ENCOURAGE YOURSELF

VICTORY IS YOURS

Galatians 6:9 

And let us not be weary in WELL-DOING: for in due season we shall REAP, if we faint not. 

Well-Doing: all that is done in Love, Truth, Holiness, Righteousness, and Faith for the glory of God. 

+Sometimes in Well-Doing we see immediate results. Other times we see gradual results, and there will be times when the results will take a longer time than we anticipated. 

+Rest assured. Our God is Faithful. Your harvest may be delayed, but it is not denied. 

+Don’t look at what your situation and get discouraged, but instead look at the Word of God and be encouraged.  

+Our Hope is in the Lord and not in the Situation. 

2 Corinthians 5:7 

For we walk by Faith, not by sight. 

Habakkuk 2:3 

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay. 

+Be steadfast and immovable with Trust, Confidence and Faith in the Lord. For God is not a man that He should lie. Our God is faithful. Hallelujah!!!

•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus Loves us while keeping our Faith, Trust and Confidence in Him. 

•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

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WHICH COMES FIRST ?

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”. (I Timothy 6:6‭-‬10 NKJV).

“Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. (Luke 12:16‭-‬34 NKJV).

Our Lives are Filled with the FULLNESS of God.
2 Peter 1:3
According as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who has called us to glory and virtue:
Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Ephesians 3:19
And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, THAT YOU MIGHT BE FULLED WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.
+When our lives are filled with the Fullness of God there is no room left over to accommodate things that are not of God.
+We are filled with the fullness of God in Christ Jesus, by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
+Many of us don’t realize this and therefore we do not fellowship with the Lord in the Spirit, and utilize the Word of God like we should.
+Remember we can do everything the Word of God says we can do because we have everything the Word says that we have.
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our Faith, Trust and Confidence in Him.
•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

JUST  TRUST  HIM

You trust a chair that it will not break under your weight ; you trust your boss ,to pay you after you work all week. You put your trust in a restaurant that the food they serve will not kill you,or make you sick. So why is it so hard for you to trust God?

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God”. (Psalms 20:7 NKJV).

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones”.(Proverbs 3:5‭-‬8 NKJV).

“Trust in the Lord , and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord , And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord , Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday”. (Psalms 37:3‭-‬6 NKJV).

Trusting God with the Things we do not, and cannot Understand
Proverb 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
+What the Word of God is saying here is that when we are TRUSTING in God to Divinely Intervene in our lives we cannot lean to our own understanding.
+We must forsake our own understanding and solely trust in the Lord.
+There are times when we try so hard to figure things out with our own understanding, and because we couldn’t figure things out we become negative impacted in some way.
+Our Heavenly Father is Faithful. As you trust in the Lord delight yourself in Him. He has already given us the desires of our hearts.
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for our lives. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our Faith, Trust and Confidence in Him.
•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

GOD’S BLESSINGS, COMES THROUGH  OBEDIENCE  

HOW MANY BLESSINGS  HAVE  YOU SACRIFICE , BECAUSE  OF DISOBEDIENCE ?

So Samuel said: “Has the Lord  as  great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, TO  OBEY  IS  BETTER  THAN   SACRIFICE, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is  as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is  as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord , He also has rejected you from being king.”(1 Samuel 15:22‭-‬23 NKJV).

Question: “Why is obedience to God important?”
Answer: Obedience to God proves our love for Him (1 John 5:2-3), demonstrates our faithfulness to Him (1 John 2:3-6), glorifies Him in the world (1 Peter 2:12), and opens avenues of blessing for us (John 13:17).
Faith is necessary to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and if our faith is genuine and true, we will live a lifestyle characterized by righteousness, modeling the example set for us by Jesus Christ. We obey His commands, not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him. We are enabled to obey because, once we believe in Christ and are saved, we are remade. We are not the same people we once were. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
When we obey the Lord, we can live a life of joy, without shame, rooted deeply in the Lord and confident in our eternal hope. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Our obedience is actually part of our assurance that we truly know God (1 John 2:3).
When God’s children obey their Heavenly Father, He is glorified. Jesus told us that the plan is for others to “see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Of course, performing “good deeds” requires obedience to the One who calls us to good deeds. A Christian’s testimony of holiness is a strong witness that God is at work in the world.
“Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him” (Psalm 128:1). The Bible often tells us that God blesses and rewards obedience. James 1:22-25 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. . . . Whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” See also Psalm 119:1-2.
God is gracious. If we haven’t been living for Him, if we haven’t been following His commandments, if we’ve been living in and for the world, we can be transformed by the blood of Jesus Christ. We can ask God for forgiveness, and He will give it. And He will choose to forget the sin, just as if we had never committed it in the first place. God is glorified when He extends forgiveness, because it is written, “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. . . . Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:16-17).(that section  given   by the Holy Spirit,to  brother   Mike B.)

Wisdom and Blessings 

Isaiah 1:19 

If all of you be willing and obedient, all of you shall eat the good of the land: 

3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. 

+Obedience is evidence of Love, Faith, Maturity, and Godly Wisdom. 

+Our level of Obedience, Love, Faith, Maturity, and Godly Wisdom determines the amount of blessings that are manifested in our lives. 

+The more we mature in the things of God the greater the blessings of God will manifest in our lives. 

+Let us all be determined to increase our MATURITY LEVEL in the things of God by consistently walking in Obedience, Love, Faith, Maturity, and Godly Wisdom. Amen!!!

•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our faith, trust and confidence in Him. 

•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

FAITH  

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But without faith it  is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. (Hebrews 11:1‭, ‬6 NKJV).

“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.  And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”(Matthew 21:21‭-‬22 NKJV).

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them”. (Mark 11:22‭-‬24 NKJV).

“You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures”. (James 4:2‭-‬3 NKJV).

1 John 5:14-15
14 And this is the CONFIDENCE that we have in him, that, if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE hears us:
15 And if we know that HE hears us, whatsoever we ask (ACCORDING TO HIS WILL), we know that we have the requests (or petitions) that we desired of him.
+All things ACCORDING TO GOD’S WILL are ALL His promises that are written in His Word.
+Remember God’s WILL for us is Salvation, Deliverance, Healing, Prosperity of our souls, Good Success, Protection, Provision and the list goes on.
+For an inexhaustible list of THINGS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL you may consult with your Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
+Find God’s promises that meet your needs and proclaim and declare those promises of God in your life.
+You shall have what you say and it shall be unto you according to your faith. Amen! And Hallelujah!!!
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for our lives. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our Faith, Trust and Confidence in Him.
•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

KNOW THE FACTS

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. (John 14:6 NKJV).

As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus”. (Romans 3:10‭-‬18‭, ‬23‭-‬26 NKJV).

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “ Lord , who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. (Romans 10:9‭-‬17 NKJV).

WHY WORRY

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”. (Matthew 6:25‭-‬34 NKJV).

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are  noble, whatever things are  just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are  lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there  is any virtue and if there  is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things”. (Philippians 4:6‭-‬8 NKJV).

STAND  ON  THE  WORD  IN  FAITH. 

+Have you ever been in a situation where…

…you have given it your best and it seems as if your best was not good enough?

…you have given it your all and nothing changed?

+What the Lord said to Joshua in Joshua 1:9,  He is saying to us today:

“Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed {to be broken down, confused, afraid and beat down}: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go”

+Our circumstances does not change the Word of God. The Word of God and our Faith in the Word changes our circumstances. 

+Our God is FAITHFUL. 

•Contine to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our faith, trust and confidence in Him. 

•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!