For the Sake of the Call by Conny Hubbard

Calla LilyI know hardly anyone who doesn’t have some kind of difficulty with a relationship. Through a recent struggle and much heart ache I have found a place in God where he took my pain and where I have found so much peace. This may not be popular theology in these times of instant gratification but God’s ways don’t change. I pray God would pour his healing balm into your heart and you would find that place of unshaken peace and trust in Him.

Sometimes God call us to die to our natural affections. For the sake of the call, for the sake revelation, we need to lay those down.

That doesn’t mean we care any less for our loved ones. Not at all! But it means we trade our natural affections for God’s heart for them.

Loving our family with the love of God causes a greater blessing in their lives than anything we could give them.

2 Corinthians 4:12 says this: “So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”

I die to my natural affections and bring them to the cross. And there at the cross fountains open deep and wide. Fountains of grace and mercy, fountains of love and joy.

God is after something. He could make that hard situation easily better in a flash. Although he doesn’t delight in seeing us suffer, he has a greater purpose to accomplish and a greater number of people to reach.

He says, “I could give you the answer or I could make you the answer. Which will you choose?”

If you choose to have your immediate need met at all cost – so be it. But that is like selling your birthright for a pot of stew.

If you choose to embrace the work it takes to make you an answer, it will cost you something. It might be painful. You might not see that result that you would like to see, but now you are a gate, a conduit for much grace and mercy for many, many people. And now you have his heart!

Down the road….
that seed you planted,
that death you died,
that bitter pill you swallowed,
that extra mile you went,
that price you paid

…will come back as something so glorious, so far beyond anything you could have imagined.

What he fashions out of that seed is far greater than your greatest vision for it.

Just trust him.
That’s all he asks.
That’s all you can do!

©Conny Hubbard, 2015

Cleanse by Lee Gossett

Be Encouraged welcomes Guest Author Lee Gossett. We trust the Lord that Lee’s submission will Encourage and Bless you today.

CleanseCleanse: We know that Scripture tells us that life and death are in the power of our tongues.

PROVERBS 18:21 Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose (MSG).

We can do a better job to guard our hearts and what comes out of our mouths. Just because you think it doesn’t mean you need to say it! Never have I seen such a time of disrespect in the world. Whatever is on our minds, comes out of our mouths. We need to be more thoughtful of the destructive nature of our words and the impact on others.

LUKE 6:43-45 You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the trees. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds (MSG).

Let’s ALL agree today that we can do better in this area to guard our hearts and watch what we say.

LUKE 6:45 Good people do good things because of the good in their hearts. Bad people do bad things because of the evil in their hearts. Your words show what is in your heart (CEV).

 

 

 

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the week for July 26, 2015

JoBeth54For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12 (NIV)

Have you ever heard someone say, “I love you to the moon and back” in trying to express the greatness of their love? God declares the magnitude of His love for as there is no end to the height of the heavens above the earth. You may ask what does it mean to fear the Lord? Simply, it means great reverence and awe for the Almighty-Creator-Ruler God of the universe and to acknowledge He is Lord over us individually as well. When we choose to fear the Lord, His lovingkindness removes the consequences of our failure to meet His standards of holiness and perfection as far from us as the east is from the west! How wonderful that is to understand that east and west never ever meet! May we choose the fear of the Lord and experience God’s extravagant love for us that is over the rainbow, beyond the moon and to the height of the heavens!

 

Be Strong by Beth Auman

Be StrongHear the LORD speaking this to you, right now.  He has been speaking this to me and I have received His Word in Jesus name. Please receive it and make this declaration with me.

Lord, I hear You and I make the declaration today that I receive Your command to be strong and courageous. I yield unto You LORD and I will never be afraid or discouraged because You are my God, The Eternal and I will remain with you wherever I go in Jesus name Amen and Amen.

This entry was posted on July 24, 2015, in Beth Auman.

Guidance by Lee Gossett

Be Encouraged welcomes Guest Author Lee Gossett. We trust the Lord that Lee’s submission will Encourage and Bless you today.

GuidanceGuidance: In a time where everyone has an opinion about everything, can you trust it? There is only one source for absolute and accurate instruction – that is the Word of God. Life is too important to depend on our own understanding and “will” to get through the difficult decisions that come our way.

PROVERBS 3:5-6 With all your heart, you must trust the Lord and not your own flawed judgment. Always let Him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow (CEV).

If you have a decision to make, what I’ve learned is to STOP and wait until you have peace about it. If you can’t feel peace in the moment, then there is a good reason to delay. It’s important to be “this” thoughtful.

JOHN 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come (ESV).

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of July 19, 2015

JoBeth53Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. Isaiah 46:9 (NIV)

Have you heard the saying,”You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you came from”? When we remember the stories of those before us that overcame great trials, handicaps, poverty, and wars we are encouraged that we can also overcome the trials before us. Likewise, God instructs us in this scripture to remember the former things. In the midst of our current needs and busyness have we forgotten the answered prayers and miracles we’ve experienced or learned in the past that will inspire our faith to trust God today? Twice God declares that He alone is God and there is none like Him! Let us remember there is no other God whose very nature is love, extends mercy, offers peace, forgives sin, heals diseases, rescues the lost, moves mountains, and knows the number of hairs on our heads! He is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords and commands the angelic armies of heaven; yet He hears our cries and carries us when we are weak. Praise God!

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of July 12, 2015

JoBeth52O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Psalm 34:8,10 (NKJV)

Have you ever longed for the taste of something like the first sip of coffee in the morning, your favorite piece of pie or maybe the best decadent chocolate as it melts in your mouth? There is nothing quite like that first taste that is so satisfying, that causes us to savor the moment and is often accompanied by the feelings of comfort and happiness. This verse seems to encourage us that we don’t have to struggle and fret because we can’t understand the whole Bible or to grasp all the ways of God. If we will just begin to taste a little at a time of God’s love, goodness, mercy and grace we will want to keep seeking for more and more of Him as we see the blessings of His comfort, peace and joy in every aspect of our lives. O taste and see that the Lord is good!

O’ Say Can you SEE – by Beth Auman

FlagCould it be that Francis Scott Key was trying to tell those of the future generations in the United States of America something? A great reminder to Trust God and Give Him all of the Glory? Read the entire poem.

He instructs us in the first verse “O’ say can you see?

O! say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there – O! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave? On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In full glory reflected now shines on the stream – ‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave. And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havock of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash’d out their foul foot-steps’ pollution, No refuge could save the hireling and slave, From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave; And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever when freemen shall stand Between their lov’d home,

and the war’s desolation, Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto – ‘In God is our trust!’ And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.   Francis Scott Key

I give God all of the Glory, I trust Him – and I want to See.  Read that very last verse, it’s not well known but WOW! when you read it – you will know why. They should have left that last verse in and never modified Francis Scott Key’s work. I would have never know this myself because I am not a history buff. I web cast with Glory of Zion and Robert Heidler on this last Sunday. It was awesome and I praise God for every opportunity to be a hearer of His Word and a Seer in His Kingdom.

We must all pray for America – we must cry out to God for America. No matter what we think or the way that we feel about what is going on. Personally, I find this difficult sometimes. It is really easy to allow negative emotions to rise up and curses to fly out of our mouths. I’m guilty of this and ask God for forgiveness.  We are human and some of what is going on in our world right now is really bad. But spreading negative things is not the answer. That gives God no glory at all.

Francis Scott Key was in a boat praying all night while rockets’ red glare (bombs going off), praying and watching to see if the flag was still standing. He was in a battle people. We are in a battle people and we will be battling until Jesus returns. We will only win this in our prayer closets on our knees, speaking blessings and not curses.

God is still on His throne and He commanded us to speak Blessing. Not curse. Don’t speak a single curse out of your mouth over the United States of America. If you can’t say one good thing over America then please – re-read Francis Scott Key’s entire poem out loud – or read the end of the Bible out loud. But, do not speak any form of curse out of your mouth over the United States of America because when you do that – you are cursing your own self, your own generations, your land. The land that God has given to you through the purchased price of Jesus Christ’s Blood.  Watch your mouth, death and life are in the power of your tongue.

Proverbs 18:21 (NASB) 21 Death and life are in the [a]power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

When we as believers in Jesus Christ see something that makes us feel a negative emotion, we are to speak life to that situation, not death. God gave His Word so that we could know right from wrong. When anything comes against the Word of God – negative emotions are stirred within us. However, in our humanity, we spew out the first thing that bubbles up our of our mouths. That is not what God wants us to do and that is not what Jesus did when faced with situations in the Bible. God shows each of us things – for prayer and intercession. Don’t allow the devil access to your tongue, Always ask God what He wants you to pray, declare or decree into the situation.

There are so many things going on in our world today, we must first and foremost know that God has things well in hand. He has a plan and we must yield to His plan and Trust Him. When we speak negativity towards people, government and leaders thereof, we are speaking death. We are on God’s side and we do not agree with many things that are going on in this world, God certainly does not agree with many of the things that are going on in our world right now, however these things did not surprise God. He see’s all and know’s all and His plan to deal with sin is and always will be the shedding of His Son’s blood on the cross. We must all remember that we are responsible for and will give account for every idle word that comes out of our mouth.

Matthew 12:36 (KJV) 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment

Take a page out of History – which by the way is HIS Story. The Story of Jesus Christ – it all points to Jesus. The very word used to look at the past things is History – His Story.  O’ say can you see?

Father God, open the eyes of our understanding in Jesus name so that we can see His Story clearly, we yield to You and give you all of the Glory, Praise and Honor. Bless us with victory and peace. May the heaven rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause is just, And this be our motto – ” In God We Trust! And the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave over the land of the free, and the home of the brave. In Jesus name. Amen and Amen

I have read the end of the Bible – and perhaps it’s time that you read it too. So today I bring the very end of the Bible for you to read. I chose the font color of the end of the Bible red because it was purchased with the Blood of Jesus Christ. Our freedom is a part of His Story. America is a part of His Story and in His name we will fulfill our destiny and be the over comers that Jesus is coming back for. I inserted the photo of the rainbow because the rainbow belongs to God, He created it and it is His promise to His People that the end of the Bible will come to pass. He will never again flood the entire earth.  It shall be fulfilled – All Glory, Praise and Honor to the Most High God in Jesus name Amen and Amen

Revelation - The End

John 8:31-32(NASB) The Truth Will Make You Free

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Only if we continue in The Word of God will the truth be revealed to us and make us free.  Jesus is the Way, Truth and Life.  John 14:6 (NASB) Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior today and know the Truth, follow Him because He is the Way and Live Eternally with Him in Heaven with His Father – The Creator of the entire Universe, The Eternal One. Jesus Loves you and He is waiting for you to give your heart to Him.

Romans 10:8-10 (VOICE) But what does it actually say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”[a] (that is, the good news we have been called to preach to you). So if you believe deep in your heart that God raised Jesus from the pit of death and if you voice your allegiance by confessing the truth that “Jesus is Lord,” then you will be saved! 10 Belief begins in the heart and leads to a life that’s right with God; confession departs from our lips and brings eternal salvation.

See, that’s what it is all about, Salvation.  All of the Battles and Wars, prejudice, rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air.  O’ Say Can You SEE? We are to Pray for the Salvation of America, to Bless America. Pray for everyone’s Salvation.  Perhaps all will not be saved but if we don’t ask, if we don’t bless, if we don’t do what the Bible says to do then who are we?

Our great commission is Mark 16:15-16 (NASB) 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

I pray for each of you to become Salvation minded, that God Himself will give each of you the boldness and heart to walk into every  Grocery Store, Shopping Plaza, Mall, Gas Station,  Truck Stop, Dr.’s office, Law Firm, City Council building, Place of employment , everywhere that you go and Bless that place and everyone in it. Bless them and Ask God for every person’s Salvation that is in that and give God all of the Glory, Praise and Honor in Jesus name. Amen and Amen

Romans 10:8-10 The Voice (VOICE) But what does it actually say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”[a] (that is, the good news we have been called to preach to you). So if you believe deep in your heart that God raised Jesus from the pit of death and if you voice your allegiance by confessing the truth that “Jesus is Lord,” then you will be saved! 10 Belief begins in the heart and leads to a life that’s right with God; confession departs from our lips and brings eternal salvation.

Love Beyond Measure. Beth Auman

 

 

This entry was posted on July 11, 2015, in Beth Auman.

A Heavy Load by Conny Hubbard

BowingSunflowerRecently I went on several long trips and each time, somewhere along the way, we passed a trailer with a wide or heavy load followed by a vehicle that alerted other drivers with a large sign saying Heavy Load. Transporting half a double-wide mobile home or any other overweight or over dimensional load takes up a lot of space and it can be dangerous.

Knowing how to deal with the challenges of such a transport is crucial. This is true in the natural but also in the spiritual realm. As I thought about it I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to write down some thoughts. The first thing I noticed is the escort car or the pilot car as it is also called. Just as the driver pulling an extra heavy load depends on that pilot car so we believers depend on God’s help to guide us and help us.

It made me think of an old song called Jesus, Pilot Me.
Here is the first verse of that hymn:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach’rous shoal.
Chart and compass came from thee;
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

How wonderful it is to feel God’s everlasting arms underneath us, knowing that He carries us along, safely and securely to our desired destination.

Jesus also gave us a promise in the New Testament.

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. NIV

Just as there are different kinds of loads being transported on the roadways there are different kinds of burdens. Some are due to life’s situations such as a major move, an illness, the loss of a loved one, divorce or broken relationships and more too numerous to name.
Some burdens are self-inflicted and the Bible warns us in the following scripture to guard our hearts. God does not want us to carry these kinds of burdens.

Luke 21:34 “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; NASB

Some burdens are given to us by God Himself. As we pray and intercede for others we feel their pain and heartache and in prayer we help carry those burdens to the cross.

Galatians 6:2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. NIV

When we are carrying a heavy load, we are not meant to do it alone. We need help and we should humbly ask for and accept the help offered to us. If you are carrying a burden today, go to the Lord with it, really open up your heart and share it with Him. If He so leads, you may also need to share it with a brother or a sister. You will find that the heavy load all of a sudden is much easier to bear.

A note about the sunflower photo:  The sun flower signifies the heavy burden that it is carrying – but within the burden and through the intercession are much seeds. From that one plant carrying such a heavy load – thousands of new sun flowers will be. What a dynamic and amazing picture of carrying a heavy load of intercession. We may not always get to see the outcome – however, if we yield to the Lord when that heaviness comes upon us and do whatever it is that He is asking us – share, pray, intercede, declare, decree, testify – the outcome of that obedience only comes from first lifting our faces and voices unto the Lord – just like the sun flower and the impact is more than we could ever imagine. Just as the sun flower’s heavy load of seed.  Love Beyond Measure. Beth..