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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 synch 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.

Genesis 24:29-60

Be Humble

“There is not a man upon the earth that can tell you what that dream means,” said the Chaldeans.

Then in strolled Daniel with the interpretation.

Can you imagine the pride that would have tried to rule in his heart? None of the Chaldeans could interpret it but Daniel could.

Instead of glorying in himself Daniel chose to exalt God. He thanked him for imparting wisdom upon him. He blessed him. Praised him. Worshipped him.

Daniel did this because he realized that even though he would receive glory on earth that his God in heaven was the author of this success.

Every good and perfect gift comes from God alone. Remind yourself of that when you catch yourself feeling prideful.

Daniel 2:1-23

Ministering

If you claim Jesus as your personal savior and believe on him for forgiveness of sin and for eternal life then you are an ambassador for Christ. A representation of the great I Am. You are the light shining into this dark world.

How seriously are you taking this responsibility? And furthermore, what are you doing to fulfill your role?

Abstaining from sin? Attending church?Reading your Bible? All excellent and needful in any walk with Christ. But are you also helping others?

In Acts we read about several different people who lived their life following after Jesus. In the introductions of these people it is almost always mentioned that they helped others.

Phillip. Tabitha. Cornelius. All of these devout Christians had the introduction of ministering to the people.

Doesn’t that speak volumes?

Yes, they abstained from sin. I’m sure they gathered with other Christians to draw strength and encouragement. And surely they studied the ways of The Lord. But their reputation was that they ministered unto others. They helped those in need.

Look to let your light shine by helping others.

Speaking to You

Sihon and Og. Ever heard of them?

I hadn’t. Until I was reading in Psalm about the creation of the earth, the deliverance from Egypt and then surprisingly the defeat of Og and Sihon was squeezed into the middle of the account.

Immediately I was intrigued. What had happened here to get mentioned with the ranks of creation and the parting of the Red Sea? I searched the scriptures looking for more information.

But about the only thing I could find was that God had defeated them. Plain and simple.

To us (at least to me) it isn’t as clear why those victories were important enough to be mentioned throughout the Old Testament. But to the Israelites it was obviously a point of strength.

Isn’t that like our history with Jesus?

Surely you’ve been through things that to others would seem insignificant, but to you they are an aid to your faith.

I have.

Paul’s imprisonment changed my life. It was the revelation that Paul penned down the Word from prison, effecting millions, that encouraged me to look for ways to reach people from within my home.

Before The Lord had shown me Paul’s bondage from this perspective I was discouraged with thoughts of “I’m not able to do anything for The Lord because I’m not in the public.” But knowing that Paul reached others while in bondage gave me courage to seek a way to have an effect on others lives on a daily basis even though I wouldn’t actually be with them.

From the synopsis of Paul’s imprisonment this blog (my tool to encourage other Christians) was born.

Just like Og and Sihon didn’t have a large effect on me, most likely Paul’s imprisonment hasn’t had the same effect on you. Maybe it has. Regardless, his story has effected me like the stories of Og and Sihon effected the Israelites.

Jesus knows exactly how to speak to His children. He knows how to encourage us. Cling to what He has given you, no matter of what importance it is to someone else.

Psalm 136:1-26

Know Your Judge

Have you ever found yourself making decisions based on man’s probable reaction as opposed to God’s will?

Abraham did.

He and his wife, Sarah followed through with a plan to deceive Abimelech, king of Gerar because they felt that living righteously was too big of a risk.

They had determined that if the king found out that they were husband and wife that Abraham would be killed so that Sarah could become the King’s. They decided to make themselves known as siblings instead of spouses.

Their plan was concocted based on how they thought man would react without paying heed to what God had set in place.

Ultimately they chose to believe that God wasn’t in control.

But instead of the intended peace Abraham and Sarah’s plan caused discord. Tempers flared. Their scheme had backfired.

Their trust had been placed in the wrong authority. Now they would have to deal with the consequences.

Man’s opinion shouldn’t be the determining factor of our choices. God alone should be the one you are concerned with answering to.

Go forward knowing that you’re pleasing God, your maker, your king. If you look to honor God first in your life then he’ll take care of the details.

Genesis 20:1-11

Friends

Adonijah had taken over the throne of David as he neared his final days of life. Normally this wouldn’t be anything unnatural considering the fact that Adonijah was David’s son.

The cause for concern was the fact that the throne had been promised to Solomon, David’s other son, not Adonijah.

Nathan, a prophet of God and friend of David approached him on the matter. He knew that David was unaware of what was going on because of his feebleness and being bound to bedrest. He knew also that action needed to be taken. Something needed to be done.

David graciously accepted Nathan’s account of what was going on within his kingdom. He denounced Adonijah as king and set Solomon in his place.

All was well again because a person decided to step up on their friend’s behalf.

Could you be that friend to someone? Could you help someone to see a situation more clearly? Could you do something to make life a little easier for another person?

Look out for those that God has put in your life.

I Kings 1:11-40

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Always Working

The disciples stood in utter disbelief. “Is this a spirit?” was the prevailing thought among them.

You can imagine the their fear. Jesus had just appeared to them after His resurrection.

His response to their reaction: “Do you guys have anything to eat?”

It’s funny to imagine that Christ just had a snack with a grin on His face and waited for reality to sink in to the disciples.

Then it dawned on them. “It’s really Jesus in the flesh. He’s alive and well!” These statements were made after he ate the fish and honeycomb.

Which makes a person wonder…was he really eating only to pass the time?

No, of course not.

In this case He was eating to show that He was human, raised back to life, that He wasn’t just a random spirit to be afraid of.

Jesus never does things frivolously. Everything He does serves a purpose. He doesn’t just wait around.

He isn’t just sitting by idle watching your life pass you by. What you’re going through, good or bad, will be used to bring Him glory and to draw you closer to Him.

Luke 24:36-45

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