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As we approach the end of this five day Encouragement series, I want to leave you with this:
Whether it be your coworkers, friends, family, or perhaps a complete stranger, make it an effort to make a positive difference in their life. Perhaps you have a difficult time putting the focus and “spotlight” on someone else. Do something nice for someone for a change. Be positive in this world. There is so much negativity and fear in this world. WE can be the change. Even if it’s a stranger walking down the road. You can make a difference. Go outside of your comfort zone to help someone, or open the door for someone. Try to figure out how each one of your family members feels loved, and then do your best to fill their love tank. Everyone deserves to be loved, and sadly not everyone in this world feels loved. This is why, as children of God, it is our responsibility to do our best to love His people. Perhaps there may be someone that we don’t necessarily like, like someone that we work with. In either circumstance, our job is not to judge and think negative thoughts about that individual. Though the temptation may come, we need to take our thoughts captive and turn them around. There are many ways that we can make a difference in someone’s life. There are many ways that we can even make a difference in this world. It’s up to us whether we will take action and follow Yeshua’s (Jesus’) example. Be kind, be generous, be considerate, and do your best to love people how THEY feel loved. Not how you THINK they feel loved. That is a very important thing to remember. Either way, you will be blessed for reaching out to love in whatever way that looks like. Yeshua died on the cross for me. And he died for you too. That is certainly enough for me to spread the love that he shed for us. There are many people out there that just have no clue how much value they have, and in my opinion, I believe it is this generation that needs to rise up and show the people of God who they are and how loved they are. Be the change.
From January of 2015:
“When we look into the mirror, what do we see? Do we see ourselves through our eyes, or the way our Heavenly Father sees us? Do we spend enough time with Him to even know what He says about us? Perhaps learning how to think of yourself and your personal life on a deeper level from God’s perspective will help you understand how remarkably valued and treasured you are.
How do we spend our time? Life constantly seems to consume our time. Sometimse it takes up so much of our time that we’re not able to take a five or ten minute prayer break. It’s so easy to forget our time with God. When our time gets so easily consumed with things that are not of Him, our mind and thoughts begin to think how world thinks: “I don’t know what I’m doing anymore, everything I do falls flat. I feel like a failure”. Do you know why most of the time when you look at yourself in the mirror you think such thoughts or worse? The enemy does three things: steal, kill, and destroy. His tactics to destroy and deceive are high on the scale. BUT there is a higher power. “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Ex. 14:14). Everything you struggle with, every trial, difficulty, or seemingly worthless situation should not weigh upon your heart and mind. The enemy can have a strong hold on your mind if you let him. Be mindful and careful of whom you let have control over your heart and mind. As God’s Word says, He will fight for you. Silence your negative, demeaning, self-condemning thoughts towards yourself and your life. Wake up extra earlier or stay up a little longer to spend time with your King. The more you soak yourself within His presence you will be reassured by His promises and know how He sees you! “Therefore do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward.” (Heb. 10:35) Be confident in yourself and who you are through Him.”
This entry was from December 14, 2014:
“As a young person, I ask myself often, “What are God’s plans for my life? What am I to do next?” Sometimes I think I know where God is leading me but then the path that I started walking down slowly comes to a dead end and I find myself disappointed. I’ve personally had to learn to be okay with not having plans, and be okay with the changing of plans. Even if things don’t or didn’t go how planned, we need to remind ourselves that He is in control, and His plans are ultimately bigger and better. It’s often hard to just place our entire life and future into His hands. We become afraid of the unknown. Fear and doubt begin to reside within us. I’m learning and am continuing to learn everyday how to let Him take the reigns in my life, and let Him take full control over every single detail that I encounter. I want Him in control. It’s just so easy to make our own decisions and take back the reigns that were never given to us to begin with. Know this: He holds our future whether we let Him guide it or not. It’s in the palm of His hands. It’s up to us whether we choose to allow God to ordain our future and what it holds, or if we will walk it out ourselves thinking we have it under control. When in reality, we internally know that we are afraid to take the next step not knowing what will happen. Walking in faith is walking with God.”
I find it astonishing how brave and courageous Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were during those trying and demanding moments with king Nebuchadnezzar. When he demanded them to bow to statues and gods, they did not even have to think twice about what to do. They knew they only worshipped one true, living God – Yahweh Elohim, Lord of all. Though they worked in the king’s chambers (Dan 3:12), they did not bow down to him or any of his gods. They knew the charges that would take place for their actions. For it was a demand from the king of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a huge, blazing hot fire (Dan 3:20). The men weren’t even afraid because they knew that God was with them. They even declared in a manner of words, that if there was a God that was able to save them, then He would. If not, they still would not bow down and worship false idols (Dan 3:17-18). The men of God walked into and out of that scorching furnace untouched, unhurt, without even one hair on their head singed (Dan 3:27). The Almighty had saved them from suffering and an undeserved death. From that day on, King Nebuchadnezzar vowed his life over to the God of Israel, the One who saved the three, courageous men.
I think we can learn from the story a very important lesson. If we truly claim that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is our Lord and Savior, if we vow our lives to live for Him alone, then we should also be willing to do absolutely anything. Even if it means to give up our life to bring glory and honor to His name. Do not be ashamed to reach out to people or share God’s word. For it is a blessing! It could save a life, it could heal a scar or wound. Living for Yahweh is making a difference. I hope and pray that he will give me the courage to stay strong and continue to stand up for His kingdom. I also pray the same for you that you will be strong and courageous when the fire comes in your life. Don’t be ashamed to walk right through it. Don’t forget Who is with you. Use this story as a great example when those trying times come in your life. Even if it’s something so small… You can play a major role in it if you make the right decision.