WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
We Must Go Deeper!!!
Where do you stand in Jesus?
>Ankle-deep - Babes...on milk...standing on shore looking at others, carnal minded, those who are just splashing in baby-tub stagnant water barely getting their feet wet...enjoying the journey from the shoreline.
>Knee-deep-Have some growth but tend to compromise back and forth with with the world due to fear, when much of the ocean (The Word) is hidden to them. No depth in the Word...any strong wind can blow them away.
>Waist-deep- more committed, a place of strength, a place of increase (you decreasing and Christ increasing), a place of "I won't let go, until You bless me." a place of new identity (when you come to know who you are in Christ.)
>Over-Your-Head- Maturity, a place of fullness, a place of total absolute surrender, a place where Self is buried, a place of giving the Holy Spirit total & complete control...flowing with the Spirit, a place of submission, a place of Transformation, a place of BEing more like Christ...others see Him in you so easy... So translucently!
by Willie M. Tucker
SPEAK WORDS OF LIFE
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. PROVERBS 18: 21 NLT
Words are powerful and once spoken can never be erased. The words we speak affect other people for either good or bad and, according to the writer of Proverbs, can bring death or life.
We should strive to speak life-giving words to those around us, over our lives and those we love. Use your tongue to speak words of life to others and bring glory to JESUS' name. So think twice before you speak.
Learn to listen more!!!
Lonely spaces can be lovely spaces.
Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Yes I know its the semantics.
When we often think of the word lonely we think of aloneness, brokenness, lack, sorrow.
But what if it is our perception that defines whether a space is lonely or lovely in our lives.
What if we reframed it?
What if we turned that time when we're finding ourselves rationally into time when we draw closer to God
Just as Jesus did!
What if we viewed the season as a time of growth and an opportunity to pray and read and say yes to God?
God is with us. Jesus is with us. Always!
I believe when we draw into the loveliness of God's presence and find our security in Him then He is able to sustain us and fill our lives.
Time and Time again it says in Psalms - YOU are my portion. You fill me. You satisfy me. In YOU I find my security.
LONELY SPACES CAN BECOME LOVELY SPACES WHEN WE SHARE IT WITH JESUS.
Pray for each other.
Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger Prayer” to use as a guide when praying for others:• When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest to you—your loved ones (Phil. 1:3–5).• The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach—Bible teachers and preachers, and those who teach children (1 Thess. 5:25).• The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in authority over you—national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Tim. 2:1–2).• The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13–16).• Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in relation to God’s greatness. Ask Him to supply your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).Whatever method you use, just talk with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart.
Father, give me the wisdom to know how to pray for others.
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord; “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as the potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. Jeremiah 18:1-6
Have you ever watched a potter work, as Jeremiah did in today’s passage? It is amazing to see something lovely begin to take shape from a lump of clay. In this passage God was showing the prophet that the nation of Israel—as well as every person from the beginning of time—was to be shaped by His hand. We are all lumps of human clay waiting for the touch of the master Potter.
When a potter places the lump of clay on the wheel he already has a design in mind. The same is true of us—God has determined how He plans to work in our life and what part we are to play in building His kingdom. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:10
Each believer will be shaped differently to carry out the unique service God has in mind for him or her. But regardless of our special equipping, we all bear the unmistakable imprint of our Potter.
Have you ever looked around and wished you had the talents or abilities of someone else? We have been perfectly designed for the purposes God has for us, and He makes no mistakes. If we spend our time wishing for talents that do not suit God’s plan, or if we refuse to use the spiritual gifts He’s given us, we waste His effort and our opportunity to serve Him.
As we look forward to a new year, let’s focus on being more yielded to the plans and opportunities that God has made us for. He wants to pour out His blessings on us as we yield to Him in 2015.
Posted by Janet -encouraging.com