Encouragement for Life

Prayers of Praise

Prayers

Sometimes we are so overjoyed by God’s goodness that we break forth in praise! If prayer is simply communing with God, and praise is a way of voicing our thanks to Him, then prayer and praise go hand in hand. That’s what happened with Moses!

Moses’ first recorded outbreak of praise came early in the escape and exodus of God’s people. Within a few days of leaving Egypt, things looked pretty bleak. Pharaoh had heard that the Israelites were wandering in the desert. His heart was hardened toward them. And he went after what he thought was a bewildered group lost in the desert (Exodus 14:3).

And there God’s people were! One day they were on the verge of extinction, trapped by the sea before them and by Pharaoh’s advancing army pursuing them from behind. But by the next morning, God had completely destroyed Pharaoh’s forces, powerfully and miraculously drowning them in the sea (verses 5-31).

God’s chosen people had every reason to rejoice—and rejoice they did, heartily and mightily. Our prayers, too, should include praise and thanksgiving. Like Moses, we also have much to be thankful for. Moses said it well: “He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen” (Deuteronomy 10:21).

Drawn from Knowing God Through Prayer by Jim George, in which he shares the keys to meaningful communion with God. We could all benefit from some guidance on how to pray with more fervor and faithfulness. And there are no better prayer mentors than the men and women of the Bible. They talked with God and touched His heart. Get to know them through this great resource!

Living for Jesus

Living

Jesus expects you to live for Him. The Christian faith isn’t about dying—it’s about living! If Jesus is your Savior, you are no longer alone, for He now lives in you. He is your power for living and your hope for the future. His Spirit in you empowers you moment by moment to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Jesus told His disciples that if they loved Him, they would keep His commandments.

Living for Jesus means you willingly choose to follow His commands. Where do you find those commands? Read through the Gospels on a regular basis. Take note of what Jesus said about living for God. Read about how Jesus responded to the pressures of daily life. In His Word, the Bible, Jesus has provided help for you to live the Christian life. It will guide you like a lamp shining in the darkest of nights.

Living for Jesus requires a willful effort on your part, and all the resources you need are available to you. Are you ready for the challenge?

Drawn from The 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible by Jim George. This helpful resource highlights key teachings every believer should know. With great clarity and simplicity, this book focuses on the most essential elements of the faith that’ll strengthen and encourage you!

Rest in the Provision of God

Rest

“I’d feel so much better if I knew the plan. I’d rest if I knew exactly what God had in mind for my life.”

How well do you manage when it comes to trusting God? Do you rest in Him to take care of your need for food and clothing? Or do you live in fear that perhaps He won’t? Do you trust God to supply instruction, encouragement, protection, love, and friendship? Or do you fret about some perceived inability on God’s part to care for you?

Psalm 23:1 begins with “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” When God oversees your days and nights, you will not be in need of anything. If you’re single, God will provide. If you’re childless, God will provide. If you’re a widow, God will provide. Trust in Him. Relax in Him. Rest in HIm. And enjoy the sweet rest that faith provides.

Lord, when I’m scared, tired, worried, or feeling aimless,
I know that You care about me and every aspect of my life.
You keep watch over Your flock night and day.
You are my shepherd.
I will never be in need.

Drawn from A Woman’s Daily Walk with God by Elizabeth George. This devotional is filled with practical wisdom and encouragement, sure to bring direction and stability to your day. These daily reminders will help you draw near to the Lord so that you find the strength, peace, and confidence you need for both the everyday moments and bigger challenges of life.

Expressing Your Commitment to God

commitment

From the start of Abraham’s journey with God and throughout his life, Abraham built altars as he moved through the land God promised to him. He offered sacrifices on those altars and prayed to God (Genesis 12:8 and 13:4). Those altars of worship, set up in the midst of a pagan world, served as a public witness to Abraham’s commitment to the one true God.

Today prayer testifies to our faith in God. Building an altar and praying were to Abraham what “giving a blessing” over our food in a busy restaurant represents for us today. Everyone sees you pray! By this one act you make a statement: “I owe my food—and my life—to the providence and provision of God. I am one of His people. And I am acknowledging my dependence on Him, even down to the very food I eat.”

Have you publicly shown your devotion to God today?

Drawn from Knowing God Through Prayer by Jim George, in which he shares the keys to meaningful communion with God. We could all benefit from some guidance on how to pray with more fervor and faithfulness. And there are no better prayer mentors than the men and women of the Bible. They talked with God and touched His heart. Get to know them through this great resource!

Serve the Lord with All Diligence

diligence

Today—and each day—is a gift of grace from God to you! In God’s Word I learned His plan and His path for my life as a woman, wife, mom, and a servant in the church. Then, as I continued to read daily in Proverbs, I soon discovered that diligence—along with a lack of diligence—is a major theme in not only Proverbs, but throughout the Bible.

Being diligent should not be seen as a duty, but as a delight. Diligence comes from within and reveals our true character. And you can count on it—sometimes you will get a little down or tired. When this happens, lift up your soul and pray. Keep your heart tuned in to God’s Word. Rehearse His promises to you. Remember what a mess your life was when you had no direction, no purpose, no love to give to others. Recall the day of your salvation, and rejoice in what God is accomplishing in you as He transforms you into the image of His dear Son. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and count on His power and grace to assist you to diligently do His will today.

“A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest,”

then your poverty will come as a robber

and your want like an armed man.

Proverbs 24:33-34

Drawn from Proverbs for a Woman’s Day, in which Elizabeth George takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart. Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom through this book!

Rest for the Weary

Rest

How can we find help for dealing with the hectic pace of life? This powerful promise provides the answer: Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

What was it that moved Jesus to reach out and make this reassuring statement? A quick answer is that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day placed so many rules on the people. Their “religion” had caused them to be “weary and heavy-laden.” The people were weary from all of the rules and regulations that were impossible to fulfill. In short, they were worn out. Pleasing God seemed hopeless.

Enter Jesus! His summons was to come participate in the promise of rest…which only He can give. In contrast to the religious leaders, Jesus offered mankind God’s original design for rest to “all who are weary and heavy-laden.” His rest included perfect fellowship and harmony with God. But there was one condition—God’s offer of rest could become a reality only if and when the people heeded Jesus’ invitation to “Come to Me.”

Jesus’ offer of the gift of rest and refreshment is extended to you as well. And God promises spiritual rest. His rest provides freedom from guilt over sin, deliverance from fear and despair, continued guidance and help from the Holy Spirit, and ultimate eternal rest. So there is no reason for you to continue to be “weary and heavy-laden” when you heed Christ’s call to “Come to Me.” In Christ you will find relief and refreshment, and God’s gift of rest.

Drawn from What God Wants to Do for You by Jim George. This wonderful resource shares 24 sure promises from the Bible tailored perfectly to our needs that show just how much God loves us.

Made Perfect in Weakness

Perfect

God has stated, promised, and demonstrated that you are valuable to Him. He created you. He sovereignly cares for you. And He reinforces your worth as you stay close to His Son and your Savior.

So what can you do to help remember your worth in Christ?

  • Thank God…that He created you exactly the way you are. It’s a fact: You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)…and God never makes a mistake!
  • List…whatever limitations you think you have. Then thank God for each one of them. Your limitations force you to trust God. If God chooses not to remove your limitations, He promises to increase your strength to bear them: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).
  • Determine…if there are steps you can take to minimize, improve, or eliminate your limitations. Do you need more schooling? Do you need to shed a few pounds? Would it be beneficial for you to learn how to have better communication or organizational skills?
  • Realize…that any and all limitations are for your good (Romans 8:28) and God’s glory.

Drawn from What God Wants to Do for You by Jim George.  In this wonderful resource, Jim shares 24 sure promises from the Bible tailored perfectly to our needs that show just how much God loves us.

 

 

God’s Promise of Peace

Peace

Peace! A heart at rest. Serenity. This is what the whole world is looking for, isn’t it? The worldly kind of peace is defined as life without conflict. But the peace of God is vastly different. It is tranquility … in any, all, and every circumstance. And it’s something God extends to you.

As a child of God, you don’t have to go looking for peace. You already have God’s powerful promise of His provision. Jesus offers you serenity—His peace. He says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.” (John 14:27) Yes, Jesus is offering you His rest—the peace of God, but you must accept the offer and apply it or use it.

Where is your faith? Where is your trust? If you are anxious about anything—a job or the lack of one, your children or the lack of them, your future, your health, the many cares of this world, give those unsettling issues over to God. Trust in His ability to help. Then enjoy and experience God’s promise of calming peace.

Oh, what a difference that will make!

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things,
and the God of peace will be with you.”
(Philippians 4:8-9)

Drawn from What God Wants to Do for You by Jim George. This wonderful resource shares 24 sure promises from the Bible tailored perfectly to our needs that show just how much God loves us.

Becoming a True Friend

Friend

What are the marks of a true friend? Do you have them? Let’s take a look at five steps you can take to becoming one.

A good friend is … 

  • Forgetful—God has forgiven our sin and will remember it no more, and we are to do the same with our friends.
  • Loyal—… and truehearted, and steady as a rock. During adversity a real friend is present, praying, caring, helping, calling, crying, providing whatever is needed.
  • Not shallow—Real friends pray together and for one another. They share spiritual truths and encourage each other’s spiritual growth.
  • Someone you can trust—… to protect confidences. Keep this Spanish proverb in mind: “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”
  • An adviser—… who braces, steadies, and sharpens her friends, pulling them up—up toward God, up in godliness, up in character, up in ministry and service to others.

And as Proverbs 17:17 sums it up, “A friend loves at all times.”

Drawn from Proverbs for a Woman’s Day by Elizabeth George. Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. In this book, Elizabeth takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, including friendship!

Do You Complain … or Pray?

Complain

Once Moses received his commission from God to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, he brought his burdens and problems to God. He continually took his issues with Pharaoh to the Lord. And in every case, God gave him answers. Then in the wilderness, on the many occasions when the people disobeyed God, Moses sought no other solace than that which God offered. He repeatedly came before the Lord and asked for strength to properly lead God’s people.

Unlike Moses, we are often tempted to tell our best friends—or anyone who will listen—about our woes. We talk about how badly others are treating us, how awful things are, about each and every problem we’re facing. We choose to take our problems to others instead of taking them to God.

Like Moses, choose to pray. Take your burdens directly to the Lord. Ask for His help and guidance. Seek His wisdom and solutions. As God instructed in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

We could all benefit from some guidance on how to pray with more fervor and faithfulness. And there are no better prayer mentors than the men and women of the Bible who talked with God and touched His heart. Join bestselling author Jim George as he shares the keys to meaningful communion with God in Knowing God Through Prayer

 

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