Have you ever had the experience of receiving an encouragement exactly at the time you needed it? It may be through someone you didn’t even know but you knew how much you needed to hear it. I have. Many a times. And I’ve seen those experiences as God’s way of saying, “I see you.”
You know who else sees us? The enemy of our souls. And he doesn’t see us to protect us and remind us of his love for us but to bring us to a place where we can’t muster the strength to know with deep conviction that God is with us. He desires to bring us to a place where we question God and doubt His faithfulness to us. He works overtime to have us rely on ourselves rather than God…to lean on our understanding and take matters into our own hands. He is deceitful.
So what does have to do with encouragement? Scripture in Hebrews 3:13 tells us this, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.”
Encouragement isn’t just for our “feel good” emotion. This verse reveals that it’s a daily necessity to help us maintain this faith walk. It reveals that without the sustaining reminder of God’s love through Jesus, we are prone to be hardened in our hearts. We need each other to keep the fire of God flaming. This is what the church as a community can do for us. This is what friendship in the Lord should do.
Ladies, let’s make it a priority to encourage one another in the faith. This week, I encourage you to call or reach out to a friend and encourage them of God’s word and His love over them. Remind them of the great length the Father went in giving us His Son as a ransom for our salvation. That they are justified and redeemed and are free from the bondage of sin. That they are no longer bound by condemnation. That God thinks of them and will provide for them greater than He provides for the lilies of the field or the birds of the air. Encourage them. It’s our duty.
Peace, love and blessings,
The God of my Salvation,
Thank you for allowing me to enter into Your Rest.
I have found healing for my soul.
Thank you for allowing me to partake in Your Son, Jesus Christ.
I have found purpose for my Spirit.
I’m grateful that the veil was torn,
so that I may enter with confidence
Your throne of Grace,
So I can receive mercy at my time of need,
and that your grace will be given freely.
Thank you for Your unfathomable love,
willing to beckon me to You that I may receive LIFE.
My ways are not hidden from You.
My thoughts are not forgotten by You.
You see me. You know me.
You desire me. You are WITHIN me.
I am forever grateful.
In Jesus Name,
***Be blessed by this song "Hidden" By Will Reagan***
By Dr. James Merritt
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.“ Psalm 37:4-7 (NIV)
There is an old saying “time is money.” That really isn’t true. The real truth is “time is life.” Life comes down to the time we have on this earth and how we spend it.
The older I get, the more I realize the most precious time in life is when I spend it with the people I love the most. Even after 40 years of marriage, I love spending time with my precious Teresa. One-on-one. Just the two of us. I have never gotten over the fact that … a) she married me, and b) she still loves to spend time with me.
Yet even more amazing to me is that God desires to spend time with me!
In fact, He wants to spend time with you and me so badly that He paid in order to get it. He sent Jesus to remove every barrier, tear down every wall and unlock every door so we could have a personal relationship with Him. In fact, He gave us His Word so we could hear from Him constantly and consistently.
That’s why I love to read my Bible. I know God wants me to have unrestricted access to Him, anywhere and anytime I want. God has a personal side and He wants me to know it. God wants you to get to know Him better so you can love Him fully, hear Him clearly and experience His guidance. This comes by spending time with Him in His Word.
A king by the name of David wrote a song about the benefits of spending time with God, showing us why this should be a top priority of our life.
Spending Time with God Causes Me to Reflect God’s Character
Just as I enjoy spending precious time with my wife, God is delighted when we are delighted in Him! He loves to be our eyes and ears so He can speak into our heart.
Have you noticed the more time you spend with someone, the more you become like them? As we spend time with God and His Word, He changes us so we become more like Him. God changes us so He can use us to change other people. You simply cannot spend time with God, hear His Word, know Him better, love Him more and be the same person.
Spending Time with God Causes Me to Receive God’s Blessings
God promises that when we delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. Now this is not a “your wish is my command!” promise. As we spend time with God, we will delight in Him. His desires become our desires because our hearts are tuned to His. He will grant us what we desire, because we both want the same thing!
Spending Time with God Causes Me to Rest in God’s Will
As we spend time with God and His Word, our faith and trust in Him will grow. Fear is replaced by faith, and worry is replaced by worship. Spending quality time with God and consistently studying His Word grows our confidence in His power and our commitment to His plans for our lives.
So today … set aside time to spend with the One who is above all time. It will be time well spent.
Heavenly Father, thank You for wanting to spend time with me and inviting me to spend time with You. Help me prioritize this time with You, knowing it is the path to divine power and meaningful productivity in the time You have given me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.