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Philemon 7 “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”

From the very start of this pandemic,  I was encouraging friends across the country who were stuck at home to start a “Quarantine Ministry” using their gifts, talents, and passions.  I’ve heard so many incredible stories of how the Lord has used them, despite being stuck at home, I thought I’d share a few stories.  A Elementary School Teacher used her skills to help Moms at home come up with creative ways to help their kids learn.  A friend who’s a very talented seamstress learned of a need for masks and has sewn over 200.  But the miraculous part of this story is that the supplies she started out with have never run out!  Another friend started a daily video online of encouraging Scriptures to comfort and inspire those she couldn’t be with physically.  God uses us to console the downcast…and in return, we ourselves are refreshed, renewed, restored, and revitalized. (Proverbs 11:25)

II Timothy 2:23 “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”

Right now opinions are abounding from everyone.  “Open up the country!”…”No, we should say at home yet.”…”Churches should be able to open up.”…”No, it’s too early to gather together in groups.”  But what happens when you have all these contrasting opinions are silly arguments over semantics rather than what God’s Word actually says.  In this Scripture, Paul is writing to the young Pastor Timothy, warning him to avoid quarrels of “words” that stem from either party’s inadequate training in and/or deficient knowledge of Biblical disciplines.  So before we can express any kind of opinion, we must first know what God’s Word says about it…in order to handle correctly the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15).  But to know God’s Word, we must first get into God’s Word and allow it to enlighten us.

Job 3:25 ” What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.”

Being a Christian does not mean we are immune to difficulties, hardships, or afflictions…that’s because we live in a broken world.  And Job realized this…that troubles would come into his life.  But Job also saw that he could never take God’s blessings for granted.  So today, let’s all take a moment to count our blessings both great and small.  If all your family and friends are healthy and safe…thank Him.  If you have enough food to eat, a roof over your head, and clothing to wear…thank Him.    Jesus did not promise that our life here on earth would be void of suffering, quite the opposite.  For He tells us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  That’s because He’s the God of all comfort Who comforts us in the midst of all our troubles. (II Corinthians 1:4)  So today let’s thank Him for the many blessings we’ve received.

I Thessalonians 2:11-12 ” For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His Kingdom and glory.”

In God,  we have a good, good Father.  A heavenly Father that wants only the very best for His children.  So as Followers of Christ, we too should affirm the good in others.  For if we have willingly and freely accepted the Lord’s invitation of salvation into our lives…we need to live out to the best of our ability  His example.  For there’s enough negativity already in the world today…but Believers can change that by simply seeing and affirming the good in others.

Micah 2:7 ” Do not My Words do good to him whose ways are upright?”

There are many benefits to doing what’s right in the sight of the Lord.  That’s because God’s commands and promises within the Bible are for our good…both morally and practically.  For if we heed them, we will be known for our integrity and good character…not otherwise.  And when we follow closely after the Lord and not our fleshly desires…we find His favor.  For Psalm 84:11 tells us, The Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” NIV   So ponder this…it will only profit us to obey God.

Galatians 6:6 ” Anyone who receives instruction in the Word must share all good things with his instructor.”

This verse speaks specifically to those within the Church-body that preach and teach the Word of God.  They are to be compensated for their work.  But I would like to take this idea of consideration a step farther. When was the last time you thanked that friend who spoke encouragement, hope and prayed for you during a hard time in your life?   Or when was the last time you called a long-time friend who had been instrumental in your walk with God and thanked them for faithfully speaking the truth?  We could all benefit from reaching out to friends today and just thanking them for sharing the Good News.

II Corinthians 10:4 ” The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

Our battle isn’t against this carnal world, so our weapon of choice shouldn’t be of this world.  No, for spiritual warfare we need a unique and powerful weapon…a weapon straight from the most powerful source – God.    Jeremiah 23:29 states, “Is not My Word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”  God’s Word…His truth, is capable of destroying any stronghold that Satan has over a person’s life.  So when you don’t know what to pray…pray God’s Word, the Scriptures, into the situation.  By declaring His Word…all the power of heaven and earth is brought to bear by His authority.

Ezekiel 37:4 ” Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!’ “

Ezekiel was in a valley covered with the remains of a vast army.  As far as he could see, there were skeletons lying in piles.  So when God told him to speak to these corpses, Ezekiel probably thought to himself,  “You want me to preach to the dead?”  In a word, Yes!   And God wants us to preach to the dead also!  He wants us to speak life and hope into people’s lives that are perishing because of sin.  He wants us to share the Message of the Good News of Jesus to those who have never heard it.  For anytime we declare the Word of God to the world around us,  His Word is set free to work and give life to those listening…even if they seem to be ignoring us!  Ezekiel probably thought preaching to the dead would be a total waste of time…but he didn’t realize the life-giving power in God’s Word.  And so he watched in amazement as that vast army took a collective breath and rose to its feet.

Isaiah 40:8 ” The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.”

Our Lord is everlasting, eternal, and forever…and so is His Word.  Every word, command, and promise within the Bible was true at its conception…is true today…and will remain true into eternity.  The tremendous power  within the Word is found in Isaiah 55:11 where it says, “So is My Word that goes out from My mouth;  It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”   So we can then stand firm,  putting our faith and trust in His Word…knowing that His plan and purpose is being fulfilled in our life.

I Corinthians 1:17 ” For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

Most Believers have a tough time sharing with others the Good News of Jesus.  We think we need a memorized  speech…or a fancy, persuasive dialog before we even attempt to talk to others.  Or in our fleshly wisdom,  we think we must first somehow  “have it all together” ourselves  before we even consider sharing the Gospel message.  But the Good News of Jesus Christ really has nothing to do about our communication skills and more about showing God’s love to others.  Simple words of encouragement, and sharing about our own struggles go a long way to prompt others to feel comfortable and ask questions.  So remember, it’s not about the messenger, but the Message…and it’s not about the communication, but the Cross.