Encouragement Today – July 18, 2020

A gentle, heartfelt encouragement and reminder:

I think we would all agree there is a lot of chaos, division, strife, anger, worry, fear and anxiety in the world right now, and it is impacting and affecting us all. It is so easy to get lost in it and overwhelmed by it all. But listen, we MUST have hope and faith in God because no matter what craziness is going on, God is bigger. He is greater. He is stronger. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. HE is the one seated on the throne in Heaven with the whole world under HIS feet, and HE is the Lord of Heaven’s armies. ARMIES.

And, NONE of what is going on changes who God is. His character, His plans, His promises, what He’s already done for us… hasn’t changed, and isn’t changing. God is who He is, and He is seated where He is, and nothing happening right now is changing that.

He sees ALL that is going on. He knows the enemy’s plans. He knows what’s in every person’s heart… their intention, their motivation, what they are planning, how things are impacting them, every worry and concern, all the burdens… He knows it all, and He is working on it ALL.

What does God tell us? That He cares about EVERYTHING that concerns us, that He’s watching over us, that we can cast our cares on Him because He cares for us, that all who are weary and heavy burdened can come to Him, and He will give them rest, that He will keep in perfect peace all those whose minds are on the Lord, who are trusting in Him. (1 Peter 5:7, Matthew 11:28, Isaiah 26:3.)

 

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Turn to the Lord. Set your mind on Him, not on the chaos, not on how you’re feeling, not on what someone said, did, posted, or what you saw on tv or heard on the news. FIX YOUR MIND ON THE LORD. Press into the Lord and keep pressing in and pressing on. Keep finding things to be thankful for every day. Keep getting in the word of God, or get in it if you haven’t been. Keep praying. Keep praising. Keep gathering together with other believers. Keep loving God and loving others. Remember from where your help comes. Remember who’s you are. Remember that the Lord is fighting FOR you, and He is fighting from a place of victory. He holds you in the palm of His hand, and NO ONE can snatch you from Him.

 

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There is a war going on, it’s a spiritual battle and it is going on as we speak and live, and our prayers are so important… SO important. PRAY.  “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Pray from your heart. Pray God’s word. NOTHING is more powerful than the word of God. NOTHING. It is the holy, inspired word of God, written for our encouragement and our instruction and our benefit. And, God’s word does NOT, and will NOT come back to Him void. There is power in His word. Pray His word. Pray friends. Don’t think you can’t do anything about what’s going on. You can. You can put your faith and your hope in Jesus, pray, and trust Him. “The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help AND He rescues them from all their troubles (Psalm 37:17).”
When worry, fear, anxiety, anger or frustration come to your heart or mind, CLING to Jesus, CLING to Hope. Don’t give up, and do NOT give in. GUARD YOUR PEACE. Do NOT let the enemy steal that from you. TRUST in the Lord, with ALL of your heart, and do NOT lean on your own understanding, seek HIS will in all you do and in all you say (every day), and He WILL lead you and show you which paths to take in life. There is NO reason for us to be afraid because God is FOR us. He is for us!!! He is fighting for us. He has this, and He has you!

“Let’s turn our eyes away from the darkness and turn them toward the Light and the Hope.” – Kathy Fults

 

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Encouragement Today – July 15, 2020

God has your best interest in mind. He always has, and He always will. That’s why He sent His Son, and why the Holy Spirit is with us now. Seek Him. Listen to His voice. Be faithful to do as He instructs and as He leads. Remember, God honors obedience, but we can’t obey if we don’t take the time to hear His voice.

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works.” – Psalm 145:17, ESV

May you feel God’s kindness toward you today.

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Encouragement Today – July 14, 2020

A gentle, heartfelt reminder:

“God is the only one who can love you perfectly.” – Holley Gerth

Every person in your life, no matter how close you are or how intimate you may be, will fail at loving you perfectly, but not God.

God is love, and love NEVER fails. (1 John 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:8)

 

“The love of God is like the ocean, you can see its beginning but not its end.” – unknown

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Encouragement Today – July 8,2020

A gentle, heartfelt reminder:

Instead of worrying, being angry or fearful or even offended, pray. Share your heart with God. He cares, He’s listening, and He is the Miracle Worker, the Way Maker, and the One who answers prayer. It IS okay to rely on Him and to depend on Him.

“Prayer is the proof we are relying on God.” – CJ Hitz

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Thinking Thoughts

I have some questions…

 

  • Is America still called “the land of the free”?
  • Are we still, or is it still accurate to be identified as The “UNITED” States of America?
  • And if so, how is it accurate right now?
  • And, why should God “bless America” when Americans haven’t been being much of a blessing to Him nor each other?

 

  • Why is it rioters are allowed to do what they want – destroy a person’s property, kill another individual, but a peaceful, non-rioting American cannot share their thoughts without being censored, or go to the store without wearing a mask, or be allowed to gather with friends and family?
  • Why can’t an American protect themselves, their family and their hard earned property without someone wanting to charge them with something when a group of people actively and purposely choose to ignore “no trespassing” and “private property” signs?
  • Why are people in power trying to control Americans?
  • Why aren’t Americans doing something about it?
  • And, why is it the President, the one that was elected by the American people, can’t do anything about it either without someone complaining, accusing or charging him with something?

 

  • Is there a reason a person can’t turn the television on, for even half an hour, without hearing or watching something that talks about Covid-19 or how people need to stay home?
  • Who in the world wants to be “alone together”? And, WHY is that suppose to make people feel better about the craziness going on? Or HOW does that make people feel connected?

 

  • Why are people turning their friends in to the Facebook police for making a post or sharing a post that they don’t agree with?
  • Are we not all entitled to our own opinions?
  • Do we not have the right to share our opinion on our own personal Facebook page?
  • And, if a person disagrees with someone on their friend’s list, and they have a hard time ignoring the post, can’t they de-friend them rather than try to censor them?
  • What kind of a “friend” does that really make them? I mean, who needs enemies when you have friends like that?

 

  • Why is it that people are willing to advocate to get rid of the police departments, all of them, because of a few who made bad choices out of thousands that honor the badge and the commitment they made to serve and protect?
  • Why are people advocating for women to still be allowed to kill unborn babies, but people are not allowed to advocate for not wearing a face mask or for being able to see their loved ones? Or, for the lives that were taken needlessly a few weeks ago, last week, or even yesterday?
  • And, why is it okay to say, and support, Black Lives Matter, but it’s not okay to say or support ALL Lives Matter?

 

  • Why are Governors bowing down to unpatriotic voices and actions such as tearing down statues and other historic monuments instead of sticking up for and banding together with the police departments to protect the American people and government property?
  • Why are so called “American” people being supportive of such terrorist behaviors?

 

  • How long will the disharmony, lack of respect and patriotism, and the all out chaos continue?
  • What can be done about it?
  • What is being done about it?

 

  • Are we a part of the problem or a part of the solution?
  • What ARE we doing?

 

  • Can people agree to disagree and move on?
  • Is there a “moving on” from all of this?
  • Are things just going to get worse, or can they get better?
  • The real question is, do people want it to get worse or do they actually want it to get better?

 

  • Is any of this making America better?
  • Has any of this made ANYONE better?
  • Does anyone besides me care?

Delighted

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This includes you, how you are right now in this moment… no matter what you’ve said or done today or the days before.

Remember, He sees you through His eyes of love. He sees you through Christ’s love.

He loves you… Not who you’re going to be tomorrow, or a year from now or when you are perfected. He loves you right now, right here, today.

You ARE His masterpiece even if you don’t feel like you are.

You are by no means a disappointment to Him. He knows what to expect with you.

He is with you. He IS your help. He IS your guide. He IS your biggest cheerleader and greatest most faithful friend.

And, YOU are a gift that God delights in.

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“Your circumstances will lie to you. Your emotions will lie to you. Even other people will lie to you. But not God.” (Holley Gerth)

You can trust Him. You can trust what He says about you and who He says you are, AND how He says He sees you. AND, how He says He feels about you. 

Sucker Punch

Today, I want to encourage you…

No matter how you’re feeling right now in this moment, what is going on around you, or what is going on in your life… I want you to join me in sucker punching the enemy by choosing to take a few minutes to get your eyes on the Lord and to worship Him. He is worthy of our praise, and praising God IS the best way to fight that stupid devil.

You are NOT alone. And, there is no attack from the enemy that you and God cannot get through together. You got this because He has you, right in the palm of His hand.

I don’t want you to focus on the anger, the hurt, the shame, the hopelessness you might feel. I don’t want you thinking about what that person said or how impossible that situation seems. I do not want you beating yourself up for that mistake you made or that sin you committed. Focusing on the problem is NOT going to solve anything, it isn’t going to make you feel better and it certainly will not help you. It will however help the devil keep you down and feeling defeated. But, that is NOT what God wants for you. Jesus didn’t die for you for you to lay down in defeat.

I don’t want you thinking about last year.. the hurt, the loss, the anger, the rejection, the pain, how you were wronged or how upset you were. That won’t help you either.

Friend, we HAVE to get our focus off of that junk… And get our eyes, our focus, our hearts on the Lord. God is the one… HE is the one who loves you, who has His arms open wide for you to run into, who is rooting for you. He is your strength. He is the one fighting for you.

I’m so tired of laying down, of bending over, of bowing down to the attacks of the enemy. It is time that we fought. It’s time that we said “enough”. I encourage you to join me… Punch that ugly, lying, jerk-face of a devil right in the face by taking a couple of minutes to sing this song.. To worship the Lord with a song of truth.

“Way Maker” is the song that is on my heart to share with you, for us to sing together… The lyrics are right on the video.. Come, sing along! Stand your ground in worship.

Everything I Am… ?

“Everything I am will praise and bless the Lord!” – Psalm 104:1

I wonder how many of us can say that EVERYTHING we are praises and blesses the Lord?

With every thought, every word we speak, every word we write or type, every story, every piece of information we share… Every thing we do, our attitude, our heart, our motives… Do they praise the Lord? Do we bless Him?

Everything I am”… What am I? What are you?

I don’t know… This scripture really has captured my attention, my heart and my thoughts tonight. Ponder it with me. Please, feel free to share your thoughts in a comment. I really am interested in hearing what you have to say about this scripture. It can’t just be me that it captivates.