A believer cannot continually pour out into other people without others pouring into them. It’s essential, and it’s the way God planned community. We are here to lift each other and encourage each other. When I try to do everything in my own power, and pretend I don’t need someone to hold me up, I’m going to fall.
But even before we have others pouring into us, we must go to the source: the Fountain of Life.
This morning, I made a list of verses I’d memorized (thanks AWANA), and searched for the full verses when I couldn’t recall exact words or references. I hope these will be an encouragement to others as they have been to me this morning.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk andnot faint.
But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.