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Surviving Summer | Encouragement

Something to think on, as many of us wonder how ever will we survive Summer (whether for health reasons or maybe another trial).

Remember, GREATER is He! Our God is sooo mighty…. and good! He will be our ever present help!

“The earth has four creatures that are very small but very wise: The feeble ant has little strength, yet look how it diligently gathers its food in the summer to last throughout the winter.

The delicate rock-badger isn’t all that strong, yet look how it makes a secure home, nestled in the rocks…”

Proverbs 30:24‭-‬26 TPT

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Come and Drink (Eph. 4:5-7)

This is where we will be parked for the next few days.

“There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all. However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ (Ephesians 4:5‭-‬7 NLT).”

Our God has treasures, waiting for us – as we pray and open His Word. May we draw ever so nearer to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, and be reminded of the strength He gives to us.

From the Pulpit Commentary:

“There is one body (see Ephesians 2:16). The Church is an organic whole, of which believers are the members, and Christ the Head, supplying the vitalizing power: The real body, being constituted by vital union with Christ, is not synonymous with any single outward society…”

Click here for more from the commentary.

Our Mighty God supplies the vital power. Jesus Christ is our essential and the head of the Church.

We need to depend much more on Him and His power than we often do. This is what I am reminded of, as I open this week’s text.

We all, myself included, need His vitaling power. Why try to go on living life without Him as our source of strength?

The Holy Spirit is how our God can (and will) strengthen us. As we sit with Him and enjoy His presence, what do we think will happen?

When I meet with the Lord, I am given two gifts as I worship. Peace with the Lord, and joy found only in Christ!

The words of Isaiah 55 are echoing on my heart this morning:

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!

Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good?

Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open.

Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.
(Isaiah 55:1‭-‬3)”

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Glorious Hope

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future (Ephesians 4:3‭-‬4 NLT).”

Like many of you, I am finding it difficult to stay engaged on social media due to the lack of peace and unity. When I step away from social media and find myself celebrating God’s biblical truth, I am in a far better place.

This week, I have been basking in the glorious hope of our Risen Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and Colossians 3! Even though our world is spiraling out of control, it does not change who God is or His ability to save us (you and me)! Because of Christ Jesus as our Savior, we have a steady hope that can never be taken from us.

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 

John 10:28-29

How are you being reminded of His glorious hope? And, how are you staying united in Christ?

Spend extra time with the Lord this weekend, my friends. Our souls need Him so much more than we realize. Right now, everything feels as though it is flared up. We need to spend time with our Lord Jesus, so we can keep the mind of Christ and remember to be taught by Him (instead of allowing ourselves to be taught by the world).

We get the opportunity to be Disciples of Jesus, to be intimately taught and guided by our Mighty God. What a privilege to love God and others in our daily lives!

The hope found in Christ is nothing like, “I hope we can eat out for dinner.” The kind of hope we have through Jesus Christ is so much greater than anything this world can give us!

Hang in there, and keep seeking Christ!

Stace

P.S. . . Please keep me in your prayers. My mental health is experiencing its own flare up these past several weeks. Here is a little “pick me up”, if you find yourself in a rough place also.

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Reading for Monday, June 15

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future (Ephesians 4:3‭-‬4 NLT).”

This week’s Scripture is Ephesians 4:3-4. I am looking forward to studying this passage on a deeper level, when able. Have a blessed week!

I am reminded of my ultimate goal, to draw increasingly nearer to our Savior Jesus Christ. Instead of chasing other things. It is so important. Even now. Especially now!

How are you all doing?

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Honorable

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of Your love. – Ephesians 4:1-2, NLT

Today, I just keep thinking about honorable living. What am I doing to live a honorable life? This Scripture we are examining this week isn’t talking about worldly definition of honor, which is “morally correct or honest”.


For those of us who are seeking Jesus Christ to be King of our lives, this means choosing to glorify our Mighty God. It is about our King, knowing He will work all things for our good (see Rom. 8:28). It is choosing to live and act because of God’s character and redemption plan for us!


I cannot imagine trying to live and act outside of Christ. Earthly honor is nothing, in comparison to that of Christ’s glory. Oh friends, what are we doing to live for Christ’s honor and glory? What are we doing to show ourselves as His beautiful soldiers and how He has changed us from the inside-out?


When we make it our aim to live a life worthy of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice, He will provide all we we need! When we make it our aim to live for Christ and remember what He has done for us through the cross and His resurrection, there will be exceedingly less injustice than we experience in our present world (as each of us run to Jesus).


Oh friends, keep running to our King Jesus, and everything He is!