Precepts to Encouragement

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

 

 

When we offend or trouble someone when wanting to help them and it is not
appreciated or valued, it is very easy to question if we will ever see ourselves as
doing what is best for all.
Our fleshly selfish thinking can rob us of the attributes that are already ours listed
in Ephesians 1. Sometimes we must tear down before we can build up and give
from the abundance that we have been given. Our encouragement for today is
Who we are in Christ.

The Shepherd’s Voice

“The sheep hear His voice; and He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3

 

The Shepherd’s Voice brings assurance and security when we hear Him speak.
There are times in our walk where certain unknowns produce uncertain emotions
that confuse hearing. Fear will slip in and replace the sheep’s ability to listen to
the Shepherd.
Fear has many entanglements, and we get caught up in confusion, never realizing
fear has replaced faith. Today there is a way to keep this from happening. Let’s
prepare to repair the damage fear does when it controls our hearts.

The Encourager

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak be patient with all.” I Thessalonians 5:14

 

 

There are different ways of encouragement, some offering warmth and comfort.
Other opportunities may stretch our soul and emotions, however, it is necessary if
we are to have healthy growth in our walk with the Lord.
Today, come explore with us some different aspects of being an encourager!

I Am Loved

“With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Psalms 119: 10-11

 

How do you hide something in the heart? Romans 12 give us a clue – Renew your
mind in the mind of God – His word.
Why? Because only there can we find our purpose in life as we have been made
and how He wants to fashion us into being a part of His family. Our lives need to
be programmed for acts of being set apart serving while living here.
John 17 tells the purpose of our being a family in prayer between God the
Father and God the Son. Join us as we discuss their conversation.

The Good Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.” Psalms 23:1

 

 

Many times, when challenging circumstances are put in our path we immediately
seek some pain killers, change directions and try to escape. We are not ready to
learn a life lesson.
The Great Shepherd knows exactly what we need and how to provide the
solutions that bring relief to us and glory to His loving and faithful care. Life is not
all about us, but Psalms 23 greatly reveals to all the steadfast and everlasting love
the Father has for those sheep that are His. Can you identify with Him as your
Protector?

Christ’s Character

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

 

In the season we are living, having a powerful authority you can depend on for
wisdom, in walking through the waters of uncertainty every day, is a tremendous
gift to each one that wants to be a part of God’s family.
God is love and wants those desiring to accept His gift to also accept His purpose
in offering — “all that God is available every man, woman, boy, or girl that is
available to all that God is.”
Knowing His attributes and allowing the Scriptures to mold our thinking prepares
our minds to be transformed into Christ-like character, which is pleasing to the
Father. Let’s take a look at the riches of Christ’s character.

The Father’s Heart

“His divine power has given us ALL things that pertain to life” 2 Peter 1: 3-7 – the
goal is love.

 

 

What the world needs now is love sweet love so goes a song. Looking around and listening to news sources, social media comments and each other’s conversation, I think we all could agree. The problem appears to be we have established our own interpretation of love and our report cards, in most cases, reflect poor grades. Why, oh Why??
Examine the outline in verses 4-7 of 2 Peter chapter 1 and see what class you may need to enroll in to live life in love.

Trading the Old for New

“If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the Truth is in Jesus.” Ephesians 4:21

 

How we live is determined by what we believe. If Truth is in Jesus, then why do
we have such corruption in our lives? Why do the daily struggles far out way the
confident victories that are said to be ours?”
There is a saying, “There must be a cross before there can be a crown.” The cross
we need to embrace includes giving up our plans for the greater plans of the
Savior, bringing our opinions, priorities and thoughts into alignment with the
bigger picture and knowing what that picture is.
The Bible has not left us overwhelm as to how this is to be accomplished. There
are really no excuses for believing a lie as truth when Jesus is our Truth. Study
with us today as we see the provisions we have in exchanging the old for the new.

On the Road To Emmaus

“Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38

 

 

As followers of the Lord Jesus and trusting Him, we find our faith can be tested
and even perplexed at times with uncertainly. The Lord knows these times will
occur and gave us an example of His caring for two of his learners after
experiencing the death and burial of their King. What had gone wrong?
Walk with us today as we talk the wonders of how God is always willing and
wanting us to see the larger picture of His master plan. It is not always plain and
simple from our viewpoint. A true account of knowing why the resurrected life of
Jesus Christ is essential in our living here and now.

Beliefs Revealed

“Believe In your heart that God has raised Him (Jesus) from the dead and you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

 

Beliefs are vital to a person in establishing who they are and this passage is
dealing with the belief of WHO God is. We have blended our beliefs with the
cultural and secular world mixing percepts and concepts that will never work
together. It is like oil and water. Oil is lighter and floats to the top. Likewise, we
enjoy the light and easy ways of blended thinking, rather than searching out what
is really necessary for godly living
Today we examine how to aright what is wrong in our thinking so in everything
we do we may be pleasing in God’s sight. For the person still searching find the
foundation that offers a solid and fixed way of understanding.

Walk in Victory

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with HIM” and likewise, you also, reckon
yourselves to be dead indeed to sin.” Romans 6: 6-11

 

 

There is a marvelous guide in knowing how to walk step by step in Romans 6. We will peel back the principles of our position that can show us how to walk in victory. It is easy to know, but hard to “grow.” Self will keep on sinning if we keep on offending. Don’t waste your sorrows!

Purpose of Heart

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them
out.” Proverbs 20:5

 

We know out of the heart proceed all the issues of life, but how does that relate to a heart purpose? Does the heart plan on good or evil? What influences the heart in revealing what is the priority on which the heart thinks? In the physical world a heart not working right brings trouble to all the body and a heart out of balance will also trouble our mind, will, and emotions. Take time out today to consider matters of the heart.

Exercising of Faith

“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their SENSES exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14

 

 

We are given natural senses at birth and they can be the gates where we allow
the world to invade our inner person. What we see, hear, feel, touch, and smell
influence who we are. Likewise, we are also given spiritual senses that are used
properly to affect our ability to discern and walk by faith.
Learn how people who walked by sight discovered how to discern the difference
between facts and feelings forming lives that are governed by faith.

Tearing Down Defenses

“All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits.” Proverbs 16:2

 

We think we have our lives under control from our perspective and need no other
help. A few bumps here and there, coping but never soaring, and often wanting to
hibernate to escape living with everyday life.
Whether it is relationships of being ignored, hassled, or living with the results of
our own poor choices, we find a way to survive. We keep everything on the
surface but never dig down to the root of the problem.
Today we acquaint ourselves with some less obvious defenses while hoping to
find a place to land that brings peace. There is a solution!

By Faith Not Sight

“Thomas, believe because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

 

 

Is what is really real only what you can see and feel? If we are told to walk by
faith, how do we have our eyes open to “see” the unseen as real as the seen? Can
my head knowledge be enough or does seeing include the heart?
These questions lead to an interesting conversation on what is entailed in our
lives to encourage us to learn the “faith walk.