Receiving strength, encouragement, hope to deal with our troubles

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Many think that when God comforts us, our troubles should go away. But if that were always so, people would turn to God only out of a desire to be relieved of pain and not out of love for Him. We must understand that being “comforted” can also mean receiving strength, encouragement, hope to deal with our troubles. The more we suffer, the more comfort God gives us. If you are feeling overwhelmed, allow God to comfort you. Remember that trial you endure will help you comfort other people who are suffering similar troubles. (NLT)

2 Corinthians 1:1-7 – This letter is from Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our dear brother Timothy.

We are writing to God’s church in Corinth and to all the Christians throughout Greece. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you his grace and peace.

All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in suffering, you will also share God’s comfort.

Quoted verse: The God of all comfort . . . comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

“Story” – Christine Duncan (Ontario, Canada) titled her story “GUIDED TO SERVE;” here is a portion of Christine’s story:

“. . . I moved to a bustling new city far from friends and family, I was overcome with loneliness. I began to pray: ‘Father, it’s miserable being lonely, and I know I’m not the only one. Thank you that I can empathize a little better with people who are far from family and friends. But what can I do with this situation? Where can I go to make others less lonely?’ Nursing homes popped into my mind, so I decided to see if my church had any ministries already going.

“But when Sunday came and I scanned a room of mostly nameless faces, my resolve sank. . . . An elderly woman came and sat beside me. After we exchanged hellos, she told me that she and a group of others had just returned from visiting a nearby nursing home. I learned that they go every month so I decided to join them. I love seeing how much the old hymns mean to some of the residents and consider it a privilege to be welcomed as their visitor.

“In the midst of my loneliness, God had brought out a willingness to help others. This led me to recognize the path that God had placed before me – one that took away not only my loneliness but also some of the lonely feelings of others.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – While I comfort others, God comforts me.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for shepherding us so well. Amen.

Prayer Focus: GRATITUDE FOR GOD’S GUIDANCE

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