Archive | November 2012

Encouragement When All Is Gone

David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. – 1 Samuel 30:6, KJV

There may come a time in your life when you find that all that you hold valuable is gone. Your job, your spouse, your children, your home—everything you truly loved and held dear is gone. To compound the problem, you also find that the individuals you thought you could count on have not and will not come to your aid. People that you trusted, loved, looked out for, and even blessed are too often the first to align themselves against you when you need them most. When you need an encouraging word, when you desire some level of human assurance, people you thought you could count on may be the first to withhold the very thing you need to help turn your situation around.

I pray that you never find yourself in this predicament. However, if you do, remember that you are not necessarily in your situation because you were disobedient. The spiritual fact is that evil tests and puts the most pressure on the most worthy souls. No one has been greatly used of God who did not experience the great fires of adversity. If you are there, it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with your level of anointing. No one was more anointed than Jesus, but He found Himself in the midst of adversity.

Sometimes there will be no one to encourage you. Every now and then you must take it upon yourself to independently lift your own spirit. You are going to have to encourage yourself.

The only way to do this is to focus upon and have trust in God’s Word. Find out what God has to say in His Word about your situation. If God said it, that settles it. You can count on Him to do all that He has said. Do all that you can do. Make a commitment to the application of His Word in your situation. Encourage yourself with the truth of God’s love for you, His commitment to bless you, and the reality that He cannot lie.

 

 

Excerpt from 100 Days of Inspiration

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Written BY: Anthony Collins

Anthony has been successful for over 30 years, holding executive level positions with Fortune 100 companies. He has overcome tragedies, addictions, disasters and close calls. He writes to help others see and accomplish what it has taken him decades to understand. You can purchase this book at 100 Days of Inspiration or visit his website at Tony Ministries.

Caring Means Confronting!

Bishop E. Earl Jenkins
“An honest answer is a sign of true friendship.” Proverbs 24:26 (TEV)

It’s much easier to remain silent when others around us are messing up, but it’s not the loving thing to do. Most people have no one in their lives that love them enough to tell them the truth, so they continue going the wrong way. Usually we know what needs to be said but fear keeps us from saying it. “An honest answer is the sign of true friendship.” Sometimes caring means confronting!

Paul writes, “If someone in your group does something wrong, you who are spiritual should go to that person and gently make him right again” (Gal 6:1 NCV). That’s what ‘spiritual’ people do! The trouble is when an issue pops up that might cause tension, it’s immediately glossed over in order to preserve peace. Mr. ‘Don’t-rock-the-boat’ jumps in and tries to smooth everyone’s ruffled feathers, the issue is never resolved and everyone lives with an underlying feeling of frustration. “No more pretense. Tell…the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other…When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself” (Eph 4:25 TM).

Now frankness is not a license to be rude and say anything you please. Thoughtless words wound people. “Never use harsh words when you correct an older man, but talk to him as if he were your father. Talk to younger men as if they were your brothers, older women as if they were your mothers, and younger women as if they were your sisters” (1Ti 5:1-2 GWT). Bottom line: whether in a marriage, a friendship, a church or a business, until we care enough to confront and resolve the underlying barriers, we’ll never grow close to each other!

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?

You should be. There are things in the darkness that desire to kill you. Darkness overshadows the light and drains the life out of its subjects. You may have heard that heaven and God is full of light. The reason for this is simple. Light gives give life. Light gives vision. Light gives direction.

Hell is full of darkness. Hell impedes vision. Hell creates confusion. Hell is in direct opposition to light. Hell is for those who love darkness.

Before you run from this blog understand that darkness has power and the fear of the Lord is wisdom. I said, what may seem strange to some that one should be afraid of the dark and you may say, but the Bible says fear not.

Unfounded fear should never be a Christian’s disposition.  Unfounded fear is fear that God will abandon and forsake you. Unfounded fear is man’s ability to separate you from God. Unfounded fear is the devils ability to overcome the Holy Spirit.

Founded fear should be a Christian’s disposition. Fearing God’s ability to cast your soul into hell. Fearing God’s wrath to those who disobey and curse him in unbelief and action. Fearing God is just plain smart. He alone has the ability to save you.

 

You’ve been warned…

You’ve been loved…

 

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