When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong —
that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
Then the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods!
It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.