Encouraging for Christ

To strengthen, motivate, and build up Christians in the faith

The culture of the world

Adulteresses!  Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy.(James 4:4‭ ‬HCSB)

The culture of the world is very tempting. Though we are christians and we live our lives for God we also battle the evil desire in us to do sin. The culture of the world trive on two things: selfish ambition and pride. It’s easy to think about your own needs rather than others and to think you’re the reason for your success.  Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.(James 4:7 HCSB) Continue the fight of God’s will in your life rather than the will of the world. We live to please God and to love others. 
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The Good Sovereign LORD

​And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28 NLT

It’s good to know that we have a God whose in control of all things. Even when things seems bad He turns it for our benefit. 

You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

Genesis 50:20 NLT

Nobody can move you out of God’s plan. Nothing done without God knowing. Your right there where God want you to be. Have faith in his sovereignty.

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He does not forsake his saints

​He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Psalms 91:4 NLT

Hold tight to his faithful promise. My brothers and sisters we are at war with the devil. His plans is to keep everyone blind from God’s love but as Christians our plan is to reveal God’s love to everyone. In this war times are going to get tough. There will be times when we live by sight rather than faith. When we depend on the work of our hands rather than the work that has been done 2000 years ago. Remember God’s Providence for us:

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

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Devote yourselves to prayer

​Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 4:2 HCSB

Sometimes we get too wrapped up in life when we forget to pray, give thanks or just acknowledge who He is. We lean back on our understanding instead of His. We start to take credit for things that was meant for God’s glory. This is due to lack of time spent with God. Somewhere in our walk we veered left but it’s time to get back on the road. Devote yourselves to prayer. Open that line of communication with God and restore the relationship you once had. Give God thanks and glory for being a forgiving, faithful, and awesome Father.
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Abide in christ

​Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

John 15:4 NASB

As the love of God grow colder and colder in these last days we should make every effort to abide in christ. The culture especially in America is against God. People are lovers of themselves rather than lovers of God. Don’t let your environment change the truth. Don’t get distracted by the flashing lights of sin but remain in Christ. Abide in him with your love, mind, spirit, and in your sufferings. Continue to fight that battle of faith. 

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Pursuing Holiness 

​but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy .”

1 Peter 1:15‭-‬16 NASB 

Do you remember when you got some new shoes and you couldn’t wait to wear them in school. They was clean and you protected them with your life through out the day. But when time past your shoes get more torn and more beat up and you care less about how they look. 
Are you in the same situation spiritually. When sin comes up you used to run away from it but now it don’t bother you. Let’s get back to pursuing holiness and that begins with repentance and prayer. Let’s put away the sins and everything else that hold us back from pursuing holiness. 

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2 

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What makes God so good!

​O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Psalms 34:8 NASB

What makes God so good is that He is trustworthy. Whatever God says you can take it to the bank. The way we get to see His goodness is to take refuge in Him. The way you do that is to dwell in His word. Dont rush reading the bible but let it digest in your soul. Let His good word melt in your heart to build faith in Him.

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Selfishness: live for Christ

and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

2 Corinthians 5:15 NASB

To live for Christ is to do what he did. Jesus died that we may have life; so we must do the same. We must die to ourselves and share this gospel that we’ve been entrusted with. Oftentimes we miss opportunities to preach to people at work or even our own family. As I am typing I’m speaking to myself as well. There’s a lack of urgency on our part to share this life giving gospel. Selfishness can draw us away from serving and caring for others who need Jesus. We have to keep in mind that we no longer live for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

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How to Forgive and Forget

accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.

Colossians 3:13

My wife’s favorite phrase is ” forgive and forget.” I used to hate that phrase because it never made since to me. How could I forget what someone has done to me. I could be cordial with people but never let them get that close to me again. Over some years,  I’ve come to find out it’s not necessarily forgetting the hurt but not letting the hurt eat me alive. I had to tell my wife I understood what she was saying and she went on a rant about how women are always right and blah, blah, blah.

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times? ” “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus said to him, “but 70 times seven.

Matthew 18:21‭-‬22 

So, how does this forgive and forget thing work. The forgive part is that you acknowledge that someone or some situation has caused hurt in your life. And you proclaim with words or to yourself that your letting the pain go. The forget part is not holding on to a grudge. When peter ask jesus “Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times? ” “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus said to him, “but 70 times seven. If you’re not holding a grudge against someone you would not have a problem forgiving someone. God never intended for us to hoard our pain but to give our anxiety to Him because  cares He for us. ( I’m not saying that you should let people take advantage of you but don’t let that pain stay with you.) The way I learned how to deal with grudges is to control what thoughts come into my mind. The way you think often determine your actions. Whenever a unforgiving thought come to my mind I quickly tell myself ” I don’t think that way anymore”. The worst thing you could do is to let that thought create strongholds within you. Rebuke the unforgiving spirit and live in the love of God.

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