Encouraging for Christ

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

A prayer to seek for his refuge

Things are going good. There’s no financial problem. My health is good. I didn’t have to go out of my way to help someone. Didn’t get upset or frustrated with anything or anyone. It been smooth sailing for a while but I’m noticing some things as I’m enjoying this peace. I attend to lean on my own understanding rather than ask for your advice. I guess subconsciously I think of you as a bail bondsman rather than a father who seek a relationship with me in the good or bad times. When things are going good I think maybe I can handle it rather than following the one who pull me out the ditch. My desire for the things in the world are growing rather than seeking first the kingdom of God. This peace is making me rich in spirit rather than poor. What I’m asking you is to not take away this peace but to give me a greater desire for you in the good times. Of course I don’t want this peace to leave but I want you to be in the center of everything good or bad.

“Will never get the appreciation they deserve”

       Those who have kids would know what I mean. Even though I don’t have kids; the little time spend with them I’m ready to give them back. Especially during the time their born till kindergarten. They spit up on you, they pee and boo boo at the wrong time. They cry when they’re hungry, sleepy, lonely, and sometimes just because. 
           When they get older they speak there first words and walk their first steps and it’s a wonderful thing to witness. Then they get to good at it and the endless questions begin like: ” if there’s nothing faster than light then how did darkness get there first”. Or maybe your kid loves to hear themselves talk non stop. You can’t put them on the floor because they’ll just eat anything. When you take it out of there hands they’ll look at you as if you stole their last meal. 

          Sad thing is that they will not remember those days when you didn’t sleep, or you forgot the diaper bag and you had to make something out of nothing. But you didn’t do it for a thank you. You did it because your love for them made it worthwhile.

    In the same way that’s how God loves us!

God bless

Making prayer more personal

Praying for most people is very stale and not personal. Reciting words that don’t have any meaning. The way we can make our prayer life more lively is to recall our experience with God. 

Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Genesis 22:14 

Abraham experience God as a provider. We all know the story of how God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac and at the last second God sent a angel to stop him. Then God provided an ram instead of Isaac to be the sacrifice. 

For me I think of God as ” the God of revelations ” because He revealed himself to me when I wasn’t even seeking Him. He shared His life with me when I was lost in darkness. For that I will praise you Father for sending your son to die for my sins and blessing me with The Holy Spirit (the seal of my inheritance) to help me walk in your will.

So, what is your experience with God. Before you pray meditate on the things our Lord has done in your life. When you do this your prayers will come to life and your faith will grow stronger.

God bless 

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. 
God bless

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.

God bless

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.

God bless

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.
God bless

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. 

God bless

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 

God bless

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