But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception. For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start.
— Hebrews 3:13,14, HCSB
The Lord has made some remarkable revelations regarding the experiences his people will pass through, and we have...thus far been so well protected from the plottings of the enemy, and that his schemes against us have, to such a large degree, been unsuccessful.
Let us gather to our souls the sure encouragements the Lord has given, and read often the precious promises of his Word.
We are given a special message to bear in times of depression and discouragement: “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not...”
I ask you to read the whole of this thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah, with the fifty-sixth chapter. When you are disappointed because of the spiritual lack you see in the churches and in individuals, read these promising words of inspiration. They are given for the encouragement of our churches, and are to be claimed in times of emergency.
Do not allow yourselves to become discouraged; when you find halting and disaffection among the believers, let your faith in God be strong. I have been shown that evil angels in the form of believers will work in our ranks to bring in a strong spirit of unbelief. Let not even this discourage you; but bring a true heart to the help of the Lord against the powers of satanic agencies.
Bear in mind that Satan is playing the game of life for your souls. He is working through agencies that you little suspect. Holy and perfect trust in the Lord is your only safeguard.
It is time now that every soul...renew his consecration to God. We are to come up to a much higher standard. Let us make the Word of God our strong testimony. We are to learn to lean upon his sure promise, and be ready to communicate encouragement to others.
Let us take hold of the mighty assurances that God has given us in Christ and in his Word, and endeavor daily to carry on the work that the Redeemer undertook in behalf of humanity.
— Review and Herald, May 6, 1909
Gather to your soul the sure encouragements of the Lord and read often the precious promises in His Word.
When you are disappointed, read the promising words of inspiration. Claim these in times of emergency.
Renew your consecration and make the Word of God your strong testimony.
Learn to lean on His sure promise and communicate encouragement to others.