Note to Self

I have no excuses to offer; only an apology and a request to forgive me to those who chose to follow me and to those who viewed my blog but I was not here to extend the encouragement that I was assigned to give. The following “notes” are for myself, reminders and encouragement of the love of a faithful God and what I must do to live holy and abundantly in Him  …. TRUST HIM. I pray someone else will find encouragement in them as well.

 

Trust God and Believe     Trust In The Lord

Thank God For What You Have    If You Are Praying

It’s all about the establishment of total trust in a God that always listens, always answers, always keeps His promises and never fails.

~ Be Encouraged, You Are Loved

Laura

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Let Your Prayer Exalt God

When David was in his greatest distress, in this Psalm it is when Saul is pursuing him to kill him; he did not pray and seek out his own petition for rescue. Instead he prayed to God to glorify himself and his own great name.

“Whatever becomes of me and my interest, be thou exalted, O God! above the heavens, be thou praised by the holy angels, those glorious inhabitants of the upper world; and let thy glory be above or over all the earth; let all the inhabitants of this earth be brought to know and praise thee.” Psalm 57:5

If God’s glory lies nearer our own hearts, shouldn’t we be more concerned for it, than for any interests of our own? Like David,  we face distress, struggles and uncertainties in our own lives, should our first inclination be to pray that the Lord will exalt us above all those trials that lie before us?

When the Son of David’s soul was troubled as he faced eminent crucifixion and death and he prayed, “Father, save me from this hour,” he immediately withdrew that petition, and presented instead “For this cause came I to this hour; Father, glorify thy name,” John 12:27.

Be Exalted O GodOur best encouragement in prayer is taken from the glory of God. The first petition in the Lord’s prayer sets the standard and directs all the rest, “Father in heaven, hallowed by thy name.” Luke 11:2.

When we glorify the Father, He will extend His glory to us and respond favorably to our petitions.

I pray that God’s glory will extend grace, love and mercy to you until we meet here again.

Be Encouraged, You Are Loved

~ Laura

 

Praying In Jesus’ Name

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Shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus told His disciples to pray in his name – to make their petitions according to His will. By praying in this manner, “The Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.” [John 15:16]. There is power attached to praying in Jesus’ Name

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We are afforded a privilege to approach God through prayer because of our relationship with Jesus. At our “moment” of salvation, we went from being “being foreigners and aliens to being children of God.” [Ephesians 2:19]. Now God hears our prayers because of the redemptive work of Jesus.

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Praying in Jesus’ Name give us an immediate audience in God’s presence. This was reflected in the temple, when the veil that restricted us from the Holy of Holies, was torn from top to bottom [Mark 15:38] symbolizing access to God is now available to all who believe. Now, we have the right, the privilege, the honor to talk directly to God without human intercession.

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Isn’t that awesome? God hears the lowly, heartfelt, maybe-not-so-eloquent prayers of even me….I am humbled every time at having such a privilege. Image

I encourage you you approach the throne of grace with BOLDNESS, to use the POWER you have in JESUS’ NAME to pray with CONFIDENCE knowing and believing that THE FATHER hears your prayers when you pray in HIS WILL and He will answer.

~ Be Encouraged, You Are Loved

Laura

I encourage you to walk into the new year with boldness. Move forward in your God-given authority. Persevere in your calling.  Trust God and have faith that He will be with you throughout the new year as He has been in years past.

**HAPPY NEW YEAR**

Happy New Year

Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved

~ Laura

RECONCILED TO GOD THROUGH CHRIST

 

ChristmasGod’s Word tells us: “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.” [2 Corinthians 5:17-18a NLT]

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Isn’t it awesome to know that when we commit a sin – no matter how heinous or seemingly unforgiveable – that God is not waiting to strike us down with lightning or shake His finger at and berate us? Instead He is there to welcome us back like in the parable of the prodigal son or welcome us when we receive His gift of salvation.

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The Bible says all of us were dead in our sins [Ephesians 2:4 & 5]. Although “all things were created by him, and for him:” [Colossians 1:16], we all sinned and forfeited the relationship we had with Him in the Garden of Eden. God didn’t give up on us because of that. Instead, He gave us Christmas. He gave the world the ultimate gift … He gave us Jesus.

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King Size BedWhen we accept His gift, we are reconciled back to Him. Isn’t that reason to pause during this auspicious time of celebration? Isn’t it cause to shout praise and give thanks to God every day of the year and not just at Christmas?

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It’s a good time to read, or re-read, the Christmas Story [Matthew 2:1-23, Luke 2:1-38] – as part of your Christmas celebration. Try to imagine all the magic and wonder and awe surrounding the birth of our Savior. The world of believers were seeing and experiencing the Coming of the King that would save them from their transgressions. We can see and experience that wonder now, we can be freed from the slavery of sin and one day be caught up in the Second Coming of the King.

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Christmas BeginsIsn’t Christmas the [visual] beginning of the sovereign gift of God to us – the birth of His only begotten Son?

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I pray that your family experiences an awesome expression of God’s love during your Christmas celebration and that your hearts and homes are filled with the Spirit’s peace and joy to the fullest!

Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved!

~ Laura

 

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O LORD, Be Gracious

OH LORDO Lord Be Gracious

*BE GRACIOUS TO US*

Believers are to call on the name of the Lord every morning that he will be gracious to us, that we will be renewed and invigorated in our spirits for the day. We call on His merciful kindness whereby God exerts his holy influence upon us, turns us toward Christ; keeps, strengthens and increases us in Christian faith, knowledge and affection. While God is Holy, Sovereign, Omniscient and Omnipresent, He is a loving Father too. He pours His love out to His children in ways that only He can. He favors us, is benevolent and merciful to us. He wants to bless us, give us the abundant life He promised. He is standing at the door with open arms waiting to bestow His grace on us …. all of the time, every where, for anyone.

*WE LONG FOR YOU*

Our hearts should long for the Lord. We should seek after and desire to be in His presence and desire that He is ever-present in our lives. I know that God is omnipresent, what I mean is [an example] … when I am struggling with a life decision, or it is hard to deal with some people or the job is getting to me … whatever it is, I call on the name of the Lord and tell Him that I need him at that very moment. I pray for His presence that I may actually know He is there. There have been times that I would feel a presence, an aura around me; I would almost surely feel a touch on my shoulder or the small of my back. It is so reassuring that I immediately know that it is God. Are there any witnesses out there?

*BE OUR STRENGTH EVERY MORNING*

We pray such a prayer as Isaiah 33:2 because we know our own strength is not sufficient, neither can we bring anything to pass; only God strengthens us [Genesis 49:24], for He himself is our arm of strength. So we should depend on the strength of His arm every morning,  we must commit ourselves to Him and move forward in His power to get through day and do the work that we have been called to do. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 God says: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore [we should] boast all the more gladly about [our] weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on [us]. Seek the Lord grace every day, trust in His will and the power of his might, call on, trust, depend and wait on Him and He will give you what you need to live. He will equip you to do the work for which you have been called. He will be your strength.

*OUR SALVATION IN TIME OF DISTRESS*

Believers should not be shocked, surprised or amazed at the atrocities, devastation and evil that is going on around them. One has only to read the newspaper or listen to the radio to find out the “horrors” of the day. People killing strangers in schools, in malls, in places of employment; tycoons and moguls lying to and stealing peoples’ life savings; hatred and bigotry being spewed against the leader of our country and from under nationally recognized hate groups. It really disturbs me that a country that was supposedly founded on Christian beliefs has resorted to such unchristian behavior. But, it’s like I mentioned earlier, we should not be [and I am not] shocked at these things. They hurt us, yes; they may even cause concern for the safety of our families. Again, when we call on the Lord in time of distress, the Lord our God is our salvation. He comes to the aid of His  children. He is our ever-present help in time of trouble.

Praying always that God’s Grace abounds in your lives.

Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved

~ Laura

Whatsoever Things Are …. Philippians 4:8

In the Bible and in our lives we are instructed in the importance of keeping a good name. Proverbs 22:1 states that: “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” Likewise, Ecclesiastes 7:1 states: “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.”

We are urged, advised, cautioned earnestly and admonished urgently to keep a good name, a name for good things with God and with men. The Bible gives clear instruction on how we can do that. For instance …

Philippians 4:8 says:

Whatsoever Things Are“WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE AND HONEST”  – It entreats us to regard what we say in truth and use decency in our behavior toward everyone. After all, we are the beacons that reflect the light of Jesus in a dark world. When people look at what we say or what we do, they should see an aura about us that reflects love, acceptance, compassion, help, forgiveness—all characteristics of Jesus.

”WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE JUST AND PURE” – Indicates that we are to be agreeable to the rules of justice and use [what I call] righteous fairness in all of our business or other dealings with men, and to do them without the impurity of sin.

“WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY AND OF GOOD REPORT”  – Meaning to have or show agreeable personal qualities, to be pleasant, amiable. Again this character reflects Jesus and will make us well spoken of and thought of by others. However, we should not put on a façade to gain attention to ourselves. It gives us credibility when we witness or speak of the love and forgiveness of God.

“IF THERE BE ANY VIRTUE, IF THERE BE ANY PRAISE” –  We should imitate what is truly excellent among other Believers and not be ashamed to learn from them. The road to Spiritual Maturity is a growth process. Virtue has its praise because when we are virtuous, praise is exuded to the One who gives it. So we should walk in all the ways of virtue our whole life; and then, whether “…praise be of men or no, it will be of God” Rom. 2:29d.

Paul uses himself as an example in  Philippians. 4:9: Those things which you have learned, and received, and heard and seen in me, do. What was seen in Paul was the same thing that they heard from him. His life and how he lived for Christ was in one accord.  It says a great deal about and gives a powerful influence to what we say to others because it attracts and stimulates in others what they have seen in us. And isn’t that the way to have the God of peace with us? … by remaining steadfast in our allegiance to him?

So, my friends, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, are lovely and of a good report, has virtue and praise …. think on them, live them …. then you will share the “good name” of your Heavenly Father.

 Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved

~ Laura