Faith

Christian Encouragement


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When life throws a curve ball in our direction, we instinctively call on God for help. But sometimes our most difficult moments can become doorways to a deeper relationship with Him.

Psalm 86: 6-7, “Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my distress, I will call upon You, because you will answer me.”

Christian Encouragement


Do not panic when you lose your bearings in life. Trust your heavenly Father instead. He gives us His Word that we can use as our compass to get us back on track.

Psalm 119:105, Your Word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.

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Christian Encouragement


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The Christian life is a journey laden with challenges as well as opportunities. But, whatever your circumstance, face it with confidence because your heavenly Father has promised you His never-failing presence.

Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

The Nagging Thorn


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Everybody has at least one nagging thorn that keeps digging into your flesh. And you are longing to have it go away. But every time you petitioned your heavenly Father to remove it, your prayer seems to go unanswered.

Still yet, the thorn you carry around may be there to help remind you of who you are now and who you were before you met Christ.

Paul, the beloved and great apostle had a thorn that lingered throughout his Christian life. Here is what he wrote in his second Epistle to the Corinthians 12:7-9.

“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Christian Encouragement


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What is the best gift we can give God today? In gratitude, humility, and love we can give our hearts, minds, and will entirely to Him.
Romans 12:1: “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

 

Christian Encouragement


Just like our parents whose arms are a safe retreat from danger, God’s comforting presence protects us from life’s emotional storms. The Bible says “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge,” Psalm 91:4

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Do you Interrogate God When Things Go Wrong?


Regardless of what anybody says; the holier than thou and the not so religious, we (Christians) question God more often than we are willing to admit. Unlike non-Christians, many of whom doubt the existence of God, especially after a natural disaster, or some other senseless tragedies that captivate the heart of the country; Christians tend to question God if we think He did not answer our prayers soon enough. But God doesn’t work in our time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says: God made everything beautiful in His time.

Believe that prayer works

Consequently, when you pray, you must believe. “For you walk by faith, and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Yet, lack of faith seems the principal reason why we think God hasn’t answered our prayers. Often time the breakthrough that we seek is within our grasp, but we need faith to claim it.

Prayer can move a mountain

The woman with the issue of blood had a mountain size problem, but she also had extraordinary faith, which she exercises to achieve her desired outcome. She was one hundred percent sure if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be made whole.
Another person who exercised extraordinary faith was the Centurion. One of his best servants was dying, so he requested Jesus to come and heal the servant. But while Jesus was on His way, the Centurion had a change of heart. He did not think he was worthy to have Jesus come under his roof. So, he sent friends to intercept Jesus with this message:

“Lord do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Hence, I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed” (Mark 7:6-7). Jesus later commented, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
Throughout His ministry, Jesus emphasized faith. In fact–in one of His discourses with His disciples, He said the following, “Whatever your heart desire, pray, and when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them” (Mark 11:24).