Be Encouraged

Good morning faithful servants!  I pray that each of you have already felt God’s presence at some point today or have been able to reflect or meditate on His word.  For those of us that hit the floor running, here ya go!!

In this fast paced, self-indulged, immediate gratification world, we can easily become sucked into the fear and anxiousness that we are not enough.  Recently I had the pleasure of having a conversation with a co-worker about practicing gentleness, kindness, and forgiveness as it relates to my work environment.  I proceeded to tell her that while I feel better about the situation and closer to God because of it, there has been a very definite “side effect.”  You see, I work in healthcare so I see things often as either a diagnosis, a disease state, a treatment, an outcome, or a “side effect.”  This side effect just happens to be emotional openness.  I am learning that by being kind and gentle in certain areas, I leave myself open emotionally.  This has resulted in hurt feelings, disappointment, and feeling left out.  While I realize the enemy is pushing every button he can, I also am reminded that God has bigger plans for me and I turn to His word for comfort.

In Joshua 1 verses 6-9 the commands to be “strong and courageous” appear three times with a final command to “not be afraid or discouraged.”  When God commissions us for a task, He specially equips us to meet the challenges that we will face, and that is the reason for encouragement.  We do not face our challenges without God, nor without His assistance.  I recently heard a friend say, “We are always taught as Christians that God will never give us more than we can handle, but I disagree.  Sometimes He gives us too much in the hopes that we will turn to Him.”  I see what she meant by this statement when I reflect upon the promises of our Lord.  We receive encouragement from God’s promises.  We have to live on His promises and not on explanations.  This is why when we step out in faith, trusting in the promises of God, God reveals to us the directions we need as we need them.  (excerpt from my Sunday sermon by Chuck Gilliland).

Be encouraged today my friends!  Know that in order to be successful, we must follow God’s words.  You may not succeed by worldly standards, but you will be a success in God’s eyes, and His opinion is most important.

God Bless you all!