Encouragement

On Fri. Sept 11 1998 I was unjustly fired from my job and this became the beginning of a long time of being unsettled and anxious about the future.

[Above photo is from a magazine in the reception area of my workplace, prior to the meeting that announced my dismissal on Sept. 11 1998.]

I took a personal grievance action against my previous employer for unjust dismissal and although they settled this by paying compensation, I no longer had a job.
I had a young family of 3 boys to support, and my career and means of earning seemed to have been damaged, and there was no obvious solution emerging.
In this uncertain time I needed spiritual anchorage to keep myself in good health.
Over the subsequent years of attempts to get work there were ongoing setbacks and I lost confidence in my interpretation/expectation of God, so just went into a downward spiral of hopelessness, filled with resentment and thinking about who/what to blame for causing the situation.
After about 4 years of misery, at my lowest point I thought “maybe I will just start reading the Bible in a thorough, systematic way to try and get out of this black thinking”.
Through this I regained my confidence in God and the Bible, and began to use verses like those combined with photographs on these pages to bring myself back into settled thinking.
The counsel from reading the Bible is the ultimate counselling program, the only restriction being our discipline to read it and ability to believe it.

It is the word of God:

2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Prov 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

[Song –> Faithful One.]

Some passages in the Bible are specifically intended to help people in distress of some kind.

If you are in distress, then read the bible to find counsels and teachings to help make you better, like taking medicine to progressively make you well.

Then stay well by reading the Bible daily/regularly for the rest of your life.

I use this log system to help maintain the discipline to keep reading the Bible and get a variety from different parts of it.

Yours Sincerely, Seeker3k 2/3/04

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In case of harm from evil church leaders (abusive/manipulative/false teaching/false ministry):

Ezekiel 34:7-11 “‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.
“‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.

…… then read the Bible to be looked after by God through receiving his counsel:

Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:16-17 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Do good to your servant, and I will live; I will obey your word.

Psalm 119:41-42 May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word.

Psalm 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.

Psalm 119:74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.

Psalm 119:101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Prov 13:13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

Psalm 19:7-14
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Click on any of the following items to see them in larger size on your computer screen.
Print them for personal encouragement.

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Kai Iwi Beach, New Zealand, 28 April 2008. Photo by WJC

2 Cor 4:17 (above) – They will only be “light and momentary” troubles if you are sufficiently strengthened by God’s counsel through ongoing Bible reading.
Keep reading the Bible.

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Mt. Egmont and Pouakai ranges, New Zealand, 27 Dec 2012. Photo by WJC

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