Be Encouraged January 2013
I MUST Pray
I MUST read God's word
I MUST give God my all
I MUST seek God for understanding
I MUST open my heart to receive from God
I MUST trust God
I MUST focus
I MUST love God with all my heart.
Did you not know that I MUST be about my Father's business?
WHAT IS GOD SAYING I MUST DO?
I Peter 5:8 STAND TALL
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
I Thessalonians 5:18 BE THANKFUL
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Philippians 4:11 REST IN GOD
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Psalms 46: 1, 10, 11.
HIT and RUN
John 14:1, Let not your heart be troubled; trust and believe in me. A lady was driving down a busy highway one afternoon after a long tiresome day when to her surprise a driver hit the back of her vehicle, her heart became troubled as she watched the driver drive away. Immediately she is faced with a hit and run.
Our God is awesome, compassionate and loving. He doesn’t allow us to face difficult situations alone. Isaiah 41:10, Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea. I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. He will not leave you wounded on the side of the road, when you are faced with oppositions and can’t see your way out just remember that he always there and he cares!
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection above, not on things on earth. Colossians 3:1-2
Focus on God's amazing grace, what you need is found in looking up to the father and trusting Him. God who see and know what you are facing every second of the day awaits at the right hand of his father to meet your need(s). Matthew 6:33; Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. His love and mercy is amazing, his compassion never fail, and he is faithful to his promises.
His arms are always open, his eyes are in every place beholding the evil and the good, he restores, he refreshes and renews. Seek God to remove anxiety, confusion, misunderstandings, financial burdens, sin in your home, sickness in your body and every area of bondage in your life.
Seek God, he awaits your request to deliver!!!
TAKE A MOMENT AND BLESS GOD
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praise unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. Psalms 92:1-2
Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not ALL his benefits: Who forgiveth ALL thine iniquities; who healeth ALL thy diseases. Psalms 103:1-3
LORD PREPARE ME...
A well known song begins with a request Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary pure and holy tried and true, followed with thanksgiving and adoration, I'll be a living sanctuary for you. Exodus 40 gives a testimony of Moses obedience to God at the beginning of a new year to set up the tabernacle of the tent, to anoint it and set it in order. As we enter the third month of the year God is speaking to get our house in order.
Ponder these questions...
Has my joy remained that I shared on New Year's Day?
Have I left my old ways behind?
Am I fitted for the fight?
Do I have my armor on?
Are my witnessing tools sharp?
Can God continue to count on me?
God desires to use us today just as He did Moses, and we must be positioned with a lifestyle that is pleasing and acceptable unto Him. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58 Make a fresh start today and watch God turn things around in your life.