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One of the best things about Facebook is wonderful encouragement from my friends.  A week ago I was having a bit of a hard time with several things going on in my life.  So I asked my Facebook friends:  What are your favorite, most helpful verses on trusting or resting or releasing?

I received responses from around 35 people—wonderful life-giving words.  Here are a few of them to hopefully lift and encourage you as well:

Kari andAnita:  I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:13,14)

Sara:  “… if our God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31)

Carol: God has said, “I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down nor relax My hold on you–assuredly not!  (Hebrews 13:5b Amplified Bible)

Kar-Lei and Carmelita:  “My help comes from the Lord,who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber….The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand….The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:1-8)

Robin:  “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)

Naty:  “The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:8)

Jeanie:   Jesus said, “Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul.”  (Matthew 11:28-29)

Joy:  “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Nelly:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Roman 8:28)

Catherine:  “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Zillah: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.  O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the Lord, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want.  The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing. (Psalm 34:4-10)

And one of my all-time favorites:

“…so do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

So, if worry and fear have trapped you, if you are weary in the battle, if you are struggling to trust God in a situation, may these words from our God strengthen, encourage and refresh you.

What about you?  What Scripture has God used to give you peace and hope?

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How many Twitter followers do you have?  How many do you follow?

Jesus used the word “follow” repeatedly.  Did He mean the same thing as following on Twitter when He called his disciples to “follow me”:

To Simon, James and John:  “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” (Luke 5:10,11)

To Levi (Matthew):  “’Follow me,’ Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.” (Luke 5:27-28)

To His disciples:  “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’” (Matthew 16:24)

Leave everything?  Deny themselves?  I think Jesus meant a little more than a Twitter follow.  Here are some definitions and synonyms for “follow”:

To followto go or come after; move behind in the same direction; to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of or give allegiance to;  to conform to, comply with; to obey; to imitate or copy

When Jesus said “follow me,” he called his disciples—and us—to “do as I say and do as I do.”

So what did Jesus say it looks like to follow Him?  Some pretty challenging things:

Love others by laying down your life for them.  (John 15:12-13)

Don’t worry.  Trust Me.  (Matthew 6:25-34)

Don’t be afraid.  (Matthew 5:36)

Give up your life for my sake.  (Mark 8:35)

Turn the other cheek; go the extra mile. (Matthew 5:38-41)

Be completely humble and gentle.  (Ephesians 4:2)

Be holy as I am holy.  (1 Peter 1:14-16)

So the question begs to be asked:  How are you doing?  Are you a true follower of Jesus?  Doing these things Jesus mentions don’t make you a true follower.  Rather, the reality of following Jesus will cause them to become more and more true in your life.

I know reading these words from Jesus Himself causes me to stop, to evaluate, to repent, to thank God for grace and mercy, to ask Him to keeping working in me so that I increasingly become such a true follower!

And you?

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