Encouraging one another

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16 ESV)

So let’s do it!!!

 

Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat. He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow. He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel. He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 147 ESV)

Amen!

God is powerful all the time… and good

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8: 3-5

Think of Rachel. Think about the man at the pool of Bethesda. What do they have in common? God’s goodness!

We see in the Scriptures God blessing people because of their faith, their righteousness, their prayers, etc. Then there are those examples where people receive mercy and help despite their lack of faith, their lack of prayer and their unrighteousness. Rachel? She was all about prevailing over her sister. But God thought of her and gave her the desire of her heart. The man at the pool couldn’t even say to Jesus, “Lord, please help me.” And Jesus healed him.

That is true goodness, true kindness to show mercy and love just for the sake of mercy and love. And God does that a lot. Think of when you weren’t so full of faith, when repentance was hard and praying harder, and God was just blessing you, taking care of you. Do you remember? I do.

We have a God who is good in His essence and who has the power to do the good He wants. So let’s forget our worries and pains and let be at peace, praising Him because  He really cares.

“The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!” Psalm 145:8-10

Without fear

It has been a while… One year I think. A year filled with fears, doubts, but also with love, grace, and power. A year filled with God.

Today, I would like to share with you verses that encourage me a lot. I just like them. They are found in Luke 1.

Zechariah, John’s father prophesied, praising the Lord. And he said,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” Luke 1: 70-75

God’s will for us is that we serve Him without fear. Many times because of fear, we don’t serve God in holiness, we stop being righteous. We compromise and lie out of fear. We lie to get or keep a job, friends, respect, etc. We compromise to belong, to feel loved, not to be rejected or persecuted, etc. We sin because we are afraid of something or someone. If only we knew who is our God, if only we knew more about His sovereignty and love, then we would be faithful to Him at any cost.

We need to know him as the one who has all power, who is in control of everything, even of the number of our hair. We need to remember that nothing can happen to us if He doesn’t let it happen. And we need to remember how much He loves us. In Christ, God has shown His power and His love. Christ died because of God’s love and resurrected through His power. God sent His son so that no fear might prevent us to glorify Him.

I pray we will know God more and deeper and trust Him fully to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness.

At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”” Daniel 4: 34-35

So anxious!?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

That people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things. Isaiah 45:6-7

There are so many reasons to be anxious. Everything we do and say, everything we are and have , all the things we fail to do and say, all the things we are not and don’t have are reasons to be anxious. I have been so anxious lately, anxious about my past, anxious about my present and anxious about my future. And God, in His amazing grace, reminded me how foolish I was to be anxious. After all I am just a creature. (Matthew 6:25-34)

The Holy Spirit convinces me that I need to stop being anxious, not because everything is going to happen as I want, but because I am not the one in control (Proverbs 19:21).

I cannot change the past and decide for the future. I can plan, dream, but at the end there is only one being that can give a meaning to my past, decide for my present and build my future, God. Only Him has the power to do something about anything. And the good news is I am His creature, and more His daughter.

The one who decides of victories and failures (Proverbs 21:31-32), the one who says a word and things happen (Psalm 33:9, Lamentations 3:17, Romans 4:17), is my Father and He cares for me. I am His and He is going to make everything work for my good (Romans 8:28).

So I can plan, build, watch over without being anxious for the one who decides cares for me (Psalm 127:1-2). So my new plan is to let Him teach me how to just seat, enjoy the landscape and rejoice.

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 131

When carrying too heavy a load

“I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing well to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.” (Jeremiah 32:40–41)

Life can be burdensome, especially when you are single. You have to carry your load alone. Of course there are friends and brothers and sisters in Christ who help, encourage and advise you, but it is not the same. There is that feeling of loneliness, that desire for a partner, that longing for someone to carry life burdens with us.

However there is a good news. We are not alone. There is someone who not only understands, support, encourages and helps us, but he also carries our load. He frees us from the burden of bearing your own load. He does the work.

Read attentively these verses.

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4)

No eye has seen a God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.

(Isaiah 64:4)

The eyes of the LORD run through the earth, to show himself strong for those who trust him. (2 Chronicles. 16:9).

If I were hungry, I wouldn’t tell you. Call on me, I will deliver you. You will glorify me. (Psalm 50:15).

To old age I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. (Isaiah 46:4).

I worked harder than any, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians. 15:10).

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1).

Whoever serves, let him serve by the strength God supplies, so that in everything God may be glorified. (1 Peter 4:11).

Work out your own salvation, for it is God who works in you, to will and to work”. (Philippians 2:12–13).

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:6–7).

 

Our God is the one who does the work. So in the midst of our pains, difficulties and anxieties, let’s wait for the one who promised to do us good.

How many hair do you have?

So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:26-33

What do you think about your hair? Some spent a lot of time taking care of those fine thread-like strands. Others just don’t care. At the end of the day, hair is not that important. We can live without. But our heavenly Father numbered them.

But why? Because He cares. His providence extents to all His creature, even to sparrows.  And because in His mercy He gave us more value than they, He knows how many of them we have on our heads. And if God numbers the hairs of His people, much more does He number their heads and take care of their lives and souls. God takes more care of us than we do ourselves. We never miss our hair that fall, but God knows every one of them. And not a hair of our head will perish (Luke 21:18). We are so precious to God that even the less considerable part of us is important for Him.

As the Holy Spirit says: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32

Today (every day) is the perfect moment to rest in the love of God and to walk through life with confidence.