Words Of Encouragement

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Hi A__,
Letters like yours make all the persecution we suffer worthwhile. As you, too, are experiencing, it is not easy to remain faithful to God’s Word, but just when it seems we are being rejected by all, God sends words of encouragement that give us the inspiration we need to continue being faithful.
What Paul experienced is for our admonition:

2Co 1:8  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
2Ti 1:15  This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

But in our darkest hour an angel comes to encourage us:

Act 27:22  And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.
Act 27:23  For t here stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
Act 27:24  Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
Act 27:25  Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

So “be of good cheer.” The hands we are in are much more reliable than ‘Allstate.’

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