Someday we will finish our race of life. It could be today. I need to live today as though I will die tomorrow. I need to live for God with every breath and every thought.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall… Continue reading Help! I need somebody, not just anybody… (Day 25 of the #encourage marathon)
While I was driving with a highway patrolmen, he would spot things way up ahead and make a maneuver that made no immediate sense to me. It always turned out to be a wise maneuver. He was adept at making turns at higher speeds without sudden braking and he could wheedle his way through traffic without incident---all because he was trained to drive with a higher focus. Don't look back on life with rose-colored glasses; look ahead with a high visual horizon.
Someone out there is discouraged. It might even be you.
Do you ever yell at people in movies, even if it's just in your head? "Don't leave your weapon on the ground!" Or "What are you thinking going into that place alone? You need backup!" It's almost like the person in the movie has lost common sense. Anybody with two eyes can spot the danger. These scenes are suspense winders, designed to heighten your sense of anticipation so that you will jump at the right moment. As Christians, we have 5 things we absolutely need to use everyday. Unfortunately, there are times we cast one aside or simply forget them---to our peril.
"The only easy day was yesterday." - US Navy Seals. When a soldier prepares for battle, he or she "suits up." They go through a process (usually the same process they've established each time) of putting each piece of gear in place---Undershirt, uniform shirt, pants, duty belt/gear belt, boots, bullet-proof vest, ammunition, helmet, and weapon(s). This process of preparation is vital, as each battle brings different challenges. A soldier must be in constant readiness.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the… Continue reading Be Strong (Day 19 of the #encourage marathon)
Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says… Continue reading Hope is rising (Day 18 of the #encourage marathon)
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. ~ Romans 15.4, ESV Welcome to mile-marker 17 of our #encourage marathon. (If you missed yesterday's post, you can read it here.) Someone out there has a starving soul. It might even… Continue reading What would you do without your Bible? (day 17 of the #encourage marathon)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and… Continue reading 3 Qualities We Gain Through Challenges (Day 15 of the #encourage marathon)