SHARING THOUGHTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT:
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:
Allow words of the Psalmist to strengthen your heart:
I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel…
I have set the Lord always before me…
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices… (Psalms 16:7-11)
You will show me the path of life…
Uphold my steps in your paths…
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings… (Psalm 17:5-8)
Fear: is quiet, it creeps in upon you and whispers in your ear; “You’re worthless,” “You don’t even try,” “Go ahead, give up, you’ll fail anyway.” But God does not see you in that way for the scripture reminds us this way, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (2Timothy:1:7; NKJV).”
Fear can be paralyzing, fear of making mistakes keeps you stuck in the same place; be encouraged friends, it is okay to make a mistake, those very mistakes helps free you to keep trying, keep moving forward. What has happened too many of you is that you’ve lived in the shadow of fear for so long until you find yourselves with lack of vision for a different and better future. Why not step out in faith knowing that God has great plans for you?
When you see things in the natural, you fail to grasp Gods’ eternal perspective or plan for your life. Moments of darkness may seem endless, but it is laboring through the dark and lonely places you are able to see beyond self; therefore, continuing to move forward in your purpose for which you have been created. Ask God to show you the way, as the scriptures reminds us; “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
PRAYER: You may ask yourself, “How do I get through this when I see no way out?” Take a moment and reflect on the silence, focus your thoughts on the presence of God who lives in you and surrounds you with a great wall of protection, your barrier. Seek him in honest prayer, to do so, requires making commitment; pray without ceasing, your breakthrough lies within your next partition.
Jesus says when you pray “… go into your room…and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly…and in this manner, therefore pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hollowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.
Amen.” (Matthew 6:6, 9-13; NKJV)
So if you are in search of your blessing you must take a step forward in order to initiate it. The process; Go to God in prayer, place the facts or situation in an organized manner at the feet of Jesus; ask in faith, believing that your request will be answered. Everything you seek in the name of Jesus is already arranged and planned by God, according to his purpose, but you must be open and centered to receive what is already yours, God never disappoints his children when they trust him, this is your season to be blessed and highly favored.