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“I am near to all who call out to me in faith. I am near to you and to the ones you love and pray for. My blessing is upon you to be an encouragement to others as they walk the paths of life they have been called to.
Allow my Spirit to move in you to touch the hearts of those who may need that extra special blessing from me. You are my arms of love and my voice of hope as you minister to those who are hurting, those who may be facing difficult personal trials. Even as you walk through your own trials, you can focus on helping others because I will take care of you. You may have full confidence in that.
Pray and lift people up to me, intercede for them. Be selfless and think of others first. You can do this because you walk in faith and you know my peace. It is not a hard thing to do, it only takes a willing heart. When you know that your needs are being met in me there is nothing for you to fear.
Jesus gave of himself even when he was weary and in need of rest. He continued ministering to others until the moment “it was finished”, and God received his Spirit. You are called to serve me as he did, to love others no matter what may be going on in your life, and to live confidently because of the assurance I have given you.
As you persevere, remember Jesus who hung on a cross between two criminals. With nail pierced hands and feet, and a crown of thorns upon his head, he ministered to those men beside him. He never stopped pointing others to me. Be my arms of love and voice of hope.”
- “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, you if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58: 9-11
- “Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2: 1-2
- “Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.” Luke 23: 32-33