Luke 6:45 ESV The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Proverbs 13:12 NLT Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 11:27 If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it's going to find you.
8 Reasons I’m Optimistic
1) My Sins Are Forgiven & My Eternity Is Secure
Romans 8:1-2 NIV Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 - Because through Christ Jesus, the law of the spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
2) Jesus Is Praying For Me
Romans 8:34 NIV Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
3) My Future Payoff Is Greater Than My Present Pain
Romans 8:18 NIV I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
James 1:2-4 NIV Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds 3 - Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 – Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything
4) My Mind Is Filled With The Peace Of God
Romans 8:6 NIV The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the spirit is life and peace.
5) If God Is For Me, No One Can Ever Be Against Me
Romans 8:31 NIV If God is for us, who can be against me?
Exodus 8:33 NIV Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
6) God's Strength Helps Me In My Weakness
Romans 8:24-26 NIV For in this hope we were saved.But hope that is seen is no hope at all.Who hopes for what they already have? 25 – But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently 26 – In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
7) God Is Working Everything In My Life For Good
Romans 8:28 NIV And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to our purpose.
8) Nothing Can Separate Me From God’s Love
Romans 8:38-39 NIV For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 - Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Luke 17:11-19 NIV Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 - As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 - and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 - When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 - One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 - He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 - Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 - Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 - Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
3 Statements That Will Help You Choose Gratitude
1) I Know Every Good Thing I Have Comes From God
James 1:17 NIV Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
2) I Won’t Let What I Want Rob Me Of What I Have
Ecclesiastes 6:9 NEV It is better to be content with what the eyes can see than for one’s heart always to crave more...
Crave More = Mehalakh nefesh = Roaming of the Soul
Ecclesiastes 6:9 NEV It is better to be content with what the eyes can see than for one’s heart always to crave more. This continual longing is futile – like chasing the wind.
Gratitude turns whatever we have into enough
Philippians 4:11-13 NIV I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 - I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 - I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
3) I’ll Turn All My Blessings Into Praise
Psalm 63:4-5 NIV I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 - I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
Psalm 103:1-5 NLT Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2 - Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3 - He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 - He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5 - He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
To Discourage Someone = To Rob Them Of Their Courage
Encourage = To Add Courage
2 Corinthian 7:5-6 NLT When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside. 6 - But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.
5 Steps To Becoming An Encourager
2 Corinthians 13:5 NEV Put yourselves to the test to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you--unless, indeed, you fail the test!
John 7:38 CEV Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say.
1 Samuel 30:6 KJV And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
Philippians 4:8 KJV Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 Corinthians 13:11 ISV When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up my childish ways.
Isaiah 55:8 NLT "My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
John 15:5 CEV I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me.
Proverbs 15:23 GNT What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion!
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 The Message Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
Genesis 1:26 ESV And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Joshua 24:15 NASB If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
1 Peter 5:8 NLT Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
2 Corinthians 12:9 GNT But his answer was: "My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak." I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me.
En = In
Theos = God
Enthusiasm = In God or Filled With God
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 NLT But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 - So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
Colossians 3:23 NIV Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
1 Samuel 17:45-46 NIV You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the Armies of Israel, who you have defied. 46 - This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.
3 Things David’s Enthusiasm Came From
1) He Trusted God Daily.
2) He Walked With God Daily.
3) He Worshiped God Daily.
Psalm 23 ESV The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 – He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 - He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 - Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 - You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
2 Samuel 11:1 NIV In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 11:2 NIV One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
Psalm 51:10 ESV Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:12 ESV Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.