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FRIDAY ENCOURAGEMENT 
(21 September 2018)

It is the end of another work week, and the weekend is stretching out before us. In South Africa, this is a long weekend, as Monday is a public holiday.

I want to brighten your Friday with some encouragement from the Word of God.

1. God goes before you, making the crooked places straight.
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I Myself will prepare your way, levelling mountains and hills. I will break down bronze gates and smash their iron bars" (Isaiah 45:2). God is no respecter of persons. He made this promise to Cyrus, but what He does for one, He will do for another. If you acknowledge Him in everything you do, He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:6).

2. God's goodness and mercy will follow you.
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Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever" (Psalm 23:6). In some translations, this verse reads goodness and unfailing love, but regardless of how it is translated, the fact is that God's goodness, His love, and His mercy is with us all the time. He longs for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18). He wants to act on behalf of those who wait for Him (Isaiah 64:4).

3. God's favour surrounds you.
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Surely, LORD, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favour as with a shield" (Psalm 5:12). During the war, soldiers used a shield to protect them from the arrows of the enemy. It was also used to ward off the blows of their swords. God's favour surrounds us like these shields. It protect us on all sides. 

Think about these blessings and be encouraged.

God goes before you, making the crooked places straight.

God's goodness and mercy follow you.

God's favour surrounds you.

Have a great weekend!