When we talk about walking the walk of a Christian there are several things we need to consider. We need to know where we are going and how to get there. These two essential elements are necessary for any journey. So, do you know where you’re headed? Where you’re going in life? Do you profess to be a Christian? Are you walking the walk of faith as a follower of Jesus?
The disciples were challenged when Jesus talked to them about the journey...where He was going and what He was doing. John 14:4-6 says: “And you know the way to where I am going.” “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Consider this: not only do we need to know where we are going and how to get there, we also...
We find advice for the journey in Psalm 37:
“Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.” Psalms 37:1-7
“Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path.” Psalm 37:34
God says if you do, the land (blessings now & heaven to come) will be yours.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 37
Prayer: Lord, thank you for showing me the way to know you personally through Jesus Christ. Help me as we journey together...to follow well and to bring others along. Amen
God has a variety of names—such as Creator, Lord, King, and Shepherd—and they reveal various aspects of His character. But there’s a name for Him that meets one of our most basic human needs in an intimate way: Father. Now, for some that doesn’t seem appealing because you may have had an absentee father or a father who wasn’t the best role model. However, God is a loving father. Psalm 103:13 - “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.”
But the question is: “Do you know Him as your father?”
Sunday - Psalm 103
Monday - Galatians 4;4-7
Tuesday - John 14:1-11
Wednesday - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Thursday - Isaiah - 68:4
Friday - 1 Corinthians 8:6
Saturday - 1 John 3:1-3
Lord, thank you for loving me as you do. Thank you for providing through Jesus the way by which I can know you as my Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Provider and Father. Amen
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT
What is encouragement?
Well, it’s the opposite of discouragement!
The dictionary says encouragement is:
We all like the Sound of encouragement!
We all need encouragement at different times in our lives.
Do you know someone who needs to be encouraged? Maybe it’s even you. How about it…do you need encouragement?
1 Samuel 30:6 in the KJV, says this “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”
At this low point in David’s life, with no-one around to encourage him, he could’ve given in. But instead he encouraged himself in God. In other words, David remembered God was with him, poured out his heart to Him, and came to the conclusion: ‘If God is for me, who can be against me?’
There is an important place for encouraging ourselves in God. It will keep us from giving up when the going gets tough.
Be encouraged in the Lord.
Scripture Reading for the Week: Psalm 103
Prayer: Lord, your word reminds me that you are the source of all comfort. Thank you for providing comfort, joy, strength and peace in my life. You are truly my greatest source of encouragement. Help me to be an encourager to others. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts