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Using the Word to Encourage Others

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Abraham’s servant eagerly shared the blessings of The Lord with Rebekah’s family. 

He gave them the account of how he met Rebekah at the well. He told them of her generosity. He assured them that she was the one The Lord had chosen to become wife to Isaac, Abraham’s son.

The time came for Rebekah to leave, to go to Isaac.

“Just give us ten more days, then she can go.” Rebekah’s mother and brother were hesitant to let her go. They knew it was The Lord’s will but they weren’t ready for the change. They wanted to enjoy their life as they knew it for just a little longer.

But Rebekah said that she must go, now. 

She understood that her place wasn’t with her family any longer. Her place was with her husband. With him she would be prosper. With him she would be in sync with The Lord’s will.

She wanted to be there as soon as possible.

Are you like Rebekah’s mother and brother? Are you hanging onto the “here and now” because you like things the way they are? So much so that you are being a hindrance to The Lord’s will?

Embrace the change. No, your life won’t be the same. But be confident that God will work it to your good and His glory. 

Because the best place to be is in the will of The Lord.

Scripture taken from: 
Genesis 24:29-60
Originally posted July 31, 2014

Go Back 


Jacob dreamed a dream that promised him a future blessed by God. He woke from the dream in awe of God, in complete reverence to his power. He built an altar to worship the Lord there and named the place Bethel. 

As time moved on the impression the experience left on Jacob began to diminish. His family and traveling company had begun to worship false gods. 

God spoke to Jacob. He told him to get rid of the false gods and to go back to Bethel to make him an altar there. Jacob obeyed. God, again, promised Jacob a blessed future in that place. 

Probably we can all remember a time or place when we strongly felt God’s presence in our life. If you have drifted, go back to that place to allow God to remind you of his promises. Maybe the time included meeting with the Lord regularly for Bible study. If so, start studying again. Maybe you left church. Start attending again. 

Ask the Lord to show you what has caused you to feel removed from him and then do whatever it takes to get back to the place of total commitment to the Lord. God hasn’t moved. He is still there wanting to bless and strengthen you. Go to him.

Scripture taken from:

Genesis 28:10-22 & 35:1-15

A Servant’s Heart


We live for the King of Kings. He is the Almighty. The Christ. Every knee will bow at his name. And this was his mindset: to become a servant. 

Let this be our frame of mind too. Serve God. Serve others. Our savior had the heart of a servant and we should too.  

Scripture taken from:

Philippians 2:1-11

Willingness and Wisdom


Moses wanted to see the tabernacle built. He knew that he would need willingness and wisdom from the people for the dream to become reality.

He knew there would be several groups of people that could be beneficial to the project. He needed the people that had the supplies to willingly give of them. He needed for the people that had the talent to build to use their knowledge to see the project completed. He knew that lacking either the willingness or knowledge would cause the tabernacle never to be built. 

Today we look to build up a different type of tabernacle. We look to win people over to Jesus, converting them into temples of the Holy Spirit. 

Just as there was diversity within the Israelite people there are many differing roles within the body of Christ: Preachers, teachers, prayer warriors, builders, visionaries, encouragers, givers, etc.

To be successful in building the kingdom of God two things are still required of his people: willingness to give of themselves and wisdom to grow in the Lord. 


A remnant of Israelite captives were saved from the Babylonian King. These people felt blessed and favored by God. So much so that they went to Jeremiah, the prophet, and told him to tell God that they would do whatever he wanted them to do. 

God replied ten days later by telling them to stay put and he would prosper him, he would save them and then he would return them to their own land. He said for them not to flee to Egypt. 

The people responded by calling Jeremiah a liar. Then they directly disobeyed the Lord and went to Egypt.

Probably all of us can say that we’ve been in a similar situation. We’ve been on a spiritual mountain, feeling good and favored when we tell the Lord we’ll do anything for him. We say this because at this moment we know that he is the God that loves us and has the best intentions for us. Then a short period of time passes and we forget that God favors us and wants only what is best. We begin thinking that he has forgotten us and doesn’t care. 

Not true. The God that you were praising in the easy times is the same God you can praise through the difficult times. Listen to the words of encouragement he has spoken to you. Hang on to them. Remind yourself of God’s goodness in your life. Just because he is leading you in a direction you don’t prefer doesn’t mean he has left you. Instead it means he is building you up. He is preparing you a great future. 

Don’t run like the Israelites did. Instead be still, stay rooted and stand strong. Wait to see the goodness of your God. 

Scripture taken from:

Jeremiah 42-43:7

Seeing Results


Joshua was commanded to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground.
The removing of his shoes had significance. It wasn’t just a random commandment of The Lord.
Joshua’s shoes represented the filth of the world that he had been dealing with.
The removal of the shoes teaches us that we are capable of putting all things aside and focusing completely on Jesus.
Just as Joshua was able to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground, you are able to separate yourself from the cares of this world when you commune with Jesus. Begin with prayer. Ask The Lord to change your frame of mind…to lead you…to consume your thoughts.
It will require effort to meet with Jesus fully focused on him. Just as it required effort for Joshua to remove his shoes. You may have to move to a different place. (Maybe from the work area to the kitchen table.) He may have you change the time you meet with Him. (Maybe from a nighttime reading to an early morning devotional.) Just be willing to make any changes He requires of you. The results will be well worth it.
Originally posted July 16, 2013

Keep At It


Keep at the ministry he has given you. There is a good, productive, God-glorifying end in his sight. I’m praying for you. 

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6

Follow Jesus


Matthew 16:24 “Then Said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
We are to deny our flesh to follow after Jesus. 
Pride can’t dictate your decisions. Earthly success shouldn’t be our ultimate goal. Making our dreams into reality shouldn’t be our driving force. 
If we are going to call ourselves followers of Jesus then we need to be followers of Jesus. Go where he leads you. Do as he shows you. Actually follow him, even when it means going against your flesh, your own ideas or your personal preference.

Grace 


The Lord strengthened Elijah. He was able to minister to an entire nation of people. He had been miraculously fed by birds, resurrected a child from the dead and called down fire from heaven. 
Apparently that all left his memory. Or he felt under appreciated. Maybe he just felt lonely. Regardless of how he felt here is what he told the Lord: I quit. Not just once but on four separate occasions. Twice under a juniper tree and twice in a cave. 
Here’s what the Lord didn’t say: “Fine then, quit.” 
Instead the Lord comforted Elijah. He told him that he was going to use him to prepare a way for not only his generation but the next. He loved him. Elijah pulled himself together and got back to the work of the Lord. 
Sometimes we may feel like we have exhausted the patience of God. Maybe we feel like we’ve “cried wolf” one too many times. But our God is merciful. He is patient and he is loving. He gives us grace. 
Scripture taken from:

I Kings 17-19

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