Encouragement ~ Key Verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“Don’t use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”  Ephesians 4:29  NLT

A few years ago I was on the playground with my children when I heard the airwaves fill  up with explosive and ugly language.  I couldn’t believe my ears!  Then I couldn’t believe my eyes!  Those nasty words were pouring from the mouth of a teenage girl and her target was another student with her at the playground.

What to do?  I approached her and said, “Please control your tongue; there are children around.  But you know what? I was stunned to hear such coming from you.  You look like a kind and thoughtful person.  But then you opened your mouth, and the sewer came running out of it.  I think you can do better than that.”

Well needless to say she was stunned.  Rotten language is not a fitting response to grace.  Encouragement builds up another person by imparting courage.  More often than not, most people desperately need to hear an encouraging word.  Their airwaves are full of voices that seek to tear them down.

“Don’t use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”  Ephesians 4:29

Hindrances ~ Key Verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“But all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.”  Mark 4:19 NLT

God is always sowing good seed into our lives. But we are not always prepared to bear the fruit that God intends.  The message of God can be crowded out, keeping us unfruitful.  Jesus wants us to be fruitful so he warns us.  I want to pay attention to what God is saying to me.  We are so easily distracted from trusting Him, obeying Him, entering into a life of faith with Him.  Repentance means that I change my mind about those things in respect to His grace and truth.  Then the pathway of faith brings me to  new thinking and new action.

“But all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.”  Mark 4:19

Thanksgiving ~ Key Verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I have a friend who visited Vancouver and had this to say of her week here:  “Vancouverites need someone to thank.”  In a place so stunning and blessed, the absence of gratitude was notable.   Gratitude is generated by knowing you have someOne to thank.

Without knowing God, who shall we thank?  At our table before a meal I said, “Let’s give thanks to God.”  A visiting friend of one of our kids said, “Why should we do that?”

How would you answer his question?

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Youth ~ Key Verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.  Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”  1 Timothy 4:2 NLT

Well I keep getting older and these verses continue to inspire and encourage me!  In the Disciple-Making journey we are to always be sharing the Gospel life with those who are younger / newer in the faith than we are.  However, sometimes we will get to share this life with those who are older too, even in age.

As a follower of Jesus, “youth” is never an excuse for behaving badly.

Paul lived with the motto, “imitate me.”  So to, we are to have that internal mindset.  Someone else may be inspired to receive Jesus’ grace because of the way we live.

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.  Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”  1 Timothy 4:2  NLT

Faith ~ Key Verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“And it is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.  Hebrews 11:6  NLT

I had a friend who would ask, “Do you believe God?’’ Her simple question pushed deep into my relationship with God.  Faith matters to God.  It is the way we enter into our relationship with Him.  To trust Him, to believe Him, to adjust my life accordingly, are all responses to His love shown to us through Jesus Christ.

Do you believe God?

“And it is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who wants to come to him just believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6