Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 8, 2021

“Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. … He will save you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Hebrews 12:12.

“Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,” Hebrews 12:12.

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Other doctrine tries to strengthen others by trying to get them to focus on themselves and by exhorting them to try harder.

But, Reformed Doctrine strengthens others by Scripture which focuses on God and what God will do for them.

“… They will see the glory of the LORD,
The majesty of our God.” Isaiah 35:2.

“Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, …” Hebrews 13:9.

“3 Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
4 Say to those with anxious heart,
Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
6 Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah.” Isaiah 35:3-6.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted
;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3.

“7 How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!


9 Break forth, shout joyfully together,
You waste places of Jerusalem;
For the LORD has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The LORD has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.
” Isaiah 52:7 and 9-10.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.


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