Most of us feel down and discouraged, and need to be encouraged. But how do we get out of that funk,lets see what men of the Bible did: First you get to the source of the problem and ask yourself, why art thou cast down,O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God;for I shall yet praise Him,who is the health of my countenance,and my God (Psalms 42:11). It’s normally when you are down,that people who you think would encourage you,turn against you,and then talk about you,but listen to what this expert in these matters did. “And David was greatly distressed for the people spoke of stoning him.because the soul of all the people was grieved,every man for his sons and for his daughters. But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God”( 1Samuel 30:6). When there is no one there to comfort or encourage you,that’s when you got to do it yourself. How do you do that? Ephesians 5:19-20 suggest that you,”Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 says,”Rejoice evermore,pray without ceasing,in everything give thanks,for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”.Listen you are not thanking Him,for the mess or tribulation you are in,but for the fact that,He is able,willing,and capable of getting you out of your crisis,that’s why you are thanking Him,you are looking pass your problem to your deliverance. Psalm 34:19 says,”Many are the afflictions of the righteous,but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Therefore,like He told Joshua 1:7-9″ Only be thou strong and very courageous,that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law,which Moses,my servant,commanded thee;turn not from it to the right hand or to the left,that thou mayest prosper wherever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth,but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein;for then thou shalt make thy way prospetous,and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage,be not afraid,neither be thou dismayed,for the Lord thy God is with thee wherever thou goest”. Then Psalm 27:14 suggests that we should,”Wait on the Lord,be of good courage,and He shall strengthen thine heart,Wait,I say, on the Lord”. That folks is the simple formula or remedy for discouragement,which you can apply if you know God,and have a personal relationship with Him. If you are interested in either,just go to the top of this blog,click on to the salvation page,and get started. “I will sing to the Lord,for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and it’s rider,He has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song,and He has become my salvation,He is my God,and I will praise Him,my Father’s God,and I will exalt Him”( Exodus 15:1-2).
You have two options during tribulation,turn to God,or turn to the devil. God can deliver out of tribulation,but the devil will bury you deeper in it. “But if from there thou shalt seek the Lord thy God,thou shalt find Him,if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation,and all these things are come upon thee,even in the latter days,if thou turn to the Lord thy God,and shalt be obedient unto His voice. For the Lord thy God is a merciful God,He will not forsake thee,neither destroy thee,nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he swore unto them,(Deuteronomy 4: 29-31). The main reason most folks are not victorious in tribulation is because they don’t stand in God’s word and promises. “But he that received the seed in stony places,the same is he that heareth the word,and immediately with joy receiveth it;yet hath he not root in himself,but endureth for a while;for when tribulation or persecution arisrth because of the word,immediately he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word;and the care of this age,and the deceitfulness of riches,choke the word,and he becometh unfriitful. But he that received seed in good ground is he that heareth the word,and understandeth it,who also beareth fruit,and bringeth forth,some an hundred-fold,some sixty,some thirty,(Matthew13:20-23). However,James 1:2-4 tells us to count it all joy when we fall into various trials ,knowing this,that the testing of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work,that ye may be perfect and entire,lacking nothing. So we must know the facts and truth of Gods word and promises to pull us through,because we already overcome,that’s why Jesus reminds us in John16:33,that in the world,you will have tribulation,but be of good cheer,I have overcome yhe world.Romans 12:12 tells us to rejoice in hope,patient in tribulation,continuing diligently in prayer. Romans 5:3 suggests,that we should glory in tribulation,knowing that tribulation worketh patience… Therefore,the key to going through tribulation is knowing God,and what you mean to Him,praying,have patience,hoping, and be fruitful,as Galatians 5:22-23 puts it love,joy,peace,goodness,faith,etc. Hebrews 11 gives us the evidence,proof,and testimony of all the people God help,through their trials,and tribulation,and He has not changed His mind about helping us ,but we have to start believing as Psalms34:19says,”Many are the afflictions of the righteous,but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Do you believe,and trust God to deliver you,if not and you would love to. You could start by going to the top of this blog,click on to the salvation page,and follow the instruction.
Where will you go if Jesus appears right now? Will you be one of His sheeps or the devils goat?When the Son of man shall come in His glory,and all the holy angels with Him,then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory; and before Him shall be gathered all the nations;and He shall seperate them one from another,as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. And He shall set the sheep on His right hand,but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them in His right hand,come ye blessed of my Father,inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.(Matthew 25:31-34). Then shall He say also unto them in the left hand. Depart from me ,ye cursed,into everlasting fire,prepared for the devil and his angels.(Matt.25:41). How do you know if you are a sheep or a goat? John10:27-29 Jesus states it clearly,”My sheep hear my voice,and I know them,and they follow Me;And I give unto them eternal life;and they shall never perish,neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father,who gave them to me,is greater than all,and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand”. However,Matthew 7:15 warns us,”Beware of false prophets,who come to you in sheep’s clothing,but inwardly they are raving wolves”. Ye are of your father the devil,and the lusts of your father ye will do;he was a murderer from the begining,and abode not in the truth,because there is no truth in him,when he speaketh a lie,he speaketh of his own,for he is a liar,and the father of it,John 8:44;However,v47 says,”He that is of God heareth God’s wirds,ye therefore,hear them not,because ye are not of God”. If you want to be a sheep who hears from God,you can accept the gift of His Son,just go to the top of this blog,click on to the salvation page,then follow the in structions.
A word can make you or break you,it can uplift you or trample you;it can discourage or encourage. Which ever one you choose to speak,or receive is up to you. However,you must remember that death and life are in the power of the tongue,and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof,according to Proverbs 18:21. The question is how are you using,and applying God’s word daily? Must I remind you,that He made all things. Jesus eloquently puts it this way,” O generation of vipers,how can you being evil speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man,out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things,and an evil man,out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you,that every idle word that men shall speak,they shall give account of it,in the day of judgment”. Which means we have to be very careful and not carefree with what we say,because,what you say,will be held against you,in God’s court,and He has it recorded. Therefore,when we speak God’s word,we have to make sure,He gives you permission,because,His words according to Jeremiah 23:29 is like fire,and like a hammer that breaks rock in pieces;and Hebrews 4:12 says,”For the word of God is quick and powerful,and sharper than any twoedged sword,piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,and of joints and marrow;and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. Then Isaiah 55:11 is the scary one,He said,”So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth,it shall not return unto me void,but it shall accomplish that which I please,and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”. Therefore,”Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,but that which is good to the use of edifying,that it may minister grace unto the hearers,Ephesians 4:29 tells us.As a christian you know that 1John 4:4 says,”Greater is He who is in you,than he that is in the world”,which means God is speaking through you,so are you speaking His words to edify,encourage,strengthen your brethren or are you speaking the words of the devil that steals,kills,and destroy. In Jeremiah 5:14 it says,”Wherefore,thus saith the Lord God of hosts,because ye speak this word,behold,I will make My words in thy mouth fire,and this people wood,and it shall devour them. Watch the words that comes out of your mouth.”And thou,son of man,be not afraid of them,neither be afraid of their words,though briers and thorns be with thee,and thou dost dwell aming scorpions;be not afraid of their words,nor be dismayed at their looks,though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them,whether they will hear,or whether they will forbear;for they are most rebellious.[Ezekiel 7:6-7].
When the devil comes knocking,tell him to flee,because,you are too close to the pearly gates,where the streets of the city are pure gold,and transparent like glass, a place where God shall wipe away all tears,from our eyes. Just imagine, there will be no more death,neither sorrow,nor crying,neither will there be anymore pain,for the former things are passed away ,Revelation 21:4. Why would anyone clothed in their right mind give that up,or trade everlasting life for a life of everlasting torment in a lake of fire and brimstone,as Revelation 20:10 describes. Why would you fight off the devil,and his temptations and lusts to quit or give up when you are so close to victory. One thing is certain,is that the Lord is not slack concerning His promise,as some men count slackness;but is longsuffering to us-ward,not willing that any should perish,but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night ;in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be disolved,what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and Godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we,according to His promise,look for new heavens and a new earth,wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore,beloved,seeing that ye look for such things,be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace,without spot,and blameless.(2 Peter 3:9-14). Which of these permanent resting place do you desire,the new heaven and earth or hell with fire? Salvation is free,Jesus Christ already paid the price,all you have to do is believe,receive,and accept Him,as your Lord and Savior,if you desire to do so,just go to the top of this blog,click on to the salvation page,and follow the instructions. Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life,which God,that cannot lie,promised before the world began”.
Come out of the darkness and into the light to get a clear picture of how our lives are, we must experience a power outage at night, where there is nothing but darkness. And even though God has given us the sun by day and the moon by night so that we can see physically. Most people are blinded spiritually, and can’t see the light of the Son Jesus Christ who came to take away the sins of the world. People are in darkness because as 2 Corinthians 3:14 says, “Their minds were blinded and 2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us that the god of this world or age hath blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Real Christians keeps God’s word,and in Him is the love of God perfected, and if we abide in Him then we should walk as He walked. But the path of the just is,as the shining light,that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Is your light shining.1 John 2:5. As a Christian who has seen the light and walked in the light then you can’t hate your brother or sister in Christ and otherwise. So if you hate, it means you are still walking in darkness. Matthew 5:14-16 tells us that we are the light of the world and we must let our light shine. The song says, “Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me all His wonderful compassions and purity.”
The beauty of the whole Christian experience is that when we get to eternity there will be no night there and no need for a lamp, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light and we shall reign forever and ever Revelation 22:5. Therefore until that day comes Ephesians 5:8 tells us that now that we are light, we should walk as children of light and if you don’t have light or is walking as light Ephesians 5:11 tells us that Christ shall give thee light. Because He is the light of the world as Luke 2:32; John 1:4; John 3:19, 8:12, 12:35 and Revelation 21:23 tells us. David did tell us in Psalm 27:1 that the Lord is our light and salvation. If you want to get out of darkness go to the top of this blog,click on to the salvation page,and do as it says. When you become a child of God,you are not in darkness,that when Jesus returns,it should overtake you as a thief,you are all children of light,and children if the day,we are not if the night,nor of darkness,therefore,let us not sleep,as do others,but let us watch,and be sober-minded,as 1Thessalonians 5:5-6 says.
Man to man is so unjust,you don’t know who to trust,says Bob Marley in a song. It’s amazing how so many so called christians find it so easy to criticize,and talk about their brothers and sisters in Christ,instead of praying for them,encouraging,or edifying them. This is the reason why those who are trying hard to live a Holy and righteous life,have to pray in the spirit continuously,because, of the folks who you think have your back,and should be praying for you,they are the ones that the enemy is using to throw fiery darts at you. They fail to realize that the only perfect one who walk this earth was Jesus. But,God has issue out a warning for those folks who think they are Jesus and know it all,and think they are so perfect,you are exempt from the enemies attacks,because,he is using you to attack,your own brethren,stop being wise in your own eyes,everyone who follows Christ is under attack daily,so if you are not,examine yourself. Romans 3:23 which says,”For all have sinned,and come short of the glory of God”. Then 1Corinthians 10:12 says,”wherefore,let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”.what about Matthew 7:3-5,”And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye,but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye,or wilt thou say to thy brother,let me pull the mote out of thine eye,and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite ,first cast the beam out of thine own eye,and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye”. How about Galatians 6:1which says,” Brethren,if a man be overtaken in a fault,ye who are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness,considering thyself,lest thou also be tempted”. What are you doing talking or praying,gossiping or intercede,breaking down or building up,discouraging or encouraging,helping or looking the other way,what are you doing to your brothers and sisters in Christ? Are you Helping the devil to throw darts and dirt,or are helping them by praying.HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN,CAST THE FIRST STONE,then run for cover,so the rock don’t hit you,before you confess. “BUT THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND;BE YE,THEREFORE,SOBER,AND WATCH UNTO PRAYER”.[ 1Peter 4:7].
Do you have room in your life for a real man,who will love you unconditionally,and never leave or forsake you. The best gifts in life do not come in splendor or majestic form because it’s not intended to draw the wrong attention or opinion. However, would it have made a difference if Jesus was born in a palace? Would more people love,accept,and believe? Unfortunately, there are more poor people than there are rich, therefore, most poor folks would feel unqualified because of status, race or gender. But Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners who tend to be the most neglected (Matthew 9:13, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:32).
We look at Mary and Joseph, a man with a wealthy background would be able to find a room anywhere, after all Mary is carrying the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Jesus was a king before He was born and because He was the Messiah, the devil tried to execute Him. If He had been born in a palace like the king He is, it would have been easy to execute Him. But even though there was no room in the Inn at Bethlehem in Judea we see clearly that Proverbs 18:16 is a true statement, “That a mans gift maketh room for Him and brings Him before great men.” And so we see that Jesus’ gifts from birth made room for Him and brought Him before great men, who were never greater than Him.
No one should ever look down on people with humble beginnings because these are the ones who are more appreciative of the gifts they have and use them wisely to God’s glory. Mary nor Jesus was not concerned about where He was born because they knew He was destined for greatness because of who is Father is.
There was no room in the Inn, but Mary made the best out of a bad situation. She may have realized that every disappointment is for a good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose or we can stick to the original version of Romans 8:28 written in the King James, which says, without doubt that we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Mary knew it would work out for good because she loved God and was called to bear His Son. So instead of complaining and murmuring she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger.
So when it seems like things just aren’t working out or going the way you imagined it would, hold tight, give thanks to God, rejoice and have faith for what He’s already planned. Jesus is the only man who would never break your heart,yet many refuse His love. Are they blind,confuse or both? If you are willing to feel this kind of love,that never dies,just go to the salvation page at the top of this blog,and give it a try.
As ye have,therefore,received Christ Jesus the Lord,so walk ye in Him,rooted and built up in Him,and established in the faith,as ye have been taught,abounding with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6 -7).For the ways of the Lord are right,and the just shall walk in them;but the transgressors shall fall in them,according to Hosea 14:9b. Therefore as children of God we should declare,”Teach me thy way O Lord,I will walk in thy truth;unite my heart to fear thy Name”(Psalms 86:11).He that saith He abideth in Him ought himself also so walk,even as He walked.[1 John 2:6]. Most folks claim they are christians,yet are ashamed to be associated with Jesus,afraid to tell other people,and are still living the same dirty lifestyle in the world,these are the folks who,give true christians a bad name.wearing the title,does not make you a christian,it’s the walk that does. But whosoever,keepeth His word,in him verily is the love of God perfected,by this know we that we are in Him (1John 2:5). Then verse eleven says,”But he that hateth his brother is in darkness,and walketh in darkness,and knoweth not where he goeth,because darkness hath blinded his eyes”. Check your steps,where are you placing your feet? Is it solid ground,or sinking sand.See then,that you walk circumspectly,not as fools but as wise,redeeming the time,because the days are evil. Wherefore,be ye not unwise,but understand what the will of the Lord is. And walk in love,as Christ also hath loved us,and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.[Ephesians 5:1,15-17]. “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty,not walking in craftiness,nor handling the word of God deceitfully,but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.[ 2 Corinthians 4:2].
What’s a prayer warrior? It’s simple someone who loves to pray,someone who prays without ceasing as 1Thessalonians 5: 17 says. Prayer warriors, pray for everyone,they don’t care what color,creed,or nationality,or religious affiliation,you belong to,as long as you are a child of God,who believes in Jesus Christ the Messiah. “Moreover,as for me,God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you,but I will teach you the good and right way”(1 Samuel 12:23). Wouldn’t it be good,if all christians take praying this serious,the enemy would be fearful, scared and running.What society called prayer warriors Jesus called hypocrites,who uses vain repititions,with much words and no effect or power as Matthew 6:5-7 describes. Prayer warriors prays all the time,and they pray according to God’s will in His word.Every child of God is a prayer warrior,and if you are not you better learn to be one quickly,because,he who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty,and can boldly declare that,He is there refuge and fortress,and only in God they trust as Psalm 91 says. But in Matthew 26:41 Jesus tells us to,” Watch and pray,that ye enter not into temptation,the Spirit indeed is willing,but the flesh is weak”. Therefore,if you are not a prayer warrior,become one it’s your only connection and weapon when all hell is breaking loose. You don’t have to tell a prayer warrior to pray for you,they were doing it before you ask,because,they are obedient to the word in Colossians 1:9-12 where Paul gives us an example of the duties of a prayer warrior,”.. Since the day we heard it,do not cease to pray for you,and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that you may walk worthy of the Lord,fully pleasing Him…” Prayer warriors,pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints as Ephesians 6:18 tells us to do. Everyone who calls themselves christians should be praying for each other,and praying together as a unified body so that things can happen,like in Acts12,when the believers get together and pray for the release of Peter,out of prison,and God senf the angel to free him. Why are we not seeing things like that happening everyday,it’s because,the church is not unified,they are too busy competing and fighting,there is just too much self-centered folks,who don’t care about anything but self,and so the enemy is causing havoc,it’s time for a change,it’s time for more praying,and less fighting and competing. Let’s start praying more children of God,we are all in this together. Remember,James 5:15-16 says,”And the prayer of faith shall save the sick,and the Lord shall raise him up;and if he have committed sins,they shall be forgiven him,confess your faults one to another,and pray one for another,that ye may be healed. The effectual,fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. Pray the prayer of Faith,which is praying based on God’s word,which will manifest His will into your life,and only prayer warriors who study God’s word daily knows this. Be effective in your prayers,by studying the word of God,in order to know His will,which will guide you in your prayers.