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Using the Word to Encourage Others

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October 2014

God’s Grace

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Three years and three months ago my girls and I were living eight hours away from my husband five of the seven days a week. This went on for ten months. At the end of the seventh month the plans to purchase a house for all of us to be together again fell through. I spouted off at the mouth, accusing God of not caring.

My faith was barely there. But thankfully God’s grace was ever present.

Three years ago, almost to the day, we moved into the house that we now call home. We are without a doubt living the life God has ordained for us.

Not because of great faith (or lack thereof) that my husband or I possessed are we living the life we now live. But all because of the grace of God.

Sometimes we get focused on the amount of faith we have. We feel like because of our big faith we get what we want. Or maybe we question if our little faith prevented us from seeing the results we had hoped for.

But really it’s all about God’s grace and his plan for your life. The faith you have is sufficient. It has allowed you to accept salvation. This faith has erased doubt. It has opened doors for God to bless you as he sees fit.

So lay aside pride or guilt, you’re faith is a gift of God’s grace in your life. And God’s grace is what is to be celebrated.

Lamentations 3:22-25

Who’s Looking

Peter lived as a Gentile, under grace, in faith…unless the Jews were looking.

Then he would revert back to Judaism so that he wouldn’t catch any backlash from the Jews.

He was appeasing the flesh instead of crucifying it.

He was playing to the people instead of honoring God.

God is to be honored above everyone else in your life. Including yourself. Live daily for Jesus.

Galatians 2:11-21

Wherever You Are

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Jeremiah said that he called upon The Lord out of the low dungeon. He said The Lord heard him, that he came to him that day.

Not when he had climbed out. But when he called out.

Call upon The Lord now. In the middle of your mess. He’ll hear your cry and lead you out.

Lamentations 3:55-57

Give and Take

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The Philistines took Samson’s sight from him. Samson begged The Lord to allow him to avenge the Philistines for the torture he had endured.

Within minutes Samson would realize that The Lord had given him opportunity to do that very thing. But for his desire to be fulfilled he would have to sacrifice his own life.

Samson brought the building down. In his death he slew more Philistines than he had in his life. Samson’s prayer had been answered.

Sometimes sacrifice is necessary to see our prayers answered.

Time…hobbies…plans…

Be willing to do your part in seeing your dreams realized.

Judges 16:28-30

Abundant

Abundant: 1) The type of life a Christian can live. 2) The amount of people that have yet to make a decision to live for Jesus.

Live the life you’ve been given so that others who are facing decision will want to know Christ as their Savior.

Fan the Flame

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The men walking alongside Jesus were discouraged. They felt like all hope was lost. Then Jesus began to open the scriptures to them.

This was a turning point for the men.

The Word of God made a change in them. They could literally feel the hope being rekindled.

“Did not our hearts burn within us?” they said as they reflected on the change.

If you find yourself in a slump, going through a low, search the scriptures. Allow Jesus to open them up to you, rekindling the fire within.

Jeremiah 15:16

Luke 24:13-32

Break Down the Barrier

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The Edomites had built a wall of pride within their hearts. They were self-proclaimed self-efficient people who had no need for anyone else. They could and would do it on their own.

But what about when the trouble would arise? What would they do if they were ambushed by an enemy larger than them? Who would fight with them on their behalf?

No one. That’s the problem with pride. It gives you false security.

Would you consider yourself like an Edomite? Do you refuse the wisdom, help, encouragement of others because you think you’re wise enough, strong enough or confident enough to go at it alone?

Could you call upon another Christian if Satan were to attack? Or have you turned your Christian family away so often that you have severed all ties?

Christians, be a blessing to those around you and allow others to be a blessing to you. God places us in each other’s lives for a reason. We are to encourage one another, pray for each other and help out if there is need.

Humbly give yourself over to following his plan.

Proverbs 29:23

Obadiah 1:1-5

Facing Turmoil

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Facing turmoil?

Perhaps it’s because you’re harboring sin. Sin that you haven’t wanted to acknowledge. Sin that you’ve allowed simply because you’ve chosen to ignore the conviction of the Spirit.

Cleanse yourself from the unrighteousness by calling on Jesus. Allow His forgiveness to provide the peace that you’ve been missing.

Then rest in the redemption of The Lord.

Job 15:20

Cost and Return

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Brass brings gold.

Iron brings silver.

Wood brings brass.

Stones bring iron.

The “measly” sacrifice you were sure would be of no benefit….

It’ll be worth something of great value.

Allow Jesus to deal with you because the return far outweighs the cost.

Isaiah 60:17

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