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Encouragement is the Word

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S – “Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

O – Paul writes to assure us that all who believe in Jesus will be with Him forever. We will either be with Him when we die or if we are alive when He comes back, we will join Him in the air. Either way, we are with Him forever. Our job is to encourage each other with this truth and build each other up.

A – Am I doing my job? Am I encouraging others daily? Reminding them that whether we are awake or asleep, we will always be with the Lord?
P – Jesus, thank you that you will return one day. Thank you that I am yours forever and nothing can take that away. Help me live to encourage others and remind them of this truth. Help me to encourage someone today. I love you Lord.

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Bad News

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Within a short time I’ve heard news of:

  • A friend’s daughter who had a diagnosis of breast cancer
  • A friend who is in ICU because of a bike accident
  • Another friend’s son who is in critical condition
  • A friend who one day was in great shape and in just a few weeks found himself to be an amputee having lost his right leg from the knee down and half of his left foot

I could go on. Depression, addictions, death, loss…

The lesson? We never know what a day will bring.

This life is fragile and fleeting.

At best, we are aging day by day and gradually losing our physical abilities (as much as we would like to deny that). We are all dying. Whatever abilities we have today are not promised for tomorrow. I’m not being negative, its reality.

Does this reality have to rob us of joy and peace?

No! It’s because of that reality that Jesus came to live and die for us and then rose to live forever. He is our rescuer and our Savior!

Our Father is always with us.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)

Does that mean we won’t experience pain or loss? No, but it means we are not alone. It means when we rely on Christ, He gives us the grace we need for each day.

Our Father is always there with His arms open wide. Jesus has made it possible for us to run into His arms if we will believe.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

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Use Your Spurs!

Please join me at Internet Cafe Devotions to learn how to “use your spurs”.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

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WORDS

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

Did you ever hear this bit of untruth? The truth is broken bones will heal in a matter of months but people spend a lifetime trying to heal from wounds made with words. Words go into our hearts and spirits. Words are burned into our memories and accepted as truth. Words have the power to break up friendships, destroy marriages, wound children, split churches, ruin reputations and careers and rob of us joy. Words also have the power to heal marriages, restore friendships and give hope.

“The tongue has the power of life and death…” Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

“And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” James 3:6 (NLT)

Wow! The tongue has power. Not really the tongue but our words. Words matter.  Concerning words, Proverbs says they are: a life-giving fountain, wise, like sterling silver, encouraging to many, helpful, beneficial, healing, able to stand the test of time, able to keep you safe, a tree of life, like honey, like deep waters, satisfying, more valuable than gold or jewels and God delights in them. Note these are the sincere words of the godly. Proverbs points out that “smooth words may hide a wicked heart…People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you.” 26:23-24 Trying to fake it by saying certain words isn’t the answer. The words must come from a sincere heart.  Speaking of godless words, Proverbs says they: destroy friends, are like a murderous ambush, trap the speaker, are soon exposed, make tempers flare, crush the spirit, are evil, create trouble, are destructive, get you into constant quarrels, stir up trouble, hate the victim and their flattery causes ruin.

Jesus said this about words, “It is not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth…But the words you speak come from the heart-that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander.” Matthew 15:11,18-19 (NLT) Words come from our hearts. We need to check where our heart is at if we are struggling with using hurtful words. I think that using negative words can also be a habit. Something we do without thinking. It can be self-indulgent.  Sometimes I am too focused on myself to see the person in front of me who needs an encouraging word. It is amazing how a few, simple words can help. I have been encouraged because someone said, “I am thinking about you.” Or, “I am praying for you.”

 

 

What can we do to be more intentional with life-giving words?  Take a couple of days to just be aware of the words you speak. How often are you complaining, gossiping or speaking words that tear others down? If you speak encouraging words to someone, notice their reaction. Does it seem to make a difference? Spend time meditating on God’s word. Ask Him to change your heart so your words will be sincere. Ask Him to help you to stop before you speak and make a choice to speak life-giving words. Maybe memorize some of the scriptures mentioned. Make this verse your prayer:

“May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NLT)

I love this song by TobyMac! Please listen to the lyrics and ask God to speak to you. “Speak Life”

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