HOW IMPORTANT IS ENCOURAGEMENT?

This is the 250th entry of our Life Words Today blog!

Amazing how time flies by!!! What started as an idea, a desire that I voiced to my sister, Tami, as we walked along the beach of Salisbury, Massachusetts, became a reality. She is a computer whiz…..I am not. So she began to do the research on how to set it up.

Here we are, still sharing our thoughts and words of encouragement to you, our faithful readers!

In the past I taught a class for women’s retreats entitled “Life Words vs Death Words.” It is to our disadvantage to speak death words – not only to others, but also to ourselves. The enemy of our souls wants us to think we are worthless and of no value. Then he can persuade us to turn our backs on God. He is a crafty one, and lying is his native language.

Sooooo…..the need for us frail humans to be encouraged is not only biblical, but a basic human need.

We have shared our individual struggles with you and included you in our personal thoughts and meditations. Hopefully you have been encouraged to “keep on keeping on” regardless of your circumstances.

Life is hard, and when you know someone else has experienced similar hardships and has gained strength and perspective from them, it lets you know you are not alone.

Although we have pulled out some of our Mother’s writings from the 80’s, we are also mother/daughter, mother/daughter, with experience ages of 28-74, and we all live in different areas of the United States.  We have shared with you diverse life experiences and views, but all with a biblical base and personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We take seriously the teaching of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Prophets and Apostles who made sure we had the inspired scriptures to guide us through life. There is no greater “manual” for what to do or not do in life than the Holy Word of God.

Even if you have no one person to encourage you, read and re-read the 23rd Psalm!!!  Almighty God said He would never leave you. There are many scriptures that will encourage you on your life journey.  But, seek out a godly person to encourage you and pray with you.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established….that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.” Romans 1:11-12

BE ENCOURAGED!

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GOD Said……

When God created the heavens and the earth, He SPOKE everything into existence. (Genesis 1)

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God spoke audibly to Abraham and Moses, and many other patriarchs of old. He also spoke audibly so everyone present heard Him say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river.

I have never heard God speak audibly, but I know in my innermost being when He is speaking to me through His Holy Spirit. But, wow…..how awesome it would be to actually hear the voice of God! I think I would crumble into a heap of weakness on the ground.

I know of a family who all came to Christ because their severely handicapped son who could not walk or talk spoke to his father one day. He shouted clearly, “GOD SAID!!!” That so impacted the entire family that they became strong followers of Jesus Christ.

Remember the saying that was so popular a few years ago, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” Actually, if God said it, that settles it whether you believe it or not!

When God speaks to you, do you respond with a yes? How does He speak to you? In a still small voice, or a booming loud voice? It doesn’t matter how God speaks to you. What matters is that you have a relationship with Him so that you hear Him and answer yes!!!

My family and I started this blog so that we could impart WORDS of encouragement to you TODAY. When we hear or read words of life from God’s written Word, or from a pastor who is teaching from the Word of God, or we are singing or listening to songs that are building us up in The Faith, then we are receiving Life Words!

Today, I encourage you to know that God is still speaking. His voice keeps everything in nature and our lives in order every second of every minute of every day.

A well-known theologian, A.W. Tozer, in his book The Pursuit of God said, “God is speaking. Not God spoke, but God is speaking. He is, by his nature, continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking voice.”

Psalm 19:1-2 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech.”

God is Sovereign, so I trust Him with my life. My prayer for you is that you trust that His Word is Truth, and that His desire is to have a relationship with you through His Son Jesus Christ, so that you recognize His Voice speaking to you.

Thank you,God, for speaking continually!!!

(Repost from April 2014)

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TEACH BY EXAMPLE

In thinking about this blog post today, and asking the Lord what He would want me to share with you….the word “teach” kept coming to my mind and heart. As I am the living elder of this family group it seems my thoughts often go that direction. My sister, niece and daughter easily share with you what they are learning from the Lord in their daily walk, but I am drawn to teach in some way each time it is my turn to write. Then I realized that because of my age and life experiences that teaching by example is what I should do. There’s not a better teacher than your godly older family members and friends…..after all we have been through the “school of hard knocks”!

And then I recall the book of Titus that admonishes the “older women to train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to honor their husbands, so that no one will malign the Word of God.”  Titus 2:3-5

Those of you who are of the male gender who are reading this, you are included in this small three chapter book, a letter written by the Apostle Paul to Titus who is pastoring the Christians on the Isle of Crete. He tells Titus to teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled (hmmm, heard that somewhere before!) and sound in faith and doctrine, in love and in endurance. Then they can teach the young men to be self-controlled (wow! must be important and covers a wide range of our personal character).

So, here’s the thing….whether you are single or married, young or old, we all have struggles with living a godly life, and this journey we are on is a never-ending classroom…..no recess, no summer breaks!

If you have a godly older person in your life to encourage you, teach you, pray with and for you, then you will learn that although life is tough, there is victory in every area  And remember the Word of God will never fail you in your classroom of life. It is the best textbook that ever was and ever will be!

More from Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave  Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness, and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.  These, then, are the things you should teach.  Encourage and rebuke with all authority,  Do not let anyone despise you.”

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Faith is Dead

Faith is not something you say you have and then don’t do anything about. In the Bible it tells us, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).

You can have faith and believe there is a God, but if you don’t do any work that backs up the faith you have, it is as though you don’t have faith. Whoa! That makes you take a step back and look at your life, doesn’t it? It does for me.

 

Am I living out the faith that I have in Jesus’ name?

Am I loving others around me the way Jesus does?

Am I doing work for the Lord even if it is hard, dirty work that no one else wants to do?

 

God didn’t say it was going to be easy. He also told us we would be persecuted for our belief (Matt 24:9, John 15:20). But if you have faith and love Jesus the way he loves us it wouldn’t matter if you are persecuted or not. It wouldn’t matter how hard life is because JESUS IS WORTH IT!

Is Jesus worth it to you?

Are you willing to do whatever God calls you to do even if it makes you stand out in front of a crowd or costs you your life here on earth?

Don’t sit back and wait for someone else to do the work. Get up, get going and do the work yourself! God is with you every step of the way!

We have the ultimate reward waiting for us in heaven….the crown of life! We are all princes and princesses in the kingdom of God! Let’s fight for the kingdom and live with a bold faith!

 

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the CROWN OF LIFE that God has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12

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This is what faith looks like… surrounding and praying for a group of girls who used to be caught in sex trafficking in the Philippines. (World Race Sept 2014)

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