Tag: encouragement

God is faithful

[cross-posted from www.kimberlygallagher.com]

I was just looking out onto the autumn landscape, savoring a moment of calm and that “settled” feeling that only comes from knowing that God has had his hand on my life from the very beginning. Through every twisting, turning, joyous or horrific moment, He has never left me even before I had a relationship with Him!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Be encouraged today that whatever road you’re on, whatever circumstance you’re facing, whatever life stage you’re in, God is still with you and He still has a plan for you.

“…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

faithfulness

[cross-posted from www.kimberlygallagher.com]

Focus on faithfulness and obedience in every task God gives you to do, no matter how small or insignificant it might appear. Maybe God gave you a big-picture vision and you have no idea how to get there. Don’t get mired down, worry, or lose heart. Focus on serving Him one step at a time, even if you’re on Step #1,247 wondering where the road is going to lead or when God is going to move. You never know what God will do next and He will direct your steps in HIS timing!

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10)

the work has been done

[cross-posted from www.fixedonhim.wordpress.com]

I am taking an American History class at Liberty University Online, and it dawned on me that all the work has been done for me to have freedoms and relax in our country; work done by many, from the Puritans to the pilgrims, the Native Americans, the French and Spanish, the indentured servants and the slaves. The many people who gave their lives, who suffered the harsh elements, disease, war, starvation, etc. Although some of those who came to this land had less than noble motives nonetheless progress came and the America we now know came.

Then it made me think about my relationship with God and how all the work has been done for me to enter that relationship with him. I didn’t have to suffer and die, I didn’t have to work years and years in the hope that some day that hard work would pay off and I could be living free of pestilence and disease, living free of death’s grip, living in total victory and not just a hope of victory, no, this was all accomplished, completed, finished by Jesus Christ, God’s one and only son, who loves me and thought of me when he finished his work on the cross. Jesus, like the early settlers, didn’t just pave the way so others could add to and finish the work. Jesus, by giving his life as a ransom, paid the full price and completed the work. That all who call on his name and believe that he was raised from the dead will be saved. Where are you at today? Are you working to add to the already completed work? Or are you resting in the victory that has already been won?