance Church of Christ




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