The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD 7

Today will be our last look at The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD.  I hope that you have been encouraged by these blog posts.  I know I enjoyed writing them.  It was a help and encouragement to me for sure.

The 7-Ups of Encouraging Yourself In The LORD – Lift Up!

I heard a preacher the other evening telling of someone that wanted to take their own life.  They told him that they did not know why they were here on earth.  Well, I can tell you why you are here.

Look at Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Right there is your answer.  We were and are created to bring God pleasure.

Part of that is to worship Him.  I like to describe the word worship by pronouncing it “worth-ship”.  When we worship God we ascribe worth to Him.  We show Him that we love Him and that He means something to us.  We put a “worth” on Him.  There are many ways to worship God.  Not all of them involve going to Church either.  You need to be a faithful member of a Bible-believing Church; but, worship occurs other places too.

We need to honor God by obeying Him.  Living the Christian life is not easy; but, it is not impossible either.  When we are indwelled and empowered by the Holy Ghost of the Living God then this becomes easier to us.  It becomes more of who we are than what we do.

No matter what we are doing we need to lift up Jesus.  If we lift Him up others will be drawn to Him.

So, how are you doing/

A Gift From God 7

I heard about country singer Luke Bryan taking in his nephew after Bryan’s brother-in-law passed away.  A friend responded to the story with this (there is also a link in his comment to the story) “This is the kind of thing I wish dispatchers could read to people who call 911 to say they want to commit suicide because they have a tough life.   http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/02/05/gods-plan-country-music-star-is-raising-his-nephew-after-brother-in-laws-sudden-death/

My mind began to run after this e-mail exchange.  I have had to privilege of saving a man’s life who was suicidal once.  I was chastised by my peers because I did not hand the call off to the jurisdiction that he was driving around in.  I felt that his life and safety were more important than jurisdictional lines.

These kind of issues resonate with me.  My second cousin’s family has been touched by the tragedy of suicide and to me that makes it personal.  In the life of my family we have walked some difficult roads too.  Nothing so tragic as suicide; but,  difficult none the less.

I came to realize that pain and suffering are God’s gift.  What?!  Yes, I said that pain and suffering are God’s gift.  Before you tune me out and turn me off let me explain.  When we suffer it causes us to take a look.  We look outside of ourselves.  We look inside ourselves and eventually we look up to God.  Look at the words of Paul in Phillippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”  Look at what Paul says in II Corinthians 12:7-9, “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

God in His wisdom give us these difficult times as a gift.  This gift is for the purpose of drawing us to Him to help us know Him better.

So, how are you doing?