May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Life is tough. There are never ending problems everywhere. There is pain. There is suffering. There is violence, hatred, sickness, death and sin. When a person looks at the world, there does not appear to be any hope.
People all around the world are committing suicide because of the loss of hope and the amount of pain they are in. All types of drugs are used by people to help cope with all the pain that they are going through, both physical and emotional. Doctor’s prescribe many different types of drugs to people to help them calm their nerves and be able to deal with life.
Fear runs rampant among people. Fear of the government, fear of other people. Fear of death or sickness. Fear of the unknown.
Even in the church, there runs a level of fear. People fear that they are not good enough for God and will not be allowed into heaven in the end. They fear that God has not forgiven them.
Yet, God does not work with fear, He works with love and grace. God is there to encourage a person and give Him real hope and strength to make it. Believers have a hope of a better life, one that will be found in eternity. This can encourage a believer to stay strong and true to God’s word, despite what this world looks and acts like.
God, in His great love and grace, is giving every believer strength to do what needs to be done, to do the good works He has called every believer to do. He is giving strength to overcome sin and be His witness in this world, and to look past the momentary and painful sufferings of this world.
Take a look at what God has given you. Take a look at what God has promised you. Be encouraged and rely upon His strength to keep moving forward in His ways, to do good and be His witness.
Know that some day you will inherit eternal life in heaven. All that you are going through today will be worth it when you step into eternity with God.
Be encouraged and strengthened today.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the salvation He is giving you; that you will know God’s love and grace to you; that God will strengthen you; and that God will encourage you to keep going in Jesus.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there reading this!
All mothers are very hardworking. One group of mothers that many people overlook and see as not working that hard are homeschool moms.
Many in the workforce see homeschool mothers as ones who do not really work and just sit around all day at home. While looking at homeschool moms from the outside, it may appear that they do not do that much, but it is not true.
My wife is a homeschool mom, so I can attest to the fact of all the hard work that she puts in on regular basis.
On Facebook I am a part of a group called Celebrating Homeschool Moms. They will be doing a Facebook Live set of videos this week celebrating and encouraging moms. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes in length and at different times each day.
I have been asked to be a guest speaker at doing one of these videos. I will be speaking on Power In Suffering. This will be on Thursday, May 18th, at 8:30 CT. I want to invite you to be a part of watching this video. It will give you a chance to see and hear the man behind this blog.
Please let any homeschool moms you know, know about these Facebook Live videos.
This is something new for me to do and ask for your prayers that many mom’s lives will be touched and encouraged in the Lord when watching mine and the other’s videos. Pray that I will be able to clearly state what God has placed on my heart to speak.
You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, Psalm 10:17
David started off this Psalm wondering why God was standing a long ways off. He felt that he was all alone. By the time he gets to the end of the Psalm, David knows that God is listening to all who are going through trouble. God reaches down and encourages them and hears what they have to say.
Every person on this earth has had troubles and challenges in life. Some have greater challenges than others, but all have them. It does not matter whether the trouble one is going through is a terminal illness, or a temporary illness, a loss of a job, divorce, or someone being cruel physically or with words, troubles are everywhere.
As people go through hard times, many will cry out to God for help and relief. When they cry out to God and do not get instant results, many will wonder where God is or if He is even listening to them.
Throughout the entire Bible, one of the messages God repeats consistently is that He is with His people. He hears their cries. God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. A few thousand years later, Jesus told the disciples that He would always be with them.
Those lines have never changed. God is still with you to this day. He hears your every cry.
The way to be encouraged is looking back at how God has been with every believer. Read the entire Bible and see how God met the needs of many different people, of all walks of life.
Do not forget to read the end of the Bible in Revelation. In the end Jesus will return and take all of His children home to live in heaven for eternity.
If you continue to believe in God and serve Him, you will win in the end. It does not matter the troubles you are going through today. Be encouraged with the knowledge that God is with you and will win the battle.
The old hymnal song says, “it will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.” Be encouraged today, God is listening to your cries. You are not alone.
I pray today that you will know that God is listening to you; that you will know that you will win with God in the end; that God bring you relief from your troubles; and that God will strengthen you through your troubles in this life.
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13
The author of Hebrews had just stated that a believer must not harden his heart like the Jews did in the wilderness. Now with that warning, he tells the believers to encourage each other so that their hearts do not get hardened.
What does he mean to encourage each other? It is to encourage each other to continue to serve God, to believe in Jesus. It is to encourage each other to continue to turn away from sinful ways.
When a person is running a long distance race, he often will need encouragement to continue to the end. There will be stretches that are difficult and may cause the runner to stop. There will be times when there will be a severe pain in the side causing him to want to stop the race. If there are people on the side of him encouraging him to keep going, he most likely will. The encouragement gives that extra boost to keep going correctly.
In life there will be many challenges you must face as a believer. The challenges of just life, nothing directly against God, such as paying the bills on time. These challenges have sometimes been so great that a believer stops trusting God because nothing is going right. This is where another believer must step up and encourage him to keep going.
There are also times when you or a friend may be facing temptations to go the wrong direction or do the wrong thing. This is where you must step up and encourage him or be encouraged to do the right thing.
This is not condemning the person, pointing out his wrongs, but encouraging to follow Jesus. Show love and Jesus to the person. This will encourage him to stay with and follow Jesus.
When encouraged like this, it will keep the heart from being hardened. It will keep you from falling into sinful practice. Keep your heart soft towards Jesus. Encourage others to keep their hearts soft towards Jesus.
Every day talk about Jesus and His Words. Continue to sing songs of praise around others. This will keep your heart and the hearts of others focused on Jesus.
I pray today that you will be encouraged to continue to follow Jesus; that you will be an encouragement to others for Jesus; that you will keep your heart soft for Jesus; and that you will not be caught up in sin’s deceitfulness.