When You Are Down – Part 1

During our separation, I learned the power of speaking scripture aloud. Jesus overcame his temptations in the desert by speaking very short scriptures in answer to satan (Matthew 4:1-11).

There are times in life when it is great to memorize long passages of scripture or dig in deeply to study a theme or a doctrine. However, when I was so down and discouraged from being separated and so scared about the future, my mind didn’t have the capacity for a deep and complex study of scripture. But, after speaking aloud short scriptures such as, For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NASB) or Psalm 23, I would realize in a little while that my whole mood and attitude had changed for the better. I also found that at times just speaking the name of Jesus aloud would bring new hope and energy because Jesus’ name is, “. . . the name that is above every name” (Philippians 2:9 NIV).

I encourage you to find the scriptures that minister to you most deeply and begin saying them aloud.

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