Scripture for the week of November 22, 2015
What would you answer if you were asked what is your greatest desire? If we are honest and willing to be completely transparent most of us would acknowledge the deepest longingly of our hearts is to be loved. We all long for and cherish the loving relationships of family and friends. We are encouraged in these scriptures to give thanks to The Lord, God of gods, and Lord of lords because His love endures forever. In this Psalm, there are twenty-six declarations that His love endures forever following verses extolling the majesty of God’s creation, His awesome wonders, His mighty power and extravagant mercy. During this season of Thanksgiving we often remember and share the many things we are thankful for. It is also good to remember how blessed we are and to give thanks that The Lord God Almighty is good, He does great wonders and His steadfast love for us endures forever!
Psalm 19:14 The Voice
14 May the words that come out of my mouth and the musings of my heart
meet with Your gracious approval,
O Eternal, my Rock,
O Eternal, my Redeemer.
(The Quiz on Facebook was created by VonVon and the photograph was created by VonVon as well).
Scripture for the week of November 15, 2015
“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God. “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned… The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places s…mooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:1-5 (NKJV)
Have you ever struggled with the sorrow and sadness of this life or the overwhelming grief of a great tragedy with longing for comfort? Sometimes the agony of loss and the pain of injustice we experience in this world can be hard to bear as we search for our lost hope in the puddles of our tears. The prophet Isaiah twice declares to the people of God “comfort, comfort” (meaning a double portion) along with the end of warfare and mercy for their sinfulness. He exhorts them to prepare a way for the Lord; with the promise that the extreme highs and lows will be made right, the crooked and rough will be made straight and smooth, and that all would see the glory of the goodness of the Lord in their land. Oh, Lord, comfort the wounded hearts of your people once again and may Jesus, the Prince of Peace, be revealed for the healing of the nations that your glory and goodness will shine in all the earth. Amen.
Be Encouraged in the Lord welcomes Guest Author Bonnie S. Vaughan. We trust the Lord that Bonnie’s submission will Encourage and Bless you today.
The lion and the lamb, though two different creatures, will one day lie down together.
In a world of chaos, we sometimes wonder, “How can this world endure?” But as we focus on the Lord, we are full aware that He is in control, and all things will work out as He has planned. Even in our own lives we can have chaos and wonder, “How much longer, Lord?” Yet, He responds with a love that melts our hearts.
Yea, though I (you) walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I (you) will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4 NKJV). Emphasis added….
No matter what life throws our way, God has promised to never leave us, nor forsake us. His abiding presence is the blanket we wear, and the fragrance we smell.
Though we may not know what tomorrow holds, this one thing we do: casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7 NKJV). It’s in the “casting” that we are able to be free from the burdens that weigh heavy upon us; for in due season we will reap if we faint not.
Just as the lion and the lamb are so different, but will one day come together; our lives are so different without Christ. But when we come to Him, like the lion and the lamb, we will be one with Him, and life’s struggles and heartaches will fade away.
Whatever challenges you are facing, may you find His peace to be the shelter that you run into for safety.
© Bonnie S. Vaughan
Scripture for the week of November 8, 2015
Have you ever felt trapped between the battles behind you and impossibilities before you; at the end of your strength? In the words of Moses in these scriptures we are reminded that our loving all powerful God is with us. We are commanded to relinquish our fears, to stand strong and cling to Him in peace for He is fighting to save us. Casting all our fears on the Lord, He stills our hearts and restores our peace to trust that He is more than able to move mountains, part the seas and destroy all things against us never to be seen again! Lift your eyes to see the salvation of God in your life today, dwell in His freedom from all fear and to know the peace of God that passes understanding for He fights for you. Selah, ponder and rest in this truth. Amen.
Scripture for the week of November 1, 2015
Are you feeling battle weary and nearing the end of your strength in situations beyond your control? And is your trust in God shaking because of fear and you don’t understand? No matter how talented, strong or self sufficient we may be, there are times in each of our lives when we have to face our frailty, limitations, doubt and fears. Simply stated these scriptures are declaring to each of us, “Hey, don’t you know; haven’t you figured it out that God is never inadequate, insufficient, or lacking in anything! And guess what? He is able to create endless alternatives or options and we don’t have to understand it all or figure everything out.” We truly can find all the strength and support we will ever need Him! May you know God’s presence, strength, power and provision for you that goes beyond your inadequacies and understanding today and everyday.
Scripture for the week of October 25, 2015
Everyone at one time or another suffers the wounds of failed relationships whether it is family, a spouse, best friend or a boss. The hurt, grief, betrayal, injustice and anger can be extremely difficult to deal with or overcome. We can spin our mental and emotional wheels endlessly asking the questions “Why me?”, “How did this happen?”, and “What if…?” yet never finding the answers to soothe our hurting souls. This scripture reminds us that God’s love for ALL nations and ALL people never ends and never fails. No matter our color or culture we will always find His arms open to receive and restore us in His love that will never end! No matter our faults or failures our circumstances or sorrows the promise and healing hope of the Lord’s steadfast unfailing love knows no barriers nor boundaries. Let us ALL lift our voice in gratitude with hope and Praise The Lord!
We have opportunities to judge and be judged every day. Each and every time that we are confronted with one of these opportunities we can (1) Lay it at the feet of Jesus and ask Him how to pray or (2) Judge the person and situation ourselves setting the Word of the LORD Jesus in vain.
Matthew 5:21-22 (VOICE)
Righteousness is the reason Jesus has come—to make the people righteous through and through. He then begins to interpret the law of Scripture for them with this in mind.
21 As you know, long ago God instructed Moses to tell His people, “Do not murder;[a] those who murder will be judged and punished.” 22 But here is the even harder truth: anyone who is angry with his brother will be judged for his anger. Anyone who taunts his friend, speaks contemptuously toward him, or calls him “Loser” or “Fool” or “Scum,” will have to answer to the high court. And anyone who calls his brother a fool may find himself in the fires of hell.
Have you ever once considered that when God allows us to see something contrary to His Word. He is giving us an opportunity to co-labor with Jesus in His vineyard (which is the entire universe and all therein).
Many times in our normal everyday lives, God allows us to see with our natural eyes and hear with our natural ears the sinful nature of others. Especially in this the day of untruthful mass propaganda and social media. God does this to see if we will judge and condemn or offer what we see and hear back to Him as a prayer of intercession with the faith and compassion of Jesus our LORD.
Convicting others of their sin is not our responsibility. If we will all just stop for one moment and lay our personal soulish opinion aside, allow Father God through His Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into all Truth (Jesus – who IS The Way, Truth and Life).
Ask The LORD how to pray for each and every situation or person. He may give you a Scripture to read over the situation or person. He may give you a brand new heart of compassion for that person whom you consider your enemy. We are after all charged Love our enemies.
Matthew 5:43-48 (VOICE) 43 You have been taught to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.[a] 44 But I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you— 45 in so doing, you become children of your Father in heaven. He, after all, loves each of us—good and evil, kind and cruel. He causes the sun to rise and shine on evil and good alike. He causes the rain to water the fields of the righteous and the fields of the sinner. 46 It is easy to love those who love you—even a tax collector can love those who love him. 47 And it is easy to greet your friends—even outsiders do that! 48 But you are called to something higher: “Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Whatever He says to do – do it immediately and watch Him move in that situation as only He can.
Stop bombarding others with your negative and fearful propaganda. Jesus came that we would have authority over every situation yielded back to Him.
Luke 10:19 (VOICE) 19 I’ve given you true authority. You can smash vipers and scorpions under your feet.[a] You can walk all over the power of the enemy. You can’t be harmed.
When God allows us to see something that does not line up with His Word – it is a gift that He entrusting to you, it is a test that He is giving to you. He is watching to see what you will do.
Proverbs 18:21 (VOICE) 21 Words have power in matters of life and death, and those who love them will savor their fruit.
There is a huge difference in saying – This is happening in our world and I feel Father God prompting me to pray – will you join me in praying for these people.
(Hey yall better WALKEUP – The rulers of this generation are so stupid and they allowed this to happen.) Where is Jesus in that statement? That is pure hate speaking.
We must truly ask ourselves as the Body of Jesus Christ – Did (they) let all this happen or were we The Church too busy with our soulish, self-righteous judgment to unite our hearts in prayer. Did we forget that we can do all things in Christ?
Philippians 4:13 (NASB) 13 I can do all things [a]through Him who strengthens me.
We are to watch and pray. We are to stand and believe. We are to be the Church of the Everlasting, Never Ending Kingdom of Jesus Christ – Our LORD. King of Kings and LORD of Lords. He is watching and waiting for His Body the Church to mature and be who He paid such a dear price for.
Matthew 21:21 (NASB) 21 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.
How are you going to react to your next opportunity?
I pray in Jesus Mighty and Matchless name that you yield the situation back to the LORD and stand in the gap for the situation. Watch and Pray, take authority – speak to that mountain and call to be cast into the sea. Call on your brother’s and sister’s in Christ to agree with you.
Be the Body of Christ – in Word, Deed and Truth.
Abba Father – I personally ask for forgiveness for each and every time that I have judged a person and situation. I am not perfect Lord, but You are. Lord, I want to see this world as You See, hear and perceive as You hear and perceive. It is my will to line my life up to Your will and yield. I want to pray and stand in the gap for these situations with all of those who are willing to unite with me in faith. You paid the ultimate price Jesus for us to have the authority. You were were born, lived a sinless life, died on the cross and rose again for us to walk in Your authority. Please open the eyes of my understanding and lead me and guide me into all Truth (Eph 1:17-29) – In Jesus name Amen.
Lord, may we never forget Your Prayer and that our forgiving others has everything to do with our own forgiveness.
Matthew 6:9-15 (NASB)
9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 ‘Give us this day [a]our daily bread. 12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [b]evil. [c][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
John 5:19-20 (NASB) 19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever [a]the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.